The Pursuit of Goals and Happiness
Many people including myself are in constant pursuit of happiness. Too often we are pursuing the wrong things that we think will make us happy. For the longest time I thought I could become happier if I got a better job, made more money, had more material assets and accomplished my grandest goals. I was wrong.
We need to be happy with the process of achieving our goals in order to reach the destination in a desirable manner.
“Happiness is a journey.. not a destination.” - Ben Sweetland
I read a book a few months ago called The Happiness Advantage that literally flipped the happiness formula for me. This book reverses modern day thinking by presenting a new model for success. The common belief is that we will become successful ie; get a high paying job and then as a result be happy.
It turns out the reverse is actually true. Your level of happiness will help boost your motivational drive to work harder and as a result produce more success in your life. After reading this I drew a positive energy model on a sticky note and I have been looking at it each day at work ever since. The result? More energy, productivity and success.
So just how do we go about boosting our happiness and reversing this formula that has been ingrained in our minds?
First, rid of some of your unhealthy habits.
Second, adopt some healthy habits and practice them on a daily basis.
Five Simple Habits to Create A Positive Boost in Your Happiness
During my Monday morning spin at home before breakfast I was watching Shawn Anchor’s Ted Talk - The Happy Secret to Better Work for the second time and it dawned on me that I integrated his top five suggestions for boosting your happiness as i’ve written about above. The results have been astounding. I suggest you try for yourself :)
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12/11/2013 11:47:58 pm
Yes! The hard part is making it habitual ;) gratitude, exercise, goodwill, meditation and writing.
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