I was fortunate enough to attend an amazing talk by Joan Shafer on the topic of The Power of Positivity a week ago. At the seminar she told us that Positive Psychology is not just an approach to life, it’s a science.
Joan explained that all emotions have a purpose.
Just as fear is a protection mechanism/an emotional response to survival,positive emotions have a purpose too (beyond just putting a smile on our face.)
When I first started writing this article, the title I had in mind was 15 Positive Methods to Make Your Life More Meaningful.
I dove into my usual research and found myself focusing on one aspect and one aspect alone, so much so that I decided this one aspect just needed one article of its own!
I separated the articles into two, realizing that serving others held the key toa lot more in life than just meaning.
Service not only allows us to live a worthwhile life, it unlocks superhuman powers within us as well…
5. Remove The Batteries from Your TV Remote
“Habits are like financial capital — forming one today is an investment that will automatically give out returns for years to come.” — Shawn Achor, The Happiness Advantage
In one section of his book The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor recounts his struggles to learn to play the guitar. Shawn had tried countless methods to get himself to play the instrument more, from creating goal sheets and schedules to placing his music stand in the middle of his room.
Finally, something worked…
Shawn disabled all the shortcuts for the one thing that distracted him most in life:
Shawn took the batteries out of his TV remote, and placed them about 20 seconds away from the couch, making it a little more difficult to slip into his favorite guilty habit of watching television.
“The less energy it takes to kick-start a positive habit, the more likely that habit will stick.” — Shawn Achor, The Happiness Advantage
When it comes to habits, every little bit counts. Especially if you stack the odds in your favor.
I believe forming positive habits is essential to our well-being and happiness. We just have to put in a little extra effort to make sure they come to fruition.Nothing helps us to conquer life more than when we are in control of our time, rather than it controlling us…
Sometimes in life you have to appreciate the little things…
…even if they’re like, really little…
12. Waking up Before your Alarm
It always feel great when you can start off the day totally in control of what’s ahead! When I have small victories against my alarm I feel like I have seized not just the day, but my life!
11. Coloring Inside the Lines
There’s something about pressing a crayon or pencil perfectly to a line and seeing the color fit inside the design so simply, but beautifully. And then getting to pat yourself on the back for not going outside the lines on the page…Sometimes it feels like you just accomplished the most particularly difficult task in the world…