Who’s not a fan of Super Soul Sunday on OWN? I will admit that I don’t always remember to catch it, but the Sunday before Christmas my soul wanted something more than my typical routine. So I sat down and watched an episode and Oprah was speaking with happiness expert Shawn Achor. This guy is amazing if you haven’t heard about him before. Achor spent a decade at Harvard studying and teaching what makes people happy; now a TED speaker and best selling author is using research and real world experience to inspire the masses.
The reason I share all this with you is because I want to be happy this year. Let me say that 2014 wasn’t bad and there were a lot of high points but the low points that I did experience where low. In hindsight some of those points were all in the mindset that I had. I would be so down on myself and it wouldn’t just affect my day but a week or month. If I looked at the full picture compared to the problem I could have been in a better mood.
Achor says that to be happier we need to express and show gratitude daily. A while back I wrote a post entitled The Small Victories, while I try to practice what I preach, and I forget to keep do consistently. What Achor suggest that we should to be happier is each morning name 3 things your grateful for each day for 21 days without repeating. Then at night name 3 good things that you are glad that happened that day. He also recommends writing a 2 minute email, text, or telling someone in person that you appreciate them.
The episode inspired me so much that I tried and I will say that I definitely noticed a difference in how I experience life each day. Instead of looking at the negative or what didn’t go right I focus on the good. I see more things around me to be thankful for and since I can’t repeat my list it makes me notice new stuff each day.
Don’t go through each day with a heavy heart about your day when there’s so much to be thankful for. Even when I have a bad or uneventful day I can be appreciate having a roof over my head and my health. So try the 21 day challenge and be happy.
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