Yesterday my mom sent me a video of Shawn Achor speaking, called "The Happy Secret to Better Work." Right before falling asleep I decided to watch this video as a way to wind down. So I dimmed my computer screen and lowered the volume (I had the start of a migraine) and began to watch. I instantly liked this speaker and knew I would like the video, which has only happened a couple other times.
|Image taken from Shawn Achor TED Video. |
See "Happy Secret" Link above.
I know that didn't hear the whole message of the video as I was exhausted. But what I did get was a few laughs and this... small changes can make a big difference.
Shawn posits that 5 small changes (outlined to the left) can increase our happiness and thus our productivity. Each serves a purpose (you really should watch the video... this part is outlined in the last two minutes).
I felt inspired to give it a try. Because who doesn't want to be a little happier, right?
1. 3 Gratitudes
"Write three new things that you are grateful for, every day, for 21 days.
Your brain will retain a pattern of looking for the positive first." -Shawn Achor
"Journal one positive thing from the last 24 hours which allows you to relive it." -Shawn Achor
"Teaches your brain that behavior matters..." -Shawn Achor
"Allows brain to get over cultural ADHD... focus on task at hand." -Shawn Achor
5. Random Acts of Kindness
"... or Conscious Act of Kindness... write one positive email praising or
thanking someone in your social support network." -Shawn Achor
First, for the next 21 days (really the rest of December) I am going to try and write 3 gratitudes and journal one positive from the previous 24 hours on this blog.
Second, I am going to get more movement into my life. While it's not full blown exercise, it's sure as heck more than I'm doing now.
Third, I will try some form of meditation at least three days a week.
Fourth, I will try to be more gracious and thankful to the people in my life. Writing a positive email, text message or in conversation. I will do this at least three days a week, if not more!
Then we shall see in three weeks, at the start of a new year, if I feel a little bit happier and a little more productive! Even if the productivity doesn't increase, the practice of being consciously aware of the positive will be a great experience.
Many things in life can wait... but The Sunset Won't!