Begin this activity
by watching Shawn Achor’s TEDx
Bloomington talk: Happiness Advantage
book Happiness Advantage is based on seven
principles. Review the brief synopsis of these principles below.
Advantage—Happiness is at the center and success revolves around it.
and the Lever—See ways to rise above circumstances by changing your perspective
of the world.
Effect—Scan for and focus on the positive.
Up—All setbacks come with an opportunity for growth that can be identified and
taken advantage of.
Circle—Expand one’s sphere of influence by limiting focus to small manageable
Rule—Put desired behaviors on the path of least resistance so it takes less
energy to do than to avoid.
Investment—Social support is your greatest asset.
suggests there are five things anyone can do to
create lasting positive change. Read the list below:
1. Express Gratitude—Every
three things you are grateful for. Do this for at least 21 days.
Journal—Daily short entries about positive experiences.
Exercise—What you do for exercise doesn’t matter nearly as much a making
sure you do something regularly to get moving.
Meditate—Five minutes of meditation every day increases happiness,
lowers stress, and can even improve your immune system.
5. Random acts of kindness—Pick
one day every week and make a point of committing
five acts of kindness. Think about them ahead of time. Identifying these acts
after the fact doesn’t count.
one (or all five) of these suggestions to
implement over the next 21 days. At the end of this time, review what you did
and how it impacted your level of personal happiness.
suggestions did you select and why?
How faithful were you to the 21 day commitment?
didn't work? Why?
folks are as happy as they make up their minds
to be." Abraham Lincoln