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On creating positive energy

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

I am watching a series of talks at TED on how to "work smarter" and the second one in the series, by a guy from Texas called Shawn Anchor talked about how positive actions can make you happier at work. He pointed out five strategies for creating lasting positive change:

- 3 gratitudes a day
- Journaling positive events
- Exercise
- Meditation
- Random acts of kindness

You can watch the full video here:

On that note, I have decided to try the 21-day experiment that he mentions, and journal both about different, individual gratitude and positive events for the next 21 days, as well as exercise and meditate daily. Finally, I am going to incorporate random acts of kindness into my day.

Amounts of the last three, scientifically proven ways to have a more positive outlook on life are not posited in the talk but I have decided to create my own numbers:

30 minutes of exercise
5 minutes of meditation
3 random acts of kindness

The types of random acts of kindness he mentions include sending a nice email to someone. I will include doing small favors, sending positive emails, reconnecting with friends and family, giving compliments and giving people hugs (this last one is particularly an issue for me, as generally I avoid touching people other than close family.)

I am still trying to decide on how to incorporate all five into my routines. I will try and post the first positivity blog tonight.
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