All posts tagged: Happiness Advantage

Wrapping Up The Happiness Advantage (in full force)

Going toward the Happiness Advantage and moving along strong. Jump on, and bring your kids. In 2-5 minutes a day, we’re reaching a more consistent state of “happy” and making our brains 31% more productive. Cool. (Check out the video below by esteemed Harvard professor, Shawn Anchor – well worth the 12 minutes!) We’ve been on the journey for 8 days, and we’re well on our way . . . To Increased Happy. And A More Productive Brain. It’s founded in science. We can actually rewire our brains, in 2-5 minutes a day, to scan the world for the positive, increase our happiness, and retrain our brains to work more optimistically, productively, and successfully. Here’s what we do, each day: – Write down 3 new things for which we are grateful – Write down (or journal about) 1 positive experience from the last 24 hours – Do an act of kindness, or praise/thank someone For those of you already on board, you’re almost there. For those just joining us, it’s a gratifying and pretty easy …

Day Six of the Happiness Advantage Come Along for the Ride!

Day Six of the Happiness Advantage On our way to a more consistent state of happy and a 31% more productive brain . . . in 2-5 minutes a day. That’s a bargain. Come along for the ride. It’s a good one . . . and bring the kids. It’s really pretty easy. Each day, we: Write down 3 new things for which we are grateful; and Write down 1 positive experience we’ve had in the last 24 hours And now, we will: Do a random act of kindness (or praise or thank someone for something) That’s it. Today & tomorrow: 3 new grateful things; 1 positive experience; 1 act of kindness, praise or thanks. Keep it up – we’re on our way . . . to a more consistent state of “happy” and a 31% more productive brain. Today & tomorrow. Go ahead. Do it. See you then. p.s. thanks to esteemed Harvard professor, Shawn Anchor, for his proven research on the Happiness Advantage

Going for the Happiness Advantage (Taking My Kids Too)

New year. Happiness Advantage. High quality stuff for 2013. 2-5 minutes a day, 21 days. Founded in science. Grab on yourself, and bring along your kids. Let’s look at the science, then we’ll dive into the good stuff. First, let me credit Shawn Anchor, distinguished Harvard professor, for this. Through research, he has summed up that: Only 10% of long-term happiness comes from one’s external world . . . While 90% of long-term happiness comes from how one’s brain processes the world. As you raise your brain’s level of positivity in the present, your brain will experience the Happiness Advantage. In this state, a number of remarkable things happen. Dopamine releases throughout your system. This makes you happier . . . and it turns on all your learning centers. Your intelligence increases. Your creativity increases. Your energy levels rise. And, your brain is 31% more productive. That’s cool. That’s cool for us. And for our kids. Shawn Anchor has found (in research) that we can train our brains to reach the Happiness Advantage – and …

An ExtraOrdinary New Year

A new year is here. We all approach it a bit differently. Are you jumping in to make the resolution list? Or taking it all in and waiting to see where 2013 might take you? Whether you’re immediately seizing the New Year or letting it more calmly embrace you, here is a neat concept (given to me yesterday by our local pastor). She said: Be extraordinary in an ordinary world. Find the kindness, the generosity, the love in your heart . . . and spread it. Do the extraordinary things that just might not seem ordinary in our world. Being extraordinary can mean big things, of course; or it can mean those little things in our “ordinary” daily world – like letting the person go ahead of you. Holding the door. Opening the door. Looking for ways — big and small — to help someone out. That’s where I’ll start this year (with just a few more on the list). At least one extraordinary thing each day — big or small. Maybe it will be …