It was a HAPPY day at The Healthy Weigh. Truly it was. Our Slight Edge focus landed on the topic of HAPPINESS this week.
I have to admit, I was HAPPY when I saw the chapter in the book about HAPPINESS. I’m serious about HAPPINESS. I’ve read about it, studied it and applied it to my life. The Slight Edge affirmed all I’ve discovered about HAPPINESS.
HAPPINESS is a choice.
In the past 15 years science has learned a lot about HAPPINESS:
Happiness doesn’t come from genetic, luck or chance.
Happiness has a lot less to do with circumstances than we think it does.
Happiness isn’t the result of some big, out of reach events.
Happiness is created by simple, easy things we do every day, and unhappiness is created by NOT doing those simple easy everyday things.
So not to take away from Ben Franklin or Thomas Jefferson, but it seems the it’s not the pursuit of happiness that we are after…but the realization of it and how we realize HAPPINESS is by doing simple things and doing them every day. The Slight Edge gave a list of simple things. Easy to do and easy not to do.
- Each morning write down three things you’re grateful for.
- Journal for two minutes a day about one positive experience you’ve had over the last 24 hours. (Write down every detail you can remember about it, this way your brain gets to re-experience it which doubles the impact.)
- Meditate daily.
- Do a random act of kindness over the course of each day. (It’s recommended that you start each day sending out an email to someone praising them or thanking them for something.)
- Exercise for 15 minutes daily.
According to Shawn Achor author of The Happiness Advantage if you do any one of these things for 21 days in a row it becomes a habit …a HAPPY habit.
Shawn doesn’t even suggest you do all 5 at once. He says start with one and add to them.
There are more that you could add to this list:
Make more times for friends
Engage in meaningful activities
They all have something in common…they work!
When you begin to do these easy to do and easy not to do things, over time you’ll look back and see yourself HAPPIER. Not because your circumstances changed, but because you’ve changed.
I shared my personal story about my search for HAPPINESS back in 1994 and the amazing results I had doing the little things consistently over time. I discovered that HAPPINESS was much more about doing, than it was about my circumstances. I’ve never been the same.
The slight edge…it has so much hope, for so many good things including HAPPINESS. We have a lot of control about how we think and what we do. Simple things…easy to do things and easy not to do things that if done consistently over time create a beautiful HAPPY and healthy life!
Always encouraging you,