It is not what happens to you but what attitude you take to it, that determines your long-term happiness. According to Scientists, Dopamine, the substance released when someone spreads joy, it turns on all the learning centres in the brain. The happier you are, the more open you will be to learning. That is a powerful and important fact to know.
We all need to tap into this power of positivity. There are a number of specific practices that really help to embed this advantage on a daily or weekly basis.
See how many of these you actually do. If you don‘t score many points, think about how many of them you could turn into regular habits:
- Mentally mark three things you are grateful for every day.
- Journaling; regularly noting down your good experiences, helps reinforce them.
- Exercise helps happiness.
- Meditation/ prayer is important.
- Practicing random acts of kindness is vital.
On that last point, it is the giver not the receiver that gets most benefit from the acts of kindness. When you practice acts of kindness, you will yourself feel better and stay healthier.
You can see the world through a lens of negativity, stress and uncertainty, or through a lens of resilience, gratitude and optimism. It’s about adjusting our brains so that we can realistically see the present and truly live in the moment.
In the words of the Psalmist, “This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!” – Psalm 118:24