Happiness Leads to Success

Shawn Achor explains why the model of working harder to become successful so that you can be happy doesn’t work. The model needs to be reversed. If we are happy first we are better at our jobs and that will lead to more success.

Watch this amazing talk, get permission to be above average, and look inside for happiness instead of out. Practice gratitude, journaling, exercise, meditation, and acts of kindness to get you on your way to the good stuff!

Lower Stress, Stare at Trees

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When you take in a natural scene, like a sunset, a view from a hike, or a rainbow, your physiology is affected. Your brain waves when taking in things in nature are much different from viewing an urban setting. What we observe can influence our heart rate, blood pressure, stress hormones and other physiological functions in the body.

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Smarty Pants Quote:

  “‘People with access to nearby natural settings have been found to be healthier overall than other individuals. The longer-term, indirect impacts (of ‘nearby nature’) also include increased levels of satisfaction with one’s home, one’s job and with life in general’ [Kaplan and Kaplan, 1989 (p. 173)].”

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I’m not saying we all have to live in the middle of the woods, but it is important to get outside, be around the amazing things that naturally exist in this world, and breathe in the fresh oxygen that greenery provides. Even during the most stressful periods of my life, going to a mountain or lake always seemed to take the edge off. I didn’t need the research to back up how I felt, but it is interesting to read the latest studies on this further emphasizing the point.

I hope this post inspires you to go exploring in a field of flowers. I can’t wait to jump in a stream!

Increase your health and lower stress by simply going to a park, hugging a tree, hiking a mountain, swimming in a lake, or hanging on the beach. Do all of those this weekend if you can!

The Worry Trap

When you worry, usually it is about the things you have no control over. You have no idea how this or that will really work out and you agonize over an outcome or the state of things.

“Worrying is like paying a debt that may never come due.” Will Rogers

Worrying is a waste. It doesn’t serve you or the problem that may or may not come. Instead of worrying about the things you have no control over what if you worked towards other goals you have that you have the ability to take action on, RIGHT NOW? Most of us want to be fit and healthy, financially stable, have a nice home environment, be in supportive relationships, have some creative expression, and be joyful. Where in your life could you put more effort and take your mind off the things you don’t currently have control over. Sometimes we can worry so much that we just shut down in all areas of life. Do not let worry become a trap.

Continually reach out for positive action steps and better choices. Go for a walk, have a salad, do a shoot of wheat grass, take an art class, reorganize a room in your home, go out with a friend, try a new recipe, hire a health, career, or life coach, apply for your dream job, or simply laugh your butt off at a comedy show.  Choose to be proactive in your life.

Have you ever noticed how when one area in your life begins to improve it will leak into other areas? This is the kind of momentum we want to create.

Do not let worry paralyze you. Focus on the things you can take action on in the different areas of your life to get you closer to the things you want.