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Practice Positivity to Be Happier

Practice Positivity to Be Happier


positivityI’m still motivated by what I learned at the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) annual conference in Portland, Oregon during Ayla Lewis’s session on “The Science of Being Happy and Productive at Work.” Lewis is the Director of Operations, Speaker and Facilitator at Happy Brain Science. One of the ways she suggested we could be happier was by practicing positivity. 

Why does happiness matter, especially to someone in the business of organizing? I believe that part of what people are seeking when they come to us for help organizing their homes and offices, decluttering their spaces, and sorting through their keepsakes is a path to more happiness. We help clear the space to clear their minds. Happiness often follows. 

Happiness, of course, is a subjective emotion. But this isn’t about you being happy like me – it’s about you being at your own happiest point. Seeking happiness and working to be happier doesn’t mean you have to be happy all the time, either. In fact, part of life is the sad/mad/stressful moments that help you appreciate the happiness you do have, so it’s ok to not seek perfection, to aim for being mostly happy – and to sustain that happiness by choosing happiness. 

Sometimes, choosing happiness is not easy, but Lewis explained that we can reprogram our minds to increase our “happiness setpoint.” We do this through positivity – by paying attention to our emotions and even by faking it until we are really feeling it.

How can we practice positivity? 

  • Visualize the best possible outcome for any situation
  • Write about happiness
  • Watch videos that make you feel happy
  • Focus on the positive in every situation to help re-wire your brain

Scientific studies have revealed that we work better, are more productive and creative, and have more energy when we are happy. We may never be perfectly happy, but I encourage you to seek the happiness in your life!

Looking for more resources to help you learn about happiness? Ayla Lewis recommends: 

  1. Your Brain at Work by David Rock
  2. The How of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky
  3. Happiness by Ed Diener and Robert Biswas-Diener
  4. Flourish by Martin E.P. Seligman
  5. Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
  6. The Happiness Hypothesis by Johnathan Haidt
  7. The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor

Cris Sgrott

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