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Journals Still Available

If you still haven’t gotten a Happy LIFE journal, email happy@life.edu.  Until then, just jump in and send an email or note to someone who makes your life better and you’ll be on you way to the Happy LIFE.  We’re glad to have you; there’s strength in numbers!

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Welcome to the “Happy Habits” of the Life In Focus Experiment

We’re inviting you, along with members of our campus, professional and local communities, to be part of the Happy L.I.F.E.  We begin with many thanks to Shawn Achor for the bridge he builds (or, as some might say, in the leaps he takes) in his TEDx talk between some of the existing research in positive psychology and simple, practical applications that may help us increase the positivity in our lives.

We hope that you’ll find all the activities of the Happy L.I.F.E. meaningful and continue to build on each one as you add the next habit to your daily positivity practices.  By the end, you may just have five new habits that create greater satisfaction, success and, yes, maybe even a greater sense of happiness in your life.  And, don’t worry if you miss a start date – just jump right in with a positive intention get started from right where you are.

Or, if you’re already practicing one of the habits, we encourage you to combine your positive intentions with ours and we challenge you to go to the next level in the practice of your habit.  For instance, if you’re already meditating, add compassion or self-discovery to your intentions.  If you’re already exercising, add intention to your workout by turning off the noise – or the iPod – and truly focus inward on the mind-body connection…you get the idea.  Whatever you’re already doing, take it up a notch.

Our phases will follow our academic calendar (we’re on the quarter system) so that our students, staff and faculty have a chance to begin each phase at less hectic times of each quarter.  And, we’ve built in some “breathers” between each 21-day phase so that you can experience the satisfaction of continuing each habit, on your own, into the next phase.

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Phase 1 – Saying “Thank you”

February 21 – March 13

The first activity that we invite you to do along with us, with the goal of making it a daily habit, is to send an email or note out to someone in your support system or network.  It can be anyone – and you can thank them for anything you’d like as long as you feel like it’s a benefit to your life.  We’ll begin on February 21, as a community of gratitude, capturing what people mean to us and sharing it with them.

You might get stuck some days – they don’t call it “writer’s block” for nothing!  If you do, here’s a list of 100 things to thank people for that might help get you unstuck.  And, it might also help to remember why it’s important to say “thank you” and how to make them most meaningful to the recipient.