The Happiness Challenge

Posted on Monday April 30

Congratulations.

You are registered for the Sweetlife Adventures Happiness Challenge.

Your happiness training begins tomorrow, May 1. It will last 21 days.

The goal is to develop the habit of happy and rewire the brain to be positive.

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Here’s how it works -

A few sweet notes -

  • We are on this adventure together. We are just as curious as you to see how this happiness training works. Let’s rolls with it.
  • Need a reminder what this is all about – (re)watch Shawn Achor’s Ted Talk.
  • We are training our minds to have the “Happiness Advantage” (details below).
  • Invite friends and family to take the Happiness Challenge with you. (For example, in our house this will be a family adventure. Each of us will have a small notepad and pen by our beds. We will write our list each morning and share it as a “ticket” to get breakfast.

The Happiness Advantage

The background behind The Happiness Advantage -

“Our most commonly held formula for success is broken. Conventional wisdom holds that if we work hard we will be more successful, and if we are more successful, then we’ll be happy. If we can just find that great job, win that next promotion, lose those five pounds, happiness will follow.

But recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have shown that this formula is actually backward:

Happiness fuels success, not the other way around.

When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive at work. This isn’t just an empty mantra. This discovery has been repeatedly borne out by rigorous research in psychology and neuroscience, management studies, and the bottom lines of organizations around the globe.

In The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor, who spent over a decade living, researching, and lecturing at Harvard University, draws on his own research—including one of the largest studies of happiness and potential at Harvard and others at companies like UBS and KPMG—to fix this broken formula. Using stories and case studies from his work with thousands of Fortune 500 executives in 42 countries, Achor explains how we can reprogram our brains to become more positive in order to gain a competitive edge at work.H

History of the Happiness Challenge

Experts in positive psychology say research shows we can train for happiness like we train for a 5k; we can rewire our brain to see things more positively by incorporating simple daily exercises.

We decided to try for ourselves with a 21 day adventure in happiness through positivity and gratitude. Join us to see if your brain becomes more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, healthier, resilient and productive.

Get all the sweet details here.

 

 

Sweet Yellow Dots

Posted on Thursday April 26

There’s a great Jerry Seinfeld quote ~

“Life is truly a ride. We’re all strapped in and no one can stop it. When the doctor slaps your behind, he’s ripping your ticket and away you go. As you make each passage from youth to adulthood to maturity, sometimes you put your arms up and scream, sometimes you just hang onto that bar in front of you. But the ride is the thing. I think the most you can hope for at the end of life is that your hair is messed, you’re out of breath and you didn’t throw up.”

I love this.

But as it goes, sometimes we find ourselves hanging on pretty darn tight. Thinking only about the bumpy part of the ride. Thinking about what huge drop might come next. Thinking the ride isn’t perfect.

Jerry would be so disappointed.

This morning I remembered something a very wise friend once shared with me. Riding in her car, I noticed a yellow dot on her rear view mirror. When asked why, she explained that she liked to stick yellow dots in all sorts of places as a reminder that it doesn’t have to be a perfect day to be a great day.

It doesn’t have to be a perfect day to be a great day.

Wow. That’s good stuff.

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It’s time to get some sweet yellow dots. And stick them everywhere.

And remember to enjoy the ride we are on.

And maybe even let go of the bar, put our hands up, and scream.

Get ready for great sweet friends!

 

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