I want to start with the physical properties that create happiness first because without the physical capability of being happy nothing else matters. 70% of our neurotransmitters are created in our gut. Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride is a Russian neuroscientist that noticed all her patients had gut issues and knew the neuro issues had to be related. She studied what we now call the microbiome and created what she calls the GAPS diet to heal the gut. Many doctors have followed suit and agree that it is extremely important to maintain a healthy gut to avoid neuro problems including depression and anxiety. Take care of your crap factory and be happy. I wrote many articles on this subject so please feel free to browse my blog.
Have you ever seen the Will Smith movie “The Pursuit of Happiness”? In the movie, the main character claims that there is only the pursuit of happiness and happiness only occurs in short bursts when you finally get what you want. This is called natural happiness and is no better in creating happiness than not getting what you want.
In this video, Dan Gilbert explains that happiness is synthetically created within. Whether we get what we want or not we will be just as happy; we create synthetic happiness when we don’t get what we want. It’s every bit as real as natural happiness from getting what we want. It comes down to how we perceive things. If we thought of gallbladder surgery the same way we thought of a trip to Amsterdam, then gallbladder surgery would create happiness.
So how do we get ourselves to perceive events in a positive way to create happiness?
Shawn Achor is a psychologist and expert in happiness and he says that people always move the bar when they look for happiness in external factors. When you get there then you need to get somewhere else and then somewhere else. Like chasing a horizon; you never get there.
Shawn Achor explains in this video a 21-day challenge to alter your perception of the world into positive thoughts creating happiness. #1- He says to write down 3 positive things that happened that day. #2- Write one story that was particularly positive. Writing the story allows you to relive the event. #3- Exercising creates a positive outlook on life in many ways; come see me for an hour for free. #4- Meditation allows the body to reverse the stress response and in today's society is of extreme importance. #5- Doing random acts of kindness daily even if it's just an email with a compliment or thank you.
The random acts of kindness was talked about in the Dan Gilbert video as well. He talked about the study where 2 groups of people were given a sum of money and one group was told to spend it on themselves and the other was told to spend it on someone else. Of course, people get more happiness out of spending money on others than they do spending money on themselves.
The last thing I want to talk about here is something I mention to everyone that sees me in person. Dan Buettner wrote a book called “The Blue Zones”. Dan went to 4 places in the world where people live the longest and found out what they have in common. Research shows that people that live the longest live the happiest and vise versa.
Dan found 5 things in common. #1- You need to have a sense of purpose. There is no such thing as retirement and you need a reason to get up in the morning. #2- You need to surround yourself with the right people. You could have the best job in the world but if you have to work with a clear bag of smashed barking spiders you’ll hate it. #3- You need friends and family. If you move to paradise island, you’ll be happy for around 3 months and then you’ll get lonely. #4 and #5- Of course, a proper diet is in there and of course proper exercise. You can watch Dan's Ted Talk here.
The secret of happiness is that it comes from within. Only 10% of our happiness comes from outside sources. 90% of our happiness is created within us. This explains why poor people can be so much happier than “successful” wealthy people. It’s all about learning to find the positives in every day.
I hope you liked the article. If you did, share it with friends. These are the types of issues I deal with daily with my clients in order to accomplish their fitness goals. I believe in a coach like approach and I help guide my clients to do the things they deem relevant for them and they are seeing really great results. For me the reward is the happiness it creates and seeing the new found confidence in people. WOULD YOU LIKE ME TO PERSONALLY SHOW YOU HOW YOU CAN ACHIEVE YOUR FITNESS GOALS ...FOR FREE?
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