Bux-Mont Real Estate and More: Practice Happiness

Practice Happiness

Practice Happiness

 

Richard Davidson, founder of the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin and author of The Emotional Life of Your Brain, says happiness isn't a gift from the universe, it's a skill (and one you can learn).

 

There are four components of increased mental well-being, all of which correspond to particular, measurable functions of the brain. Work out these skills and your brain changes, studies show, and as your brain changes, you get better at being happy.

 

1. Resilience

"Resilience is the rapidity with which you recover from adversity," explains Davidson. It can be measured by looking at how long it takes certain neural circuits to come back to baseline after something upsetting happens.  Developing resilience is extremely difficult, and it take specific skills and practice.

 

To develop resilience:

¨ Create a sense of purpose for your life

¨ Believe in yourself and your abilities

¨ Develop a strong social network

¨ Embrace change

¨ Be optimistic about the future

¨ Nurture your body and mind with healthy habits

¨ Develop yourself through reading, education and training

¨ Develop problem solving skills

¨ Understand that you have the power to make choices that will affect your situation

¨ Establish goals

¨ Take steps toward accomplishing goals

¨ Ask for help

¨ Embrace a survivor mentality (not a victim)

¨ Focus on the present (not the past or the future)

2. Positive Outlook

This skill is "the ability to see the positive in others, the ability to savor positive experiences," and again, there is circuitry in the brain that underlies this quality. Practicing compassion can have an effect on the brain relatively quickly and with just a little effort.

 

3. Attention

"A wandering mind is an unhappy mind," says Davidson, paraphrasing the research on the subject. Research has found that 47 percent of an adult's waking life is spent not paying attention to what they're doing, and these frequent distractions affect their well-being.

 

4. Generosity

"There are now a plethora of data showing that when individuals engage in generous and altruistic behavior, they actually activate circuits in the brain that are key to fostering well-being," says Davidson. In short, simple acts of kindness won't just make others happier, they will make you happier, too. 

To increase your happiness, try these techniques:

¨ Three daily positives - everyday, write down three positive things about your day

 

¨ Give a shout out - praise another person for something they have done

 

¨ Mindfulness - stay attuned with your feelings and what causes them, try not to focus on negative feelings

 

¨ Good deeds - do something nice for another person

 

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The Scott Loper Team

Scott & Lisa Loper

Scott Loper Team at Keller Williams Real Estate

 

Comments

Good morning Scott. I think happiness is an acquired skill too. There is always something to be grateful for and happy about.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 10 months ago

Very thought provoking article.  Happiness is a decision we make.  Thank you for posting!

Posted by Gwen Fowler-CRS- 864-638-3599 SC Mountains & Lakes--, Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc. (Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc) 10 months ago

Happiness is a state of mind. Only you ca allow yourself to be happy reguardless your situation.

Mos people could be happier if they just let themselves

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) 10 months ago

It totally makes sense that happiness is a skill as I have noticed that some people seem happier than others. I just never thought about it like this. The people in my life that aren't as happy in general can sometimes be difficult to spend much time with. 

Posted by Libby Cousins, Contract Mortgage Processor, licensed in WA (Extraordinary Processing) 10 months ago

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