Friday Thoughts on Happiness

So a few thoughts on happiness. As many of you may know, I’ve been taking a communication course called the Science of Happiness. It’s quite intriguing but please don’t ask me if I’m eons happier. It’s a gradual process and I think it’s mostly about learning about one’s interests and taking a different perspective on life.

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We just started reading this book and I thought I’d share a few interesting points with y’all.

  • Expressing gratitude is an antidote to negative emotions
  • Happy people tend to exhibit the following characteristics:
  • — Committed to lifelong goals
  • — Practice optimism with the future
  • — Live in the moment and savor life’s pleasures
  • — Still have their fare share of disappointments crises & tragedies; they just take a different approach to coping with them
  • Overthinking diminishes happiness. Novel concept right? I’m SO guilty of this, it’s not even funny. But I do find that when I tell myself to move on and let things go, I feel much better. This could be about school, image, friends, life. Overthinking actually impairs one’s ability to solve problems and interferes with concentration and initiative. Tough advice, but it works.
  • Happiness takes work. There’s no overnight solution or dream medicine.

Why is it good to be happy? Well, we can’t be happy happy all the time (no, that would not be normal…psychopath more like it) but it does have some benefits:

  • more sociable & energetic
  • charitable & cooperative
  • flexibility & ingenuity
  • resilient & stronger immune systems

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Also, talking about graduation…it’s about three weeks away. No big deal. How about this funky post from BuzzFead about things we will never be able to do again post-graduation.

d5834dbeb86b975d6b9c66def99f8d5eThoughts on happiness? Have a wonderful three-day weekend! Any plans?

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14 thoughts on “Friday Thoughts on Happiness

  1. For awhile, I was taking a few minutes at the end of each day to write down 3 things that made me happy that day – that small act definitely made me happier. I’m not sure why I stopped doing that, but I think I’m going to start again.

    • That is a really good way to think about gratitude and an excellent habit. I know there was a study that had people complete such a task and they were much happier than those that didn’t. They were even happier than those who completed the task 3x per week. Have a wonderful weekend 🙂

    • So true, but according to her study, we control 40% of our happiness. Only 10% comes from circumstances like money or appearance. It’s never too late to start 🙂 Even each day is a new beginning. That’s the beauty of life. Good luck!

  2. Haha! Sadly most of the things in that BuzzFeed article are true. Although I can find drink specials and have been to a few theme parties since graduating 🙂

    Sounds like such an interesting class! And it’s very cool that you got to take it your last quarter.

  3. I agree that it’s hard to always be happy. I feel it’s ok to complain about some of your worries and troubles, but it’s what you do about it that counts. Actions, not words, will create change. When you can somehow shine some light on that rain drop, there is a chance for a beautiful rainbow at the end; however, it can only happen if you try to make that hardship into something better.
    Also, I believe we should do things that we are really passionate about because that will give us true happiness and a more positive outlook on life. It is easy to be strapped down to a normal routine of daily life, and always planning the next step on your ‘to do’ list. But without finding some kind of spark in your life that brings you true joy, your mood and engagement with others will not reach full potential and therefore not full happiness.
    I love all your thoughts Kaitlin! This class seems to be a good reminder on how to be a happier person because who doesn’t want to be happy?

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