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Happiness Hack #64 – Send Yourself a Happiness Email

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Take 15 Seconds to Create a Memory

Spend around 15 seconds each day sending yourself an e-mail about something that made you happy.  Keep it quick and easy, but do it every day so it becomes a habit.  You can keep it to 15 seconds or spend more time if you have it. Type your memory into the subject line of the e-mail.  Start your subject line with “Memory:” so you can quickly separate it from other e-mails, and then add your happy thoughts.  You can manually or automatically move the emails into a memories folder so you can go back and review them at your leisure.  If you have more time, you can add a picture or spend time describing your experience in more detail.  For fun, you can share with the people who were a part of your happy memory.  Over time you will create an electronic journal of happiness.  Any time you are sad or need a boost, just review some of your past happy memories.

This activity combines three different areas of happiness research.  First, remembering three great things that happened during your day makes you happier.  Second, writing down your thoughts and feelings and especially writing your personal stories also helps you be happier.  Lastly, remembering the small events in life can make you as happy or happier than focusing on just the big events.

Send yourself daily happiness e-mails and you can create a reservoir of happy memories you can access whenever you need them.  Plus it will make each day a little happier.

You can also use the MyHappiness App to track your daily happiness and keep a history with pictures and recommendations for happiness.  You can access it on iPhone or Android in the app store by searching for MyHappiness or on your browser at MyHappiness.io

 

 

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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.

Happiness Hack #42 – Being Happy Includes Being Unhappy

Happiness is not all cotton candy and rainbows. For most people happiness is contentment, fulfillment, and satisfaction. It is a belief that you can be the “real you” and life will still turn out great. But for life to be great we have to experience all of our emotions and persevere through all the ups and downs. We have to be authentic in who we are and how we feel. Bad things happen and we feel sad. We see injustices that make us angry. We can be frustrated, or scared, or disgusted. Being authentic means experiencing all of our emotions with an internal understanding that “This too shall pass” and overall we will find happiness and joy in our lives. So don’t worry if you are not constantly happy. Authentically experience all of your emotions in life. Find joy in just being you and remaining confident that happiness can always be a part of your life even while the other emotions come and go as part of the smorgasbord of life.

Live and feel and be the “real you” and you will be happier.

 

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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.

Happiness Hack #21 – Give Money

Giving Makes You Happier than Keeping

Research has shown that giving money to a charity or to help someone else made people happier, and that happier people gave more money to help others, suggesting there is a virtuous circle of giving and becoming happier, which leads to more giving. The research included giving people $5 or $20 and then assigning them a task of giving it away or spending it on themselves. Those people who gave the money to someone else were happier than were the people who spent it on themselves.

Look for opportunities to give and you will be happier.

 

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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.

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Happiness Habit #9 Start Small

Change Old Habits into Happiness Habits One Tiny Change at a Time

If we want to increase our level of happiness, something has to change. Otherwise we are staying in the same place and not growing. The best way to change is to create new habits or make adjustments to our old habits.
Changing our habits is difficult even for the most disciplined people and changing lots of habits at once is almost impossible. The secret is to start small. Find one habit you can change a little bit and then focus on that until the change becomes part of your natural routine. For example if you want to exercise more, don’t start by training for a marathon. Your willpower is limited and can easily get used up making yourself run long distances 5 times a week. Instead, start your exercise by walking to your neighbor’s house or half way down your block each day. Just a little walking each day will only take a few minutes and will take a minimal amount of will power to complete. If you feel like walking farther you can, but only put pressure on yourself to walk to your neighbor’s house and back. Once that has become part of your routine for 30 days or more, then you can walk down a few more houses. Often you will find you have extended your walks without even thinking about it. Later you can add jogging for a few houses. The point is to start small and work up to it in small increments so it becomes a habit rather than something that drains your will power each day and you dread having to do.

If you change and grow you will be happier, especially if the change lasts and you can then move on to other small changes so you are always getting a little happier.

Happiness Hack #4 – Practice Autonomy

Happiness Hack #5 Make Time To Exercise

Happiness Hack #6: Find Flow

Happiness Hack #7 Keep a Happiness Jar

Happiness Hack #8 Finding Meaning

 

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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.

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