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Wanda McKenzie's insight:
Four A's of stakeholder engagement - Alignment, Authenticity, Attachment and Advocacy, apply to employees
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 . 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 .
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 . 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 . 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 . In a study published in 2012, positive psychologists Stephen Schueller and Acacia Parks tested this happiness strategy in an online setting  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 , 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 . 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?
Achieving Happiness: Achieving authentic happiness CapitalGazette.com Happiness is defined as “the overall experience of pleasure and meaning” by Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar in his book “Happier'' (2007, McGraw Hill).
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a way to achieve happiness -
"Being part of a supportive, productive work team."
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