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Make a difference #8

Happiness Hack #8 Finding Meaning

Go Make a Difference in Someone’s Life

‘‘Man’s main concern is not to gain pleasure or to avoid pain but rather to see a meaning in his life.’’ Frankl

One of the most common terms used in people’s definitions of Happiness is meaning. We are all looking for meaning in our lives. One of the best ways to find meaning is to make a difference in someone else’s life. Our challenge is we often measure the amount of meaning in our lives by the number of people who tell us we are making a difference. Unfortunately, in people’s busy lives they often don’t take time or don’t know how to stop and let someone know they made a difference. So we don’t hear how important we are often enough and sometimes get discouraged.
Don’t wait to hear that you matter from someone else. Don’t measure you ability to make a difference by the number of people who find a way to share their feelings of gratitude. Instead, just start helping people. Find people to smile at or give a hand to. Help someone who seems down feel better. Donate your time to a charity. Help a friend with a move or navigating through an emotional challenge. Find ways every day to make a difference for someone else, and you will be happier and live a more meaningful life.

“As humans, we actually require a sense of meaning to thrive.” Diener

 

Happiness Hack #6 – Find Flow

Happiness Hack #7 – Keep a Happiness Jar

 

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My Passion is helping people become successful and happy. I have found that many people want to be successful but just don’t know how. More importantly, people want to be successful because they feel that reaching some success pinnacle will result in them becoming happy. The research and my experience has shown that just the opposite is the case. Success does not lead to happiness. Happiness leads to success.

 

Jar of Happiness Memories

Happiness Hack #7 Keep a Happiness Jar

Capturing Memories of a Great Year Helps Make It a Great Year

Keep a Happiness Jar full of happy memories that you can review and share from time to time. Use a mason jar so you can see inside. Add movie tickets, wine corks, receipts from great meals you have had, and post-it notes with short summaries of what you did fun today. Write notes on each of them about who you were with, what you did and why it made you happy. Be creative, you will find all kinds of little reminders you can add. Keep your Happiness Jar in a prominent place so you can look inside and relive many of your happy times and also so you can be reminded to keep adding more happy memories. Just seeing the jar creates inspiration to do something that makes you happy. Share the happiness by letting visitors and friends add to your jar. It is exciting to watch what makes them happy. Decorate your jar and put the year on it. You can create a jar each year so you have years and years of happy memories you can revisit.

Adapted from an idea in Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.

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Happiness Hack #6 – Find Flow

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My Passion is helping people become successful and happy. I have found that many people want to be successful but just don’t know how. More importantly, people want to be successful because they feel that reaching some success pinnacle will result in them becoming happy. The research and my experience has shown that just the opposite is the case. Success does not lead to happiness. Happiness leads to success.