I cannot say that I am an expert on happiness – and in actuality I struggle to maintain a sense of happiness with the challenges that are currently surrounding our economy, lively hood and other external factors. But that’s just it, I am so focused on the external factors that I miss the point of how to be happy.
I believe it was my AP English class wherein we read “Crime and Punishment” by Dostoyevsky. At the end of the book, Raskolnikov, who was imprisoned for murder looks out his prison cell window bars and notices the beauty of the sunset for the first time in his life. In essence, it took a life of hell to realize happiness comes from personal perspective, regardless of the situation you’re faced with.
Yesterday I watched a TED video from Shawn Achor who makes the claim we are conditioned to believe that success is the foundation for happiness; when in actuality the opposite can be quite true. The “small changes that ripple outward” as he claims are:
-3 Gratitude’s (3 new things for 21 days. Brain begins to write a pattern to see the world more positively)
-Journaling (About one positive experience you have had over the last 24 hrs. teaches your brain to re-live these moments.)
-Exercise (Teaches your brain that behavior matters)
-Meditation (Detaches you from multi-tasking. Increases your focus on the task at hand)
-Random Acts of Kindness (1 positive communication thanking somebody in your social support network)
Link to the video: http://goo.gl/1tPB5
This is my first “Journaling” to begin my journey to more internal perspective happiness!
By: David Przybyla