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.
There’s strength in numbers so many people choose to participate in the “Happy Habits” together. Couples, best friends, study groups…we’ve heard about all kinds and sizes of groups starting on the Happy L.I.F.E. together. Many of the businesses and doctors’ offices that have participated as groups designated start dates for each of the 21-day periods (with some also having kickoff events – from modest to a little lavish – to mark the start of each activity).
It’s important to note here that, while the group approach is a great way to add an instant support network, in the end, the Happy L.I.F.E. is an individual journey so anyone can just jump right in with a positive intention and get started from right where you are.
Or, if you’re already practicing one of the habits, we encourage 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, find some way that’s meaningful to you and take it up a notch.
Feel free to take “breathers” between each 21-day phase so that you can experience the satisfaction of continuing each activity past the initial 21-day period until it is truly a habit. Then, start the next activity for 21 days to try it on for size, as you continue the preceding habit – and so on – until you’ve tried each of the five Happy L.I.F.E. activities. If you’re like most people, you’ll find that you enjoy some of the activities more than others and, naturally, those are the activities you’re most likely to adopt as habits.