One of the top regrets of those at the end of their life?
I wish I had let myself be happier.
You see, happiness is a choice.
It’s just as easy to choose to be happy as it is to choose to be miserable.
It's your choice. I invite you to choose to be happy!
Here are 5 reasons why..
Vibrant Living Tip
In his book “The Happy Life Formula” Nils Salzgeber talks about the new science of happiness.
Here are 5 benefits of happiness, according to Salzgeber:
- Happiness Boosts Productivity
“Happy workers, in general, are more productive, perform more effectively as leaders, generate more sales, take fewer days off due to sickness, and receive higher pay and higher performance ratings across the board.”
If you are not quite there and you are in the middle of a project, visualize its successful completion. Feel that happiness with your entire body. With all five senses. See how the project and your motivation changes. Act from that feeling.
- Happiness Improves Your Physical Health
“An experiment I found even more fascinating revealed that immune system activity in the same person fluctuates depending on their happiness.”
If you are feeling a bit off physically, think about a time you felt extremely happy. Let that feeling fill your entire body. Keep doing this until you feel physically better. Norman Cousins laughed his way to health. What about you?
- Happiness is Perhaps the Best Antidote to Stress and Anxiety
“Happiness makes you resilient. It helps you recover from stress… Next time you’re feeling stressed, find something to be positive about. Remind yourself of your family, call a friend, or watch a short clip of your favorite comedy show.”
Call a friend and share jokes. Watch a comedy. Watch a video of a laughing baby. Let the laughter be contagious. Share it with everyone you see.
- Happiness Primes You to Perform at Your Best
In one experiment “Children ‘primed’ — meaning researchers evoked a certain emotion or mindset before an experiment — for happiness significantly outperformed the other kids, completing the tasks faster and with fewer errors.”
Pause. Remember a time when you were happy and let that happiness consume you. From that place go back to what you were doing. Ah, that’s better…
- Happiness Creates Success (Much More than Success Creates Happiness!)
“… happiness fuels performance like nothing else. By sacrificing happiness, we limit our own potential for success.”
Instead of worrying about what all needs to get done, stop and find ways to be happy. Take that happy feeling to what you need to do. See how things change for the better.
Vibrant Living Take Away
Salzgeber concludes: “Happiness, it turns out, is a necessary ingredient in living a healthy and successful life.”
At any given moment you have a choice. Choose to be happy!
Until next time...
P.S. Post in the comments one thing you are doing this week to choose to be happy.