How can we be happy? How can we be happier? Will having a bigger house make us happy? Will being more successful make us happy? Will making more money make us more happy?
Well, I just listened and watched Shawn Achor Ted Talk. And it was fascinating. Shawn suggests that only about 10% of our happiness is derived from outside sources; ie a bigger house, more money etc… He suggests (and I agree) that 90% of your happiness is directly related to your perception. That is, how you see things.
So true!!!! Why is it that many people with less money are more happy? How is it that people with smaller houses can be happier? Well, it’s all a matter of perception. How we look at life and the things that happen around us directly affects our happiness. No truer statement has ever been written.
AND we can change our perceptions. We can change our “happiness quotient” from the inside out. It’s something that we can control much better than the outside world. Here’s what Shawn Achor suggests. He suggests that if we practice the following actions for 21 days straight, we will change our perception of our very own lives. Here’s the list:
- Three Gratitudes – Email or write to three different people every day to tell them how you are “thankful” for who they are or what they’ve done.
- Journaling – Write down at least one positive experience that has happened to you today.
- Excercise – There are many benefits here, but the one Mr. Achor suggests is that you are controlling your own body.
- Mediation – Peace and contemplation on the days happy experiences and getting in touch with self.
- Random Acts of Kindness – Do at least three good things for someone else each day.
There it is. The master list. Put these up where you can read them and check them off every day for at least 21 straight days. I’m going to do it. Are you?
I welcome your comments.
Dedicated to adding character to the classroom (and outside the classroom)
John Abrams – www.AmazingSchoolAssemblies.com
Southern California’s Top Elementary School Assembly Performer