Social scientists have found that the fastest way to feel happiness is to practice gratitude.
Today, March 20, 2023, is the United Nation's International Day of Happiness.
And, this year's theme is: 'Be mindful. Be grateful. Be kind.'
Join me by pausing several times today and spending about five minutes boosting yourself and building your compassion for others by following the following three steps from this year's theme:
STEP ONE: Be mindful.
Take three, slow, full breaths. At full inhalation, pause and hold for a couple of seconds (or what feels comfortable for you) and then slowly exhale. At full exhalation, pause and hold that for a couple of seconds (or what feels comfortable for you). After three breaths, ask yourself, "How do I feel, right now?"
STEP TWO: Be grateful.
Look around. Look inward. Ask yourself, "What am I grateful for?"
STEP THREE: Be kind.
With warm feelings, ask yourself, "Who do I want to send love to? Who can I show compassion towards?"
Gratitude: The bridge to happiness.
Chip points out in our opening quote that the research soundly supports that gratitude is a solid and free way to promote your happiness and wellbeing.
For example, Dr. Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, and colleagues reported in 2005 on answers they found to the question, “What really works when trying to increase happiness?” (Seligman, Stern, Park, & Peterson, 2005).
One of the most powerful interventions that really worked at increasing happiness was practicing a form of a daily gratitude journal that they called the ‘Three Good Things in Life’ intervention. It took about a month for the increases in happiness to become statistically significant, even if done for only one week. So, a little patience in the beginning is necessary. The happiness levels continued to rise after that—all the way out to six months! It absolutely amazes me that something so simple and free can have such a powerful and long-lasting effect on happiness.
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If you want to learn more about the International Day of Happiness, you can visit the official website here: The International Day of Happiness website
Have an amazing journey today!
Alan Mikolaj is a coach and leadership development consultant with 15+ years of experience. He is passionate about helping leaders transform their leadership, their teams, and their organizations. Impactful, professional approach driven by a passion for meaning and purpose, a growth mindset, and a commitment to excellence and service in order to drive change and results.
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Alan Mikolaj is a a professional, experienced, positive, and passionate speaker, leadership and organizational development consultant, change agent, author, and coach. He holds his Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Sam Houston State University. He is a certified graduate coach from Coaching Out of the Box and holds his ACC and membership with the International Coaching Federation (ICF).
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