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» 5 Things You Can Do in the Next 5 Minutes to Be Happier in the Next 5 Days -Ron Zilca

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Happiness is a lifelong pursuit of meaning, purpose, and fulfillment. But while it could take years of persistence to deeply transform your life, there are scientifically-tested strategies that are shown to provide an immediate happiness boost. Such activities provide a modest increase in happiness but it lasts for weeks and months, and when practiced consistently over time, they become happiness habits, energizing you to live your dreams and passions.

 

Here are 5 such strategies that you can practice right now, to get a shot of healthy psychological nutrients:

 

1. Get up and do some jumping jacks

 

Aerobic exercise boosts one’s positive mood. In 2005, Researchers at Chicago State University and the University of Minnesota analyzed 158 different studies that were conducted between 1979 and 2005 [1]. They found that the effect of aerobic exercise was consistently positive, and was especially noticeable when one started an exercise-session while being a little more down than usual. In other words, physical exercise can lift you up when you need it the most. In a more recent study, researchers in Halmstad University in Sweden analyzed 15 different studies and have shown that physical exercise is an effective treatment of mild and moderate depression [2].

 

Body and mind are inseparable. A couple of minutes of jumping jacks may go a very long way.

 

2. Call a friend or a family member

 

Positive social connections are a cornerstone of happiness and health [3]. A conversation with a friend can have a lasting positive effect, increasing your energy, and cultivating motivation. In fact, even simply belonging to a social group or having a minimal personal connection with another person creates lasting and significant drive [4]. If there are people around you right now whom you like and appreciate, walk up to someone and talk with them. If not, pick up the phone and say hi.

 

3. Write down three good things you are grateful for

 

Many people maintain a journal where they regularly write down the things for which they are grateful. This simple exercise of acknowledging your good fortune by identifying “three good things”, has been shown to provide both an immediate and a lasting effect on happiness [5]. In a study published in 2012, positive psychologists Stephen Schueller and Acacia Parks tested this happiness strategy in an online setting [6] and found that the benefits last as long as six months. A small kick for six months in return for five minutes of writing is a pretty good deal.

 

4. Imagine the best-case outcome for the coming months

 

Research consistently shows that imagining your “best possible self” makes you significantly more optimistic [7], resulting in a range of positive emotions. When I met with Coach Caroline Miller during Ride of Your Life and asked her about the path to inner peace, she suggested to “pretend” being an optimist when thinking about the future: “The world is a random set of events to pessimists. Optimists, on the other hand, believe they control the things around them. So, in some ways, you have to pretend you’re an optimist.”

 

In line with common belief, thinking positively (yet realistically) about the future is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Take a few minutes to imagine and write down the best-case scenario for the coming months and years. You may be surprised to discover how bright this possible future may be.

 

5. Set an intention for the day

 

One of the most established and validated models of psychological wellness was published by Carol Ryff from the University of Wisconsin nearly 20 years ago [8]. It includes six elements that constitute happiness, of which one’s autonomy is the most prominent one. Setting a daily intention to guide your day puts you in the driver’s seat, where you make conscious decisions rather than react to incoming demands. You may not be able to get your way all the time, but being simply aware of what you intend to accomplish will provide you with a sense of purpose, and with an opportunity to be consistent in the way you interact with the world.

 

If you’re here at the end of this post, give it a shot right now – what is your daily intention?


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Why You Shouldn’t Want To Always Be Happy

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In the 1990s, a psychologist named Martin Seligman led the positive psychology movement, which placed the study of human happiness squarely at the center…

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, August 29, 2016 12:16 AM
good write-up on happiness and how to reconcile with the fact of limited happiness in our lives.
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Is Customer experience a reflection of employee engagement?

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Customer experience is one of the largest points of focus in the new era of loyalty marketing, and continues to prove its value to a brand’s perception and, consequently, its bottom line.


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“Employees are the backbone of a brand's values and help solidify the relationship consumers have with the brand,” said Brad Marg, COO of Clutch

 

Employee engagement is not a one time event, it's a journey!

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The Top 10 Insights from the “Science of a Meaningful Life” in 2015

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The most surprising, provocative, and inspiring findings published this past year.

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cool studies and results to keep in mind!

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10 hallazgos del 2015 sobre el bienestar y la vida con sentido #PsicologiaPositiva #bienestar #PosPsy

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When it comes to the latest marketing trends or figuring out which designer decided flared pants should make a come back, Google always delivers. When it comes to solving my most frustrating career challenges, not so much.
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Research makes a new case for using your paid time off.
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Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra Launch EXPANDING YOUR HAPPINESS Online

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Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra announced the launch of their latest, all-new meditation experience 'Expanding Your Happiness,' which is open for registration starting today at www.Oprah.com/meditation. The free 21-day meditation experience, which begins on Monday, August 11, will serve as a powerful and invigorating spark to create life-changing happiness in your life.
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Sentiment analysis mention  which is something I've been puzzling over.

 

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People have long assumed that different positive psychology interventions are unique. What if they are all basically the same?

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Neuroscience Reveals The Easy Ritual That Will Make You Happy

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Research shows that one simple thing can make you happier, more successful and even improve your relationships. And it's dead simple.

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2 Things That Lead to a Happy Life, Backed By Research

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Don't let the beginning throw you, this article makes a very important point about fear in the workplace!

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LinkedIn and Altimeter Group published a joint report on the value of corporate social media and its role in customer and employee engagement. To do, we formed a baseline of companies that were actively engaged on a platform we could effectively study.

 

After eight months of research, we assembled a list of the Top 25 Socially Engaged Companies based on how they use LinkedIn to engage employees and customers in the following areas:

1. Content marketing

2. Employee engagement

3. Talent and recruitment

4. SalesLinkedIn and Altimeter Group then conducted targeted and controlled surveys to gather insights into how employees feel about their company’s use of social media.

 

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Valuable research by Brian Solis and LinkedIn looks at employee engagement and social media practices.

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The Language of Engagement

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