The cool thing about the positive thinking experiment I’ve been doing this past week is that folks have been sending me all sorts of great links. I especially loved this hilarious TED talk (see below) by Shawn Achor, The happy secret to better work. Besides being funny as hell, it’s also a great reminder of why thinking positively is so important–because 90% of our happiness comes from within. That’s right–only 10% of your happiness comes from the world around you. It’s what you do with the rest that makes a difference.
To change this, start listing 3 things you’re grateful for. Do this every day for 21 days and voila! you’ve rewired your brain. Not only will you be in a better mood, but you’ll be more effective at work and hell, you might even sleep better.
If you’re still not convinced that being happier or, gasp, that fulfilling your life-long dreams is actually within your grasp, check out this recent post, Love and Happiness, by Betsy and Warren at Married With Luggage, a couple who’s living The Good Life while traveling around the world. (Click here to read more about how you can live your own dream.)
Still not convinced?
OK, then. Come change your brain with me! List 3 things you’re thankful for below, in the comments section, and we’ll spur each other on. 3 things every day for 21 days. Aw c’mon, it’ll just take a sec. Besides, you don’t even have to exercise or anything.
By the way, you don’t even have to list your real name, if you don’t want to. Just type in “Zelda” or “Jane Doe” or “Jay-Z” and go for it. (The only person who can see your email address is me, and I’m not telling. )
So far, I’ve been doing this for the past 5 days and, let me tell you, it’s already making a huge difference in my life. Just imagine what things are going to look like after 21 days!