One of my favorite things to do is to watch TED talks. I appreciate the fact that I can, wherever I am, whenever I want, in ten minutes, learn about a new field.
My favorite field to learn about is the psychology of happiness. I probably enjoy this field, because I learned that individuals can easily control happiness. And, I like control.
I wanted to share the top 5, easy things you can do to be happier. I’ve tried all of them at some point and can attest to the fact that they work:
1) Bring gratitude to mind: Write down three NEW things that you are grateful for each day
2) Journal: About a positive experience you’ve had recently for two minutes once a day
3) Exercise: Engage in 15 minutes of mindful cardio activity
4) Meditate: Watch your breath go in and out for two minutes a day and
5) Engage in a random, conscious act of kindness: Write a two-minute positive email thanking a friend or colleague, or compliment someone you admire on social media Do these steps for 21 days, and you will begin to see a lasting shift in your mindset towards more positivity.
The talk I listened to today especially piqued my interest because it talked about how happiness doesn’t come from success but rather, in fact, happiness causes success.
- Are 31% more productive (this one’s my favorite)
- Have 37% better sales figures
- Have better, more secure jobs
- Are better at keeping their jobs
- Are more resilient
- Have less burnout
So, try one of these five things for 21 days. Be happy. And a good side benefit is that it might help you succeed too.