Being Happy

It’s been a really busy two weeks and as work’s been moving slowly, I’ve been struggling to figure out what I should write about for the week’s blog entry, but I realized that I’ve gained some new insights into happiness lately! So that’s what I’m going to be writing about today!


Happiness: So true.

Quite a bit of what I learnt stems from this Lifehacker article which features an amazing TED talk by Shawn Achor which argues that happiness could very well be a competitive advantage that top performers have mastered that helps them achieve great success in life, and that striving for material success to “achieve” happiness is but a futile pursuit.

I really thought about it, and looking beyond the statistics and experiments Shawn brings up in his talk, it really does make sense to me. Happiness does help you become a more resilient person in life. No matter who you are or where you’re from, you’re bound to encounter obstacles in life. Having a happy, positive state of mind would definitely help provide the mental resilience to overcome life’s obstacles in my humble opinion.

The great thing about Shawn’s talk is that he also talked about how we can easily train our minds to be happier, more positive and able to see the best in situations. According to Shawn, a happy disposition is pretty similar to a muscle – the more you exercise it, the stronger it gets; the more you practice mental habits related to happiness and gratitude, the happier you become.

Here’s Shawn’s practices for a happier, more fulfilled life:

  1. 3 Gratitudes: Every day, list down three things that you are grateful and thankful for. Reminding yourself of the many, many beautiful things in our lives helps us remember not to take them for granted and to cherish them greater.
  2. Journal: Everyday, journal and write down one positive experience you had during the day. You may have had a bad day, but every day definitely has a bright side to it. If you can see the sliver lining in a horrible, horrible day, you will also be able to do so when you face life’s toughest challenges.
  3. Exercise: Exercise releases endorphins which generally make you more relaxed and happy. Getting some light exercise in the mornings really helps me jump start my day!
  4. Meditate: There’s just so much going on in our modern world – so many emails, so much information – that it’s just good to shut it all out and really focus.
  5. Random acts of kindness: What goes around comes around. It’s a great feeling to brighten up someone’s day, so just go out there and put a smile on someone’s face! It’ll put a smile on yours as well!

I could really relate to this sage advice as my own mom is also wont of reminding me that happiness is all a state of mind. You can have the world and still be bitter, unhappy and unfulfilled.

Even though my girlfriend already describes me as being an “annoyingly happy” person, I still want to help my friends and family around me become happier! I’ve already made discussing the 3 gratitudes and journaling an activity I do with my girlfriend before we retire for the day and it has already helped make our days happier. Hope that the advice here helps you become happier! Please let me know if you find that it helps!

Have  a great, happy week everyone!

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