All posts tagged: kindness

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 …

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 …