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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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  • DRB13_1
    wonderful blog
    after Sandy Hook, I took the Sandy Hook Promise and did 26 RAKs in honor of the victims. It included buying gifts and giving them to random people - fortunately, no one turned me down. Like the emails, though, RAKs do not have to involve any cost. And like a ripple from a stone tossed into a pond, the effects SPREAD.

    Best, though, was the good feeling and excitement of planning and accomplishing the RAKs.
    Hope you enjoy your new routine and know that the good will return to you multiplied in some way...
    2144 days ago
    Thanks for sharing - I'm going to listen to it now!

    2152 days ago
  • HORSE22
    Choices - you are on a good track, choose to see and do the positive behaviors. Best wishes for many successful, positive, happiness-spreading experiences.
    2153 days ago
  • FISHER011
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  • *KATY*
    Thanks for posting this. I definitely needed to read and watch the video...very timely. Best wishes with your 21 day experiment!
    2157 days ago
    Wow! Thanks for all the encouragement!
    2157 days ago
    I have been writing 5 things I am grateful for the past week, I like doing it, it helps me appreciate and acknowledge more of the little moments during the day. I am definitely going to watch the Ted talk. I love TED! I like your idea so much better though because of the action, not only are you consciously seeing greatness around you but your are a part of it. Bravo!
    2157 days ago
  • no profile photo LIFETIMER54
    2157 days ago
    It sounds like a fine plan. Good wishes to you; I am sure it will be beneficial. emoticon m emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2157 days ago
  • EMEL62
    I think this is great. I am working with my community on Positive Psychology and we are seeing great results. Mmmm I had not thought to use it myself re my health journey!!

    2158 days ago
    Beautiful! I've heard that what you put out into the universe comes back to you. I'd say you've got the right idea. Thanks for sharing.
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  • no profile photo LIFETIMER54
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    2158 days ago
    Thanks for sharing this and good luck over the next 21 days! emoticon
    2162 days ago
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