Happiness. We all want to feel happy, right? It comes in many forms and can be achieved in many ways.
Let’s Define Happiness…
Happiness is an emotional state characterized by feelings of joy, satisfaction, contentment, and fulfillment. While happiness has many different definitions, it is often described as involving positive emotions and life satisfaction. … Happiness is generally linked to experiencing more positive feelings than negative ones. – verywellmind.com
So how does one create their own happiness? Yes, create your own happiness. You should never depend on anyone or anything to create happiness for you. That is an inside job. Here are 3 proven psychology exercises that increase happiness, getting you results in as little as 1 week (if you put in the work).
Try all 3 exercises over the next few weeks, and notice how they affect your mindset, and ultimately, your actions. You might enjoy one more than the other and that’s fine – do what makes you happy, right?! However, challenge yourself to try the ones that make you uncomfortable too – that is where the growth happens – trust me!
- Before you go to bed, write down
three good things that happened
during the day.
- Then, write down why each
of them happened.
- Think about the impact these
positive events had on your day.
How would your day have gone
if they didn’t happen?
- Identify three strategies for
continuing to live in a state
of thankfulness, manifesting
- Write down each time something
good happens, or actions you take
to make a bad situation good.
- Think of someone who has done
something kind for you who you’ve
never properly thanked.
- In a letter, write down exactly what
they did and the specific effect it had
on your life.
- Write and rewrite it multiple times.
Make it powerful and concise.
- Handwrite the letter or use
calligraphy – be creative.
- Meet the person face to face, and
read them the letter. Don’t forget
to bring tissues – tears may flow.
Use your Signature Strengths in New Ways
- Review the list of 24 signature strengths
- Think of ways you already use your
- Brainstorm ways you can use them
even more, writing down specific
actions you can take.
- Commit to using your strengths
in new ways this week.
- Carry a small notebook with you and
write down each time you complete
an action that utilizes your signature
strengths. Share with a friend.
You may be thinking, this is a lot of work! Not really if you make it a habit. Start small. Then build from there. In a few months, you could be a new, happier person. Which we all could use more of these days!
*sourced from IIN