happiness

I am Blessed

Blessed

If you’re reading this, you have an Internet connection.

As much as that can seem like a “need” in today’s society, it’s actually quite a luxury. If you can afford that type of luxury, I’m going to assume that you, like me, have your basic needs met. And if that’s the case, regardless of what you’re going through, you are extremely blessed.

If I really stop and think about it, my entire life is filled with blessings that I often take for granted.

I wake up and turn the lights and coffee maker on. I have electricity any time I want.

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The Beauty of Silence

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The world we live in is noisy. Things compete for our attention from all angles. Television, work, family, advertisements, radio, emails and more give us a steady stream of noise. Internally, your own self-talk can leave you feeling frazzled.

The thing about escaping the noise in our lives is that you have to make an effort to do it. It doesn’t happen on its own.

Why escape the noise?

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This 10 Second Happiness Hack Will Improve Your Entire Day

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There is so much pain and suffering in the world, and it takes a toll on each of us. As I posted about before, my heart breaks when I hear of tragedy, and I’m sure yours does too. It really depresses my day.

The problem is that the shock value of a story is what makes the news. People can’t help but become enthralled by information about the latest shooting or natural disaster or kidnapping. Even as we’re horrified, we’re still watching, which means the news stations will keep playing it.

I don’t even have television and I feel the effects. I had downloaded a couple news apps which would alert me to “breaking news.” This included everything from President Obama giving an important speech to a terror attack in Libya to the death of Prince. Mostly, it was negative. And it popped up throughout my life, as a constant reminder that the world is broken.

It turns out, hearing all the bad news that the media throws at us makes a significant difference in our lives. I found many articles on this exact situation, but one that stood out to me was this one. Not only does seeing or hearing negative news in the morning affect your effectiveness at work, it actually made people report their day as less happy 6 to 8 hours later. 

Stop and let that sink in. It affects you all day long.

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How to Live a Long, Happy, Healthy Life, According to Science

What would you do to live to be 95 with very few health problems and a happy attitude?

Become a raw vegan?

Train for a marathon each year?

Meditate for 20 minutes a day?

 

All of those things might be helpful for you, but according to one of the longest-running studies ever, the one thing that clearly led to happiness, longevity, and improved well-being for its participants was social connectivity.

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In this TED talk about the study, Robert Waldinger puts it simply when he points out that the biggest takeaway from 75 years worth of research is that “good relationships make us happier and healthier.” This means getting connected to the community, to your family, and to your friends.

So how can you do this?

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