Feeling happy? It’s a New Year but are you feeling happy and contented with your life? Sure it’s hard to be up and positive all the time especially when life is difficult. The recent damage caused by the Christmas Storms here in Australia, the war in Gaza and the war in Ukraine definitely don’t bring joyful thoughts. We need to pause and send prayers for those suffering.
Action for Happiness – Happier January
The January focus for Action for Happiness is ‘Happier January’ and the calendar provides daily prompts to help. It is easy to let life take over and rob ourselves of happiness. A New Year is a great opportunity to make changes and one for me is to make happiness a priority and to let go or step back from things in my life that are sucking the life out of me and robbing me of happiness. I’m going to find my ‘happy place’.
I shared this in an earlier post but have shared again in case you have missed it.
Did you know there was a Harvard-trained ‘Happiness’ researcher?
Shawn Anchor is the author of The Happiness Advantage and has been studying the conventional idea that if we have success then we will achieve happiness. Whether it is losing weight, getting a promotion, buying that new car or house, the idea that achieving success brings happiness is a long-held belief. However, Anchor has discovered that it is the other way round – happiness fuels success and it is all tied to our brain.
What is The Happiness Advantage?
If you can raise somebody’s level of positivity in the present, then their brain experiences what we now call a happiness advantage. Your brain at positive performs significantly better than at negative, neutral, or stressed. Your intelligence rises, your creativity rises, your energy levels rise. He also says that a brain can increase productivity by 31% .
I’ve summarised below but if you click on the link above you can read more detail
- Write down 3 acts of gratitude – 2 minutes
- Journal one positive experience – 2 minutes
- Exercise – a short fun burst of cardio (hula hoops, gardening, walking the dog , dancing) – 15 minutes
- Meditation – 2 minutes – slow breathing
- Express kindness in a text or email – 2 minutes
The good news is that we probably all have read about the ritual but the challenge is putting into place each morning
As the New Year begins isn’t it time you did something to find true happiness for yourself?
It might mean letting go of things in my life that are no longer of value. It might even mean letting go of people who just don’t ‘get you’. Above all your happiness is created by yourself from within.