By Lily Friedman
“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.”– Jim Rohn
Happiness- so simple, it’s complex. The thing about happiness is that it’s a state of being, and your state of being is always changing. Hopefully this week’s wellness roundup will help you come to terms with the fact that it’s impossible to be happy all the time if you want authentic happiness. So rather than obsessing over making ourselves happy, let’s focus on cultivating happiness to get ahead in life.
Scouring the internet each week as the social media marketer here at The Sanity Snack, I’m on a mission to deliver some of the best wellness and self-improvement advice on the web to our followers.
From building key skills to increase daily happiness and three instant happiness hacks, all the way to finding a more fulfilling path beyond happiness, these ‘sanity tidbits’ are here to help you make bigger changes in your life.
Creating ‘Instant’ Happiness
Feeling good is only one small component of the happiness equation, but it does put you in a positive position for making bigger changes in your life.
Author and behavioral scientist, Paul Mckenna shares Happiness Hacks: 3 Research-Backed Techniques to Make You Feel Good Instantly on Conscious Lifestyle Magazine.
Beginning with the ‘power of posture’, Mckenna explains how the mind and body are linked. Upright posture creates a state of well-being and balance so you can relax your body and thoughts, opening yourself up to happiness. Mckenna also dives into how to deal with sadness that comes along with changes through shifting your habitual line of sight and the ‘havening theory’.
“People who look up frequently stretch their gaze all the way to the sky or the horizon and that automatically suggests space and the freedom of lots of possibilities—and this is a powerful hack that can help you feel good on demand,” he says.
Increasing Happiness Through S.T.A.G.E.
Happify Daily has their own their own framework to help you increase happiness, and it starts with building five key skills through S.T.A.G.E: ‘Savor, Thank, Aspire, Give, and Empathize’.
In The 5 Skills That Will Increase Your Happiness on happify.com, learn how to leverage cutting-edge research to form life-altering habits and increase qualities like optimism, self-confidence, gratitude, hope, compassion, purpose, empathy.
“The practice of gratitude can increase happiness levels by around 25%. A few hours writing a gratitude journal over 3 weeks can create an effect that lasts 6 months if not more. Then, cultivating gratitude brings other health effects, such as longer and better quality sleep time.”- Professor Robert Evans
Master these five skills of S.T.A.G.E. and watch your life transform right before your very eyes.
Turning Happiness Into Meaning
“Everyone said the idea of happiness was success. The data showed chasing happiness makes people unhappy.”
What if you were told there was a more fulfilling path than aiming to be happy all the time? While happiness comes and goes, meaning in life can remain static if you know the right ways to find and practice it.
That’s why Emily Esfahani brings There’s More to Life Than Being Happy to the TED Talks Daily podcast. She discusses the ‘four pillars’ necessary to building a meaningful life.
Esfahani explains that living a meaningful life is an ongoing process that can sometimes go off track. You can create meaning through ‘belonging’ and finding value in others. ‘Purpose’, which is not just your career or job, stems through helping others. ‘Transcendence’ she describes as “rare moments your lifted above the hustle and bustle of daily life”. And ‘storytelling’, which stems from ‘reflecting on life thoughtfully and changing your story’.
“Some days are just bad days, that’s all. You have to experience sadness to know happiness, and I remind myself that not every day is going to be a good day, that’s just the way it is!”- Dita Von Teese