Focus on Happiness

With such a weird year due to COVID, there has been impact on many people's happiness. I know I have felt down sometimes and wanted to find ways to get pumped up.
In an interesting INC. magazine article* by Marla Tabaka, she mentioned that research has shown that surprisingly, only ten percent of your long-lasting happiness quota (researchers call this chronic happiness) is determined by your environment. In fact, "40 percent of your happiness comes from intentional activity; this is very promising. If you choose your activities wisely, you will raise the bar on long-lasting happiness."
So, what will get you back on track if you’re feeling down? The article* offered some ideas.
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Here are three areas to focus on to actually put a smile on your face:

  1. Be true to yourself. For the goals or dreams you have set in motion, make sure that they honor your values, and are based on what you really want.
  2. Perform acts of kindness-mostly in one day. The value comes in an increase of your own well-being. Yet, acts of kindness are often small things. Doing several in one day rather than spread out all week gives you more of a happiness jumpstart.
  3. Count your blessings. The concept of gratitude gets your brain to look for the good in life. Start with what you appreciate or are grateful for in your life, family, career, or home.

You may be doing several of these already. The benefits of a happy mind can translate into being more productive, enjoying time with family and friends, and feeling healthier.

*  INC. magazine article by Marla Tabaka: https://www.inc.com/marla-tabaka/you-have-a-50/50-shot-at-happiness-according-to-sc.html

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