4 Ways to Find Happiness

Day in and day out, the concept of happiness plays a big role in many of our lives. Whether you regularly stay late at work, moonlight, or even hop from job to job, chances are these actions are being fueled by a deeper desire. The desire to find happiness. But what if we told you that happiness actually precedes success and is not in fact a direct result of it

That’s what author Shawn Achor discusses in his book The Happiness Advantage. We don’t want to spoil it for you, because it truly is a great piece. However, we did want to share his logic with all of you and encourage everyone to try it for themselves. According to Achor, here are a few things that you can do for as little as 2 minutes per day to train your brain to default to positivity and happiness.

Document Gratitudes: This can be really easy or extremely difficult depending on your current outlook on life. Simply write down 3 things that you are grateful for. It can be very general or a recent occurrence. Just try to be specific, and don't default to the same responses day after day.

Record a Positive Experience: This tactic requires you to recall a positive experience you had and relive it by writing it down. Putting pen to paper can be extremely powerful, so can taking the time to appreciate an event you may not have had the opportunity to enjoy and/or acknowledge in the moment.

Workout: Exercise is packed full of benefits for your brain. Just getting your heart rate up for a few minutes a day can make a huge difference in your happiness levels.

Be Kind: Conducting a random act of kindness has dual benefit: it surprises and delights the recipient, and makes you (the giver) feel good, too!

According to Achor, it only takes 21 days of doing just 1 of these tasks per day to see a difference in your overall level of happiness. You can learn more about his studies by watching his 12-minute TED talk, here. If you decide to give these techniques a try, be sure to fill us in on your progress. We would love to hear how it goes. Above all else, always remember - happiness is a choice, a feeling; it's not a destination. 

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