Don’t you get a buzz when you run across something the confirms and validates something you already believe or do?
I sure do.
My buzz started humming last week when I watched this TED Talk by Shawn Achor from May 2011 about Happiness.
I’ll wait while you watch it if you want.
Or you can click on it to open it in a second window and watch it or listen to it later. It’s only about twelve minutes long and worth every second. You’ll laugh. You’ll have a smile on your face when you’re done watching.
(You could even listen while you’re eating your cereal tomorrow morning, or while you do your hair or your makeup, or while you’re driving somewhere. Please, just watch or listen to it.)
So, why am I so adamant that you watch?
Because I want you to have more happiness in your life. If you’re happier, people around you are happier. And if they’re happier, then others are, too. And eventually, those ripples reach me. Theoretically, anyway.
Here’s info from one of the visuals he pops up on the screen for us.
Creating lasting positive change
Random Acts of Kindness
That first item? Well, it’s made a difference in my life over the past twenty years. I’ve been paying attention and keeping a gratitude journal, mostly, over the past twenty years.
I’m my own study. And the results rock!
And that’s just with item one on the list.
- Shawn recommends taking two minutes every day and listing three things you’re grateful for.
- “Journaling about one positive thing from the past twenty-four hours allows you to relive the positive emotions.”
- Exercise floods our system with endorphins which are the happiness chemicals that we could all use more of.
- Meditation allows us to briefly focus on one thing in a world where we’re constantly multitasking.
- A random act of kindness is as simple as sitting at your desk and writing one positive email to someone in your social support network, thanking them, praising them, encouraging them.
Do we have time for any of this?
Can we afford not to make time for it?
In just twenty-one days, studies show a marked difference in happiness level. And consequently, they experience greater productivity and enhanced learning ability of people who implement the five steps outlined above.
Please watch and put a smile on your face and a bounce in your step.