The Happiness Experiment - Day 1

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

I have seen a few people posting about a TED Talk called the Happiness Experiment, and I am going to give it a go.

1. Three new gratitudes each day will teach your brain to retain a pattern of scanning the world not for the negative, but for the positive first.
• I am happy to have found an amazing man who makes me smile everyday. He strives to be different from other guys and prove that chivalry is not dead. He’s hard working, caring and silly. Best of all, he’s delicious.
• I have found a stable job in my career field with a great boss who is encouraging and positive.
• I have a lot of ‘stuff’ that I never dreamed I could afford. As much as I complain that I am broke I am doing quite well.
2. Journaling about one positive experience you've had over the past 24 hours allows your brain to re-live it.
The last 2 nights I didn’t get much sleep but despite how tired I was, I found the strength to get out of bed to exercise.
3. Exercise teaches your brain that your behavior matters.
I have been doing 15 minutes of cardio each morning for 7 consecutive days. (I never make it past 3 or 4)
4. Meditation allows your brain to get over the cultural ADHD that we've been creating by trying to do multiple tasks at once.
On my hour drive into work, I turned the radio off for about 20 minutes and just left my brain clear out.
5. Random or conscious acts of kindness - send a positive e-mail to thank or praise someone in your social support network.
I helped my cousin with her interview prep.
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