Over 50s Lifestyle

The Happiness Advantage – Doing more of what makes you happy

January 8, 2024

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.

Action for Happiness Happier January

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?

Anchor suggests:

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% .

The Happiness Advantage is a 23 minute morning ritual that will transform your whole day

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.

What is one thing that makes you happy? Why not make it a priority for 2024 to do more of it.

Here’s to Happiness in 2024!

Until next time….

Sue Loncaric

Women Living Well After 50

Living Life Your Way


  • Reply leannelc January 8, 2024 at 10:39

    Hi Sue – I really like the idea that happiness gives you success rather than vice versa. At this age and stage, happiness is so much less elusive (probably because I’m striving less, and enjoying life more?)

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 11, 2024 at 07:09

      Hi Leanne, Happiness is a personal thing, isn’t it? We can find it anywhere and I do believe if you are happy within yourself then success (or whatever you want to call it) will follow. Have a great week. x

  • Reply marsha57 January 8, 2024 at 11:26

    When I was teaching, we used to have to this thing called “Where In the World” for the entire school. It was basically a current events kind of thing using the journalistic heuristics. I found a website called happynews.com because everyone’s offerings were usually dire. I don’t think the one that is currently at that address is the one I used. Anyway, I do believe happiness changes our brains which changes our gut which changes our lives. I really like the idea of the morning ritual. Thanks for sharing it!


    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 11, 2024 at 07:11

      What a wonderful idea, Marsha. I think we all need something like this at the moment don’t we? We can’t turn off from what is happening in the world but the news concentrates on the disasters, war and sadness and it is easy to become depressed about it all. Thanks for your comment will check out the website. x

  • Reply Toni Pike January 8, 2024 at 11:35

    Hi Sue, Great tips, especially to help kick-start the New Year.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 11, 2024 at 07:09

      Thanks, Toni have a wonderful 2024. x

  • Reply Denyse Whelan January 8, 2024 at 16:06

    A lovely read Sue and you are always a positive mentor for readers and followers.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 11, 2024 at 07:12

      Thanks so much Denyse and you are doing a great job being positive and inspiring others as well. Have a beautiful week. x

  • Reply Susanne January 13, 2024 at 08:21

    That is a wonderful idea for a morning routine! My only morning routine is coffee. 😀 Perhaps I should adopt at least the number 1 and 2 while enjoying the coffee! Thanks for sharing this calendar, great as always!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 13, 2024 at 13:24

      Hi Susanne, yes sometimes our routines need a shake up don’t they? I do need my morning coffee though!!! xx

  • Reply Jo January 13, 2024 at 08:39

    Some great tips here … do more of what makes you happy. Love it. x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 13, 2024 at 13:25

      Yes I’m aiming to do just that! x

  • Reply Jennifer Jones January 13, 2024 at 14:41

    Great happiness comments Sue. These days, my priority is my happiness, and if that upsets others, I really don’t worry. It took me a long while to get to this place.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 16, 2024 at 15:23

      Hi Jen, I think it’s something that we’ve all had to learn and come to terms with. Our personal happiness may not always be popular with others but we do deserve the right to happiness, don’t we? x

  • Reply Writing Sparkle January 14, 2024 at 01:09

    I love the happiness action calendar, Sue. Happy New Year and happy Saturday.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 16, 2024 at 15:24

      Thank you! I publish the Action for Happiness calendars each month. They have a different theme and prompts to match. x

  • Reply Debbie January 14, 2024 at 07:44

    You always make me happy with your positive and uplifting posts Sue! Many thanks for sharing and these great tips 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 16, 2024 at 15:24

      Well you’ve made me happy reading your comment, Deb. Thanks so much x

  • Reply Natalie January 15, 2024 at 05:30

    Hi Sue, Thank you for your weekend coffee share. Your tips and the Happiness calendar are great tools to kick start the new year.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 16, 2024 at 15:24

      Hi Natalie, lovely to join in Weekend Coffee Share again. x

  • Reply Kirstin Troyer January 16, 2024 at 02:03

    Sue these lists are great. I think you shared something last year too that was awesome.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 16, 2024 at 15:30

      Thanks, Kirstin, I publish the Action for Happiness calendars at the start of each month. x

  • Reply Julie January 18, 2024 at 15:51

    As of recently I’ve learn happiness is the journey not the destination. For a long time I (and many others) believed that we could achieve happiness if we hustled for more money or get that promotion or get that bigger house. For me it’s still a work in progress. Sometimes I find myself back at that hamster wheel.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 19, 2024 at 06:18

      Hi Julie, so true – happiness is in the journey not the destination but so many of us just look towards the end goal rather than the steps along the way. Have a lovely weekend and thanks for stopping by x

  • Reply Melynda Egger Brown January 18, 2024 at 21:08

    Wonderful, I have kept the 23 minute summary. Something I needed to help me get “going” once again.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 19, 2024 at 06:19

      Thanks Melynda I hope it will be helpful to you. Have a lovely weekend and thanks for stopping by. x

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