Creating A Habit of Happiness

Are you happy?  Do you focus on the positive of every situation?  According to Psychologist and CEO of Good Think, Inc., Shawn Achor's research, he believes there exists a definite advantage to being happy.  Those who are able to focus on the positive in the present moment display a "happiness advantage" and are more apt to secure and keep their jobs, generally have superior productivity and are more resilient to burnout and stress.

He believes that our environment of constant negative news stories train us to accept and focus on the negative aspects of every situation.  Which is why it is more important than ever to train our minds to focus on the positive every day and develop a habit of being happy in the present moment.

He suggests the following five activities to practice happiness in the present moment and advises doing these daily for 21 days to establish a habit.

3 Gratitudes

Every morning, write down three things you are grateful for, which helps to train your mind to focus on the positivity of each day.  You can do this daily in your Ignited Life Planner under the 'Thankful For' section.

What I'm Thankful For

Journaling

Journaling about your day and particularly, listing one positive thing that happened during the day, allows you to re-live the moment.  You can do do this daily in your Ignited Life Planner under the 'Today's Wins / Learnings' section.

Today's Wins

Exercise

Exercising, particularly outdoors, allows your mind and body an escape from the busyness of each day and is a form of self-care.  Keep track and schedule your exercise routine in the 'Health' section of your Ignited Life Planner, or check out my free planner sticker template to keep track of your workouts.

Stickers

Meditation

Mindful meditation is a form of centering and focus of your mind.  You can focus on certain positive affirmations or mantras and it really helps to calm a stressed and overworked mind.  Check out my post  "More Patience And Joy In Just 10 Minutes A Day!" for a free, easy tool to help you with this.

Random Acts of Kindness

Shawn suggests sending an email every day that praises and thanks a close friend, coworker or relative.  Doing this daily helps you to focus on the positive of each person, as well as spread the positivity to impact others.  For inspiration on other random acts of kindness you can do daily, check out Orly Wahba's book, Kindness Boomerang: How to Save the World (and Yourself) Through 365 Daily Acts.

Source: If you have the time, please check out Shawn Achor's hilarious TED Talk video, "The Happy Secret To Better Work".

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