Hey y’all! This week I’ve been reading The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor. Even though my brain has been going into overdrive working on edits for my own book (which is why my posts have been a tad more infrequent- I apologize), I couldn’t help myself from getting lost in the wondrous words of this phenomenal positive psychology book extraordinaire. It is health food for the soul to have the pleasure of soaking up the latest research on what makes for a beautiful, colorful life filled with as much happiness as possible. Needless to say, I highly recommend picking up a copy.
I believe that psychology and nutrition go hand-in-hand. Certainly both are related to long-term health and wellness. If curiosity has you wondering about the subjects covered in the book that I will be coming out with next year, I will give you a heads up that a large part of it covers self-confidence, how to love the skin we’re in, and how to be the best possible versions of ourselves- compassion for others, an interest in making the world a better place and embarking on a lifelong journey of discovering the passions that speak to us- are all parts of the pie of becoming our best selves and factors which enable us to be proud of who we are. And smiles will surely form on your face with greater frequency!
Okay, now let’s talk about The Happiness Advantage. I mean seriously, what a read! I had to write a blog post on this subject because I think this book is one of those books that all of us should get our hands on and learn from. Check out this hypothetical scenario that drives home an important lesson I learned from the book:
Two people wake up and view the same sun shining brightly overhead and experience the same potent rays on their skin as they venture out the door in the morning. One of them eagerly declares, “I love the sunshine today. It’s so beautiful outside.” The other person laments, “It’s terribly hot outside today and I’m sweating like mad. Gross!” Both people are experiencing the same situation-the weather- yet they way they experience the weather is markedly different.
Life is an array of endless new experiences that can be viewed in positive or negative lights. Each change in your life, each day, every hour and minute, is a fresh opportunity to make decisions and form opinions that cause your brain and body to react accordingly. Our reactions to events in our lives are continually shaped and molded each day we wake up. It’s up to us to be in charge of how much positivity we let shine in.
As Achor writes, “When our brains constantly scan for and focus on the positive, we profit from three of the most important tools available to us: happiness, gratitude, and optimism…the more you pick upon the positive around you, the better you’ll feel.”
So today and everyday, I encourage you to express gratitude for all of the wonderful things you have in your life and be the person who adores the sunshine rather than loathes the heat. If you are feeling upset or negative about something, can you think of ways to turn it around and view it in a positive light? I dare you.
Peace, love and KALE!
P.S. You can pick up a copy of The Happiness Advantage HERE.