Prioritizing Time to Improve Happiness

Prioritizing Time to Improve Happiness

We are continuing on with the same theme as the last few posts; what are concrete ways to improve our happiness. And prioritizing time over money to improve happiness is another strategy. Affluence Affluence is an abundant flow or supply. For example, many people have an affluence of toilet paper right now. Most people think of monetary affluence. Someone who is very rich and is standing in a pile of money. But there is a second kind of affluence. One that is usually at odds with monetary affluence. That is time affluence. Time Affluence Imagine having all of the time …

Happy Medicine

Happy Medicine

Are you interested in finding out more about “Happy Medicine“? Something that you could start right now to become happier? Something that will continue to make you happy for the rest of your life? Do you want to love your body more? Have more mental clarity? Live longer? Combat chronic pain? Improve diabetes and heart disease? Stop obesity and other life-style related disease? Would you believe this “Happy Medicine” has no side effects, is legal, and that it can be free? What is this happy medicine? I introduce to you….. Exercise! Yes, it makes you happier. It is a “happy …

Social Connection makes us happier.

Social Connection Makes us Happier

So far we have learned that acts of kindness, using our character strengths, having gratitude, savoring, and spending money on experiences vs “things”, are all strategies that can boost our happiness. To add to this growing list, social connection makes us happier than we typically believe. Want to start at the beginning of this journey? Click here. Social Connection Connectedness matters much more than we might think. Honestly, given this pandemic, we may be realizing this much more than normal. I hope we remember what we have learned during this time. David Myers looked at this idea of social connection …

Kindness to improve happiness

Using Kindness to Improve Happiness

We saw, in our first post dedicated to The Science of Well-Being, that the things we think will make us happier, actually don’t. And maybe this is true because we are miswanting a bunch of things in our life. How do we begin to genuinely identify the thing that will truly make us happier in the long term. And how do we know what things we are actually supposed to want? One way is through the act being kind. Today we are going to discuss using kindness to improve happiness. Kindness We should be seeking out more opportunities to act …

Signature Strengths

Using Your Strengths to Improve Happiness

What are the things we should be wanting, but don’t currently want? How can we want the stuff that’s really going to make us happy? Today we will be discussing, wanting the right parts of the things we already do want and using our signature strengths to improve our happiness. We will use our jobs as an example as this is easy to grasp. We have talked about things about our jobs that we think bring happiness; higher and higher salaries. But we have learned that this is not actually true, even though we don’t realize it. So if the …

Gratitude

Curb Hedonic Adaptation

Let’s continue with putting in the work on reframing our thinking on what makes us happier. Last post we started with learning how to Rethink “Awesome Stuff”. Today we will discuss how to Curb Hedonic Adaptation. Refresher Hedonic adaptation is the tendency of humans to quickly return to a relatively stable level of happiness despite major recent positive or negative events or life changes. Read more about this here. Seems simple enough. If we become intentional with our investments we will see that experiences do make us happier. Plus, we avoid adaptation to happiness, as experiences are short lived. But what …

Balloon

Annoying Features of the Mind Part 3

Here we are, the final part of week 3, from The Science of Well-Being. And we will be discussing the Annoying Features of the Mind Part 3. So far we have discussed Annoy Features of the Mind Part 1 & 2. Miswanting, absolute vs relative reference points, and social comparison. Go check them out. There is lots of information, but it is really eye opening! Now, let’s dive into, Annoying Features of the Mind Part 3. Annoying Feature # 3 Hedonic adaptation. Have you noticed that our minds adapt over time? That they habituate? Side note, I love the word …

Misconceptions About Happiness Part 2

If you missed out on part 1 of week two’s cliff notes from The Science of Well-Being, check on this blog post. Today we will go deeper into the misconceptions about happiness. Last post was about careers and salary. Today is about awesome stuff, true love, and a perfect body. Awesome Stuff If only I had _______ I would be so happy. What would you put in the blank? I think this answer is going to be different for a lot of us after going through the pandemic. Sure, I have the obvious answers to put into the blank. If …

Misconceptions

Misconceptions About Happiness

Here is part 1 of week 2, misconceptions about happiness. If have you not been following along then check out this post for week 1. I am wanting to share what I am learning from the online course, The Science of Well-Being. When I first started the course, I was amazed at how much I was learning. So I decided to do cliff note versions of the lessons for you guys, incase you don’t have the time to take it yourself. A Good Job When asked what makes you happy? What do you think of? Traditionally answers are include a …

Happiness

Can Happiness Be Learned?

Can happiness be learned? Is it something you are born with? How can you be more happy? I am currently taking “The Science of Well-Being” course through Yale. This is a 10 week course. And by week 3 I felt like I was going to burst at the seams with all of the information I was learning. So I decided to dedicate the next few blog posts to sharing what I am learning with you guys. I have been so fascinated with what I have learned so far and I cannot wait to share. Maybe by the end of the …