When you encounter a really happy person, are you envious or actually just a tiny bit annoyed?
I always like to see research about happiness, because the first thing I do is compare myself to what the scientists say I should be doing. We all just want to be happy. I think for most people, it’s hard to be happy all the time, but when I see these little reminders, it helps keep me a little bit more on track.
Here is a list from The Huffington Post about The 11 Daily Habits of Supremely Happy People. Here are habits that happy people do to reinforce their happiness. How do you fare?
1. They smile
2. They build and nurture relationships
3. They create value
4. They eat healthy
5. They live in the moment
6. They set goals
7. They’re accountable
8. They laugh
9. They’re adventurous
10. They think positive
11. They embrace change
I think they missed two, well, sort of . . . making meditation and mindfulness part of my everyday life have been two of the most important life skills I have adopted. Mindfulness is about #5 above – living in the moment, but with a non-judgmental attitude. Meditation is also a beautiful way to notice your life, build resiliency and cultivate joy.
As a change manager who teaches meditation, I was glad to see #11 ‘They embrace change’. I echo this as I see that the people who don’t let workplace change get them down are indeed generally happier people.
Whatever you choose to do, do it with awareness and intention! Notice how you are living your life. Appreciate the good things in your life.
Wishing you a series of wonderful moments, every day.
~Wendy Quan, The Calm Monkey