the happiness advantage
I saw a program on PBS that really hit home with me as it was all about how to be happy. As an optimist, I always find the bright side of any situation. I don’t have trouble finding a happy place. That, however, is not so easy with the person I used to live with. So I took notes during the program, and thought I’d share them with you here so that those who have difficulty focusing on the positive things in life can learn the advantages of being happy.
enjoying the ripple effect of the happiness advantage
The Happiness Advantage is the name of a book by Shawn Achor, who teaches Positive Psychology at Harvard University. Achor tells us that happiness is a work ethic, and that happiness will increase the odds of our being successful in our life and career. Achor says we have to train our brain to be happy. Here are some tips to get you on your way:
1) Dedicate a notebook to be your “Gratitude Journal” and every day, write down three things that you are grateful for. Try to make them different each day, to broaden the way you interpret your life. Having gratitude gives you the attitude to put a smile on your face and the face of others.
2) Double your chances of being happy by writing for 2 minutes each day about something that made you happy over the past 24 hours.
3) Exercise or do something fun and active for 15 minutes each day.
4) Add three smiles to your day by smiling at three people over the course of the day and watch the ripple effect take place.
5) Recharge your happiness battery through meaningful social connections.
6) Praise the people who have impacted your life in a positive way. Do this is the form of an e-mail or send a card for maximum impact.
7) Mediate for at least two minutes, focusing on your breathing in and out. This is a powerful tool to help you focus on the task at hand or what you need to accomplish.
Try these tips and see if you can get the happiness advantage to work for you. And please let me know how you make out and if you’ve read Achor’s book. We can never get too much happiness in our lives!