Entering the third year of this pandemic has changed our lifestyles and habits. From remote work, online school and financially our lives have changed. Finding happiness and being happier in general have been more difficult for many people. Here are simple habits to increase your happiness no matter your situation.
Finding the Good
Harvard-trained phycologist Shawn Achor, has a viral TED Talk that simplifies this notion of finding the good. For 21 days, write to someone different in your life a positive email or text. It only takes two minutes and reinforces that happiness is around you. To reaffirm your happiness, write down three different things that made you happy that day and WHY. You need to perform the exercise for 21 days, and the experiences need to be different.
Both habits have proven to increase happiness levels across the board for people.
The Happiness Advantage
In addition, Achor’s bestselling book, The Happiness Advantage, goes into greater detail about why people were happier after these two easy habits. First, he explains that happiness is contagious and produces more happy people. Second, your happiness is your choice. Finally, you are more productive when you are a happier person, family member, or employee.
Finally, the positive psychology, involved with increasing happiness has had a great deal of research across many socioeconomic communities. Showing gratitude, being mindful, and random acts of kindness have proven to increase happiness across demographics. In addition, practicing self-care and seeking a healthy balance in your life all benefit your overall well-being.
Being kind to yourself and others truly is the easiest way to increase your happiness and those around you.
Furthermore, you might need to stretch your emotional intelligence muscles to succeed. A happier life is out there and the research proves it. Put the time in and try a new habit for 21 days and see what happens! Being happier is easier than you think even in a pandemic.