Published on November 12th, 2020 | by Nancy F. Clark0
How To Rapidly Increase Your Happiness Level Today
By Nancy F. Clark–
When Things Get Better Then I’ll Get Happier
Have you recently been thinking, “When things get better then I’ll get happier?” I bet there’s a good chance you’ve been thinking that, under the current situation. And I don’t blame you, but don’t you think a little bit of your happiness level is under your control? You might guess 5% or 10%. Is that right? I have good news for you because up to 40% of your happiness level is under your control.
The world situation, your life situation, and your family genes are a big combo of possible downturns. But it’s only 60% of it. So I intend to start helping you take control of that other 40%. Isn’t that the best news you’ve heard all month?
3 Quick Things To Increase Your Happiness Level
I’m going to give you 3 things to do to quickly increase your happiness level. In an upcoming article I’ll give you some more. My plan is for you to build your potential happiness. Ah, “potential” brings up my scientific background—and geek humor. And because of that I promise to give you links to scientific research that shows which things really do work—increasing your happiness level.
Your Happiness Assignment #1
The first thing I want you to do is write down 3 things that bring you gratitude. Now when I said “write” I meant to actually pick up a pen and write on paper because this activates additional parts of your brain and helps assimilate it better. Yes, it’s better than your phone. It activates the RAS part of your brain. Let me explain.
When you are writing something down with a pen, you’re stimulating an area at the base of your brain known as the reticular activating system. The RAS gives more attention to what you are currently focusing on. In other words, the physical act of writing triggers your brain to pay close attention.
Now here’s your writing assignment. Write about 3 things that have happened to you in the last 24 hours that have generated a positive, grateful feeling. Make each one specific as to how it affected you. Put in as much detail as possible about the situation. What words best describe the emotions you felt? Here are some examples: contentment, friendliness, enthusiasm, joy and love.
Your Happiness Assignment #2
The second thing you can do might involve eating—and that’s alright because doing this will help increase your happiness level. What I’m suggesting is to use each of your senses. It doesn’t have to be with eating. It could be with smelling a flower or feeling a silky fabric or looking at a beautiful cloud—use each of your senses.
Social psychologist Fred Bryant is an expert on the practice of savoring. To further develop this skill, a few things Bryant suggests are to share your good feelings with others, take a mental photograph or remind yourself how quickly time flies. That last one seems especially important to me now.
Your Happiness Assignment #3
Professor Sonja Lybormisky says, “People who engage in kind acts become happier over time.“ I want you to use this professor’s advice and decide you’ll do 3 acts of kindness today. You can do 3 completely different types of kind acts.
One could be very simple like sending a nice text to someone who could use a little uplift. Can you think of someone? That’s probably easy.
The second act of kindness you can do today is more in line with a favor. Is there an article or a link to a piece of research that someone could use in their business? Or in their home life—what about a recipe—or a link to a happiness article? Hmmm. Do them a favor and send it (this) to them.
Now You Need To Get Those Happy Brain Chemicals Flowing
Now for the third thing. There’s something you can do today that really helps the happy brain chemicals: laughter. Yes, there’s research on that but here’s what I think is even better. Think of something that made you laugh and quickly send it to one of your friends or two or maybe three of your friends. Help their brains become happier—while yours does too.
I’m looking forward to you feeling happier today and putting some of these practices into your daily activities in the future as well. Take charge of the 40% of your happiness level that’s under your control—developing a happier you starting today!
Nancy F. Clark is the author of the bestselling book, The Positive Journal: 5 Minutes a Day Toward a Happier Life, founder of PositivityDaily and curator of Forbes WomensMedia.
Featured photo by pexels-ANDREA PIACQUADIO