LIFE University has launched a program called “Happy L.I.F.E.” This program aims to provide you with tips to have a happy life! Over the course of the next few weeks, we will share different tips for you to apply into your life.
How can simple habits make me happier?
That’s a good question especially since the world is full of bad news – and, once the media gets ahold of bad news, we’re assaulted with it from every outlet. Unfortunately, all the good news that happens each and every day just doesn’t grab the headlines and, in the near-constant barrage of attention-getting bad news, we literally lose sight of just how kind, love, thoughtful and courageous people can be and how constructive their actions are. Our worldview becomes skewed toward the negative. It’s hard to be happy when we feel like we’re swirling in a maelstrom of bad news.
Let’s be clear: The Happy L.I.F.E. and the happy habits aren’t about putting on blinders and ignoring bad news. Rather, it’s about ensuring that we are properly balancing the bad news by enduring that we focus on the good news in our daily lives. As Shawn Achor says in this book, The Happiness Advantage, we can learn to change the lens through which we view the world and make it a more positive view. As he says, taking action to increase the positivity in our lives is not about wearing the proverbial “rose colored glasses” but it is about learning to use a “rose tinted” lens through which we view the world.
Here’s what we know about happiness: You can learn to be happier, more resilient, more optimistic, to make better decisions and be more successful. “Learn” is the key word there. And, just like you learn to play the piano or learn to drive a car, it takes practice and repetition. Most importantly, it requires the desire to learn and expectation that we can succeed.
What are the “Happy Habits?”
The five activities we’re going to be doing together – with the intention of turning them into habits – were suggested by Shawn Achor after the release of his book , The Happiness Advantage. These activities are based, in part, on solid research such as Barbara Fredrickson’s “broaden and build” theory and others’ work exploring the components of happiness such as gratitude, comparison, empathy and mindfulness. So, using science and a bit of deductive extrapolation, the five daily happy habits are will be shared over the next few weeks.
The content comes from the Happy L.I.F.E. program of Life University