Hi Nick Brodd here. We all know that happiness boosts performance. Both science and common sense tells us that. But how can a time-crunched, stressed out writer squeeze in more joy in the day?
Here are a dozen of the most effective and simple tips and tricks I’ve used and continue to use to reprogram my brain:
- Gratitude. Relive your happy moments at least once. Sit down and think about everything you’re happy about. Write these memories down. Save the notes and read them on every rainy day.
- Crowd. Hang with the crowd that makes you happy and ditch the people who drag you down.
- Refocus. You become what you think, so it’s critical to think a lot of happy thoughts. Whenever a negative thought comes to mind, inspire yourself. Maybe by reading a positive quote or a joke.
- Solvable. Is the problem you’re worrying about possible to solve? If not, accept that it is there to stay. Move on to something that is in your control.
- Assess. Assess what the worst thing that could happen is and how it’s likelihood is. But don’t stop there. Don’t be a victim. Define what you can do to minimize the risk and take that action.
- Schedule. Consciously design your schedule. Make a list of all the small things that make you happy, such as reading your favorite magazine, taking a walk or having a 10 minute conversation with your best friend. Then consistently put it on your schedule.
- Mistakes. We all make mistakes. Be lighthearted about it. Develop the attitude that nothing is a mistake unless you don’t learn from it.
- Five. Set an alarm at a specific time every day. Then use that time slot to practice. Just think 5 positive thoughts at that time every day.
- Run. When you exercise you release endorphin, a hormone that makes you happy. So just start moving. Start easy, maybe by taking daily 30 minute walks.
- Meditate. When you meditate your brain clears the inner chatter and it relaxes from all the daily stress. Spend 15 to 30 minutes meditating and you’ll see the tension of every day life fade away.
- Sleep. Did you ever experience a night with next to no sleep? What was your mood like the next day? Make rest a priority. It will make you both happier and more productive.
- Celebrate.Learn to appreciate progress and stop focusing on the 90% that is left undone. Instead, focus on the 10% progress you’ve made. Celebrate when milestones are achieved.
There’s something magic about happy people. They get attention. They inspire. When you’re happy the quality of your life improves. Your productivity increases and your success multiplies. Why not take a step or two in that direction today?
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