Do you want to be happy? Guess what, you’ve got the tools to do it! Happiness can be cultivated regardless of your childhood or genes – you just need to make it a daily priority! Shawn Achor is a Harvard Professor who teaches a class on how to be happy – research shows it comes from the INSIDE and has little to do with the external experiences. It’s not about waiting to be happy until you find success, it’s about being happy and then achieving success due to your happiness. Happiness comes from striving for something that has value, not the attainment.
Genes and environment can play a role in your everyday feelings, so you need to strengthen your happy muscles, you have the power! Here are a few specific steps you can take right now to make yourself more happy. Pick a few and practice for 21 days – see if it makes a difference:
- Spend two minutes each day expressing gratitude either verbally or written.
- Write about one meaningful thing that happened to you in the last 24 hours and provide as much detail as possible.
- Take two minutes a day and breath mindfully
If you do this, it will not only will you feel good, you will create a ripple effect of happiness all around you!
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