Saying thank you is such as simple thing to do but how often do we just take people for granted and forget to acknowledge all the little things that others do for us that make our lives better. We may often feel grateful to others but we can easily forget to express our gratitude, leaving others feeling under appreciated. Watch this short TED talk and be inspired to say thank you to someone – it will make a huge difference to their day and will probably make a big difference to your day too. Happiness Experiment no 34 is really simple but really powerful – just remember to say thank you.
TED Talk by Laura Trice: The power of saying thank you
The ability to appreciate beauty is one of the 24 characters strengths listed in the VIA character strengths survey. If you would like to discover if “appreciation of beauty” is one of your top 5 character strengths you can take the VIA survey for free here. I must admit that I had never really appreciated what an amazing strength this is until I watched this beautiful TED talk by Louie Schwartzberg. Louie’s time lapse nature photography is truly awe inspiring and his gift of showing us the amazing beauty and wonder that surrounds us every day is definitely a character strength worth cultivating. Watch the TED talk and be inspired to try out Happiness Experiment No 31: practice awe. You can find more inspiration on Louie Schwartzberg’s beautiful website Moving Art.
TED Talk by Louie Schwartzberg: Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.
“I am just going outside and may be some time.” Lawrence Oates
I recently declared that I was embarking on a 100 day challenge to photograph something every day which made me happy. I did not envisage that this challenge would also coincide with The Happiness Experiment blog not working for a month due to technical issues making it impossible for me to write posts.
Meanwhile I have been photographing and posting my #100happydays photographs on social media during my month of blog silence and it has been a really positive experience so far. It’s a great way to appreciate the things I am grateful for and to make sure to savour experiences. These are both positive psychology practices proven to enhance wellbeing. I have also made a conscious effort to incorporate at least one thing that makes me happy in my life every day. Some days there have been numerous pictures I could have taken and other days I have struggled to find … Read the rest...
This article by Jeremy Dean caught my eye as the activities recommended are very similar to many of the Happiness Experiments featured on this blog. I hope you enjoy the article and choose to try some of the activities. I would highly recommend that you check out Jeremy’s Psyblog if you are interested in reading more articles of this nature.
10 Easy Activities Science Has Proven Will Make You Happier Today
A thankful message, spending on others, listening to music, happy daydreams and more…
Science can make you happier. Do at least some of these activities today and feel the positive vibrations flow. Keep it going for a week or longer and feel your mood lift.
1. Mentally subtract something good from your life
People spend a lot of time thinking about good things that didn’t happen, but might have done. But what about the good things that did happen that might not have?
Say you’d never met your partner or friend or got that job?
The first thing you will notice about this article from Psychology Today by Todd B. Kashdan and Robert Biswas-Diener is that is is long. The second thing you will notice is that the article is worth reading. The third thing you will notice is that these guys are leading lights in the positive psychology field and know what they are talking about. Enjoy the article.
What Happy People Do Differently
One of life’s sharpest paradoxes is that the key to satisfaction is doing things that feel risky, uncomfortable, and occasionally bad.
For psychologists who frequently fly cross-country, how we describe our career to seatmates—mentioning for example, that we are psychologists—determines whether we get five hours of airborne intrigue or inside access to a decaying marriage or more detail than you can imagine about an inability to resist maple-glazed Krispy Kremes. Even wearing oversized headphones often fails to dissuade
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. “
Excerpt from the speech “Citizenship In A Republic” by Theodore Roosevelt delivered at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on 23 April, 1910
Like many people I started the year with many good intentions and quickly found that life got in the way. I wrote this article at the beginning of 2012 with the aim of featuring it in my brand new blog about positive psychology, which I had great intentions of setting up in January. We are now in May and thanks to my decision to sign up for the Thirty Day Challenge with http://www.screwworkletsplay.com/ I have finally set up my blog The Happiness Experiment. It is never too late to have a happy New Year and it is never too soon to start your own journey to happiness. This article shares some insight in to my own personal journey to happiness and future articles will share some more of the lessons I have learned along the way. I continue to experiment daily with the lessons of positive psychology and would encourage you to try some experiments too. We are all responsible for our own happiness and like me you have the ability to significantly increase… Read the rest...