Turning towards Hapiness
Friday, February 15, 2013
This semester has been especially hard for me and it really should not have been. My work load has lightened, I did go through a break-up but I saw that coming a mile away and didn't expect for it to affect me the way it did, I will soon graduate, and I am doing my final practicum in Membertou and am extremely excited about that. Things are looking really good, but what IS my problem. I have more time to go to the gym but can't seem to do it regularly, I am car pooling with Mom to town to save money on gas. I have just felt so burned out this semester. I am not taking care of myself and I often find that I am not even taking my blood thinners regularly let alone have a regular sleep at night. I am trying to slug my way out of the muck. I recently watched a Tedtalk by Shawn Acher called The Happy Secret to Better Work. It is a funny talk with an excellent message. I definitely recommend watching it.
What he explains to use positive psychology to shape the way your brain views your surroundings and will make you more happy and as a result our brains will work more successfully. I've always realized the importance of being positive and surround yourself with positive message but I never heard of a happiness advantage before. I never realized that happiness will make you work harder, learn better, and adapt to new surroundings easier.
He suggests training your brain through doing these things 21 days in a row:
Writing down 3 new things everyday for 21 days to retrain the brain to scanning the world for positive instead of negative
Journalling one positive experience in the last 24 hours allows brain to relive it
Exercise teaches your brain that your behavior matters
Meditation allows brains to focus on the task at hand
Random or conscious acts of kindness spreads a positive message to someone in your social support
I think this idea is wonderful so I am going to do my Happiness challenge for the next 21 days and see how it goes. I will record these things in this blog for the next 21 days. I am also going to continue my old school calender that I stopped doing a while back. It actually feel behind the night table and out of sight, out of mind. You know how it goes.
You know you're 80's old school when your cable TV box had a sliding selector switch and your "cable or VCR" remote was connected to the TV by a cord.
I did not have country cable with the boxes but we did get our first VCR in 1983. I watched the movie Psycho with my brother which I was not supposed to watch and was terrified for years. The VCR remote was attached by a cord.