We like to think that we’d be happier if we were richer, better-looking, taller, thinner, fatter, married, single, (had more fuel in our tanks), American, British, more successful…
Shawn Achor (see TedTalk above) says that it’s actually the other way round. If you’re happy, then you can perform better. I’ll take it a step further and add that happiness isn’t pleasure. Happiness is a decision. It’s less effervescent than joy, it’s deeper than pleasure. It’s a state of mind, of being. And luckily, that state of mind can be cultivated.
I’d like to invite you to do the 21-Day Gratitude Challenge. Everyday, for 21 days, do at least two of the following:
- Write down 3 things you’re grateful for. (You survived the heat last night)
- Write down one positive experience you’ve had in the last 24 hours (trying to get past the 6-hour long queue for fuel)
- Write a thank you note (or email) to someone in your social support system (e.g. The fuel station attendant who alerted you when they started selling)
- Meditate for 30 minutes (on something apart from fuel)
- Exercise (e.g. Save fuel by walking or cycling everywhere)
See you on the other side!