The Happiness Advantage
As a culture, the majority of us were taught to work hard to achieve success: only then will we be happy, we’re told.
But what if we have that backwards?
Shawn Achor, happiness researcher and founder of Happiness, Inc., wrote a book called The Happiness Advantage. In his book, he shares copious research demonstrating that in order to achieve success, we must first focus on rewiring the brain for happiness.
But how do you do that?
For 21 consecutive days, do these 5 things:
Gratitude x3 – Write down three things you are grateful for today. This is a critical habit that teaches your brain to scan for happiness instead of negativity.
Journal – Write down the details of one positive experience you’ve had in the past 24 hours. This teaches your brain to relive a positive experience, an act that can produce nearly as much pleasure as the original event itself.
Exercise – Exercise is proven to release endorphins which boost mood and increase productivity (plus a ton of other benefits too numerous to list here.
Meditation – Research shows that regular meditation can permanently rewire the brain to raise levels of happiness, lower stress, and even improve immune function.
Random acts of kindness – Performing acts of kindness can decrease stress and contribute to improved mental health.
Create ripples of positivity.
In the modern world, we define happiness as pleasure; however, the ancient Greeks defined it as the joy you feel when moving towards your potential.
Some people believe that we are the way we are as a result of things beyond our control: our genes, our upbringing, our past traumas, our heritage, etc. Much research has been done to test this idea, and the overwhelming conclusion is that we can rewire our brains and, consequently, change the way we experience life.
Scientists call this neuroplasticity.
Here’s the good news: Whether you’re trying to find happiness or achieve success, or both, you can accomplish this by rewiring your brain for happiness. And the happier you are, the more successful you’ll become!
Check out Shawn’s book, The Happiness Advantage. And while you’re at it, try the exercise at the beginning of this post for 21 days and let me know how it goes!
Yours in health,
P.S. I’m doing the 21-day challenge, too!
I don’t need supplements!
Or do I?
I used to believe that if I ate a healthy diet and avoided “junk” that I did not need to supplement my diet. Now I know better!
Check out this quote from Dr Mark Hyman:
“Many physicians say that if you eat a balanced diet you do not need supplements.
If people eat wild, fresh, organic, local, non-genetically modified food grown in virgin mineral- and nutrient-rich soils that has not been transported across vast distances and stored for months before being eaten ...
and work and live outside, breathe only fresh unpolluted air, drink only pure, clean water, sleep nine hours a night, move their bodies every day, and are free from chronic stressors and exposure to environmental toxins, then it is possible that they might not need supplements.”
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Yours in Health,
The dictionary defines coherency as, “united as or forming a whole.” In our last blog we spoke of coherency as it relates to us human beings and our ability to maintain that coherency between body, mind, and spirit, despite whatever disruption occurs. That disruption can come in the form of a microbe (bacteria, virus, parasite etc.), environmental stressors like being exposed to chemical toxicity at home or in the workplace - these are much more common than you think - mental or emotional stress, and even spiritual stress! If your internal self referencing signal is not strong enough you will be “knocked off your center”. Your optimal self will be compromised and your body-mind will start to contract and minimize your energy output in order to keep you alive! Your immune system will have difficulty distinguishing between “self vs. non self” (autoimmune conditions) and the downward spiral that most of us currently experience continues. We often experience this process as some type of pain or lack of function in our bodies. Typical treatment consists of managing the pain or symptoms so we can return to where we were before our lives were interrupted by the pain or symptom. Looked at from this perspective I hope it becomes clear why our current system of health care is failing terribly. See our last blog on the topic, here.
Let’s take Lyme disease as an example. Each year, more than 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported nationwide, while studies suggest the actual number of people diagnosed with Lyme disease is more likely about 300,000, according to the CDC. This makes it one of the fastest growing infectious diseases in the United States. The typical medical treatment is an aggressive antibiotic regimen which can last up to 6 months or more. There are also many holistic treatments available with varying degrees of success. The one thing that most of them have in common is they are all trying to kill the microbe. This can overload the body with toxins as some of the bacteria die off, thus backing up the body’s organs of elimination and causing further stress to an already overburdened system. (This is commonly called a Herx reaction.)
A radically different approach is to focus on helping the person regain their own coherency. This focus on optimization and integrity of body-mind-spirit will give the person their life back without causing damage to the vessel that contains them. In other words, don’t treat the symptom; create more coherency allowing the body/mind to heal itself. The messenger can go away once the message has been delivered!
How do we promote more coherency?
More to come…