A Secret to Success, Be Happy

A couple years ago I was at a desperately low period of life. I wanted to get out of my rut and start being better. I wanted to feel successful. As I often do, I turned to some of my regular social media outlets for uplifting and inspiring thoughts. That’s when I came across this TED talk by Shawn Achor:

While on my lunch break today I came across this video from SoulPancake that brought me back to that time when I overcame so much by doing what seemed to be so little:

So just in case any of you have a “case of the Mondays”, I thought this would be an appropriate topic to help you reconcile what’s left of your day with some positive thoughts! So what are you waiting for? Be happy and be successful!

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21 Days To Happiness

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(Photo credit: luci.mckean)

Based on a TEDx Talk by Shawn Achor (I suggest watching the entire 12 minute presentation, but this is drawn from the last portion starting around the 11 minute marker.)

Keep a simple journal for 21 consecutive days of doing the following:
  1. Write 3 things that I’m grateful for.
  2. List something positive that happened in the last 24 hours. (Each entry must be unique during the 21 day period)
  3. Exercise in some manner for at least 30 minutes a day.
  4. Meditate for 20 minutes a day focusing on positive thoughts only.
  5. Send one message a day to someone, randomly selected, thanking them for how they have positively affected my life.