The key to happiness is…
Did you know that our memories have a habit of playing tricks on us? This is why happiness can be an interesting topic: Just by reflecting on our experiences, we can begin to think about them differently. From idolizing the past to forgetting to enjoy the present, it can help to step back and think about what really makes us happy so that we can do more of that every day.
Exercise Look at what really makes you happy and why
- Think back to a period of time that you often tell others about, something that brings a huge smile to your face or leaves you longing for the past.
- Briefly set aside all those good memories and be very honest with yourself. Did you still face normal stress and worry? Do you tend to look back with rose coloured glasses?
- Consider another angle, have you ever said, “it ruined the whole thing” when something bad happened at the end of a perfectly good experience? Did that one thing change how you tell the whole story?
- Try to reflect on the differences between how we experience life and how we remember it – they are not always the same thing.
- If you want to improve how you experience life, rather than how you remember things, then first stop trying to recreate past “glory”. (Was it so amazing anyway?)
- Start with a daily exercise: keep a phone or journal close by and write down how you feel throughout the day.
- Make special note of seemingly everyday tasks, be it transportation, or different parts of your job. Make a conscious effort to appreciate the things you take for granted and actually enjoy.
- Similarly, write down tasks that aggravate you in the moment, even if you felt great after getting them done. There is a difference between enjoying something and feeling accomplished when it is over.
- After a few weeks, start considering how you can maximize the everyday good and minimize what you don’t enjoy. You may find some easy wins to make your day a bit brighter.
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