Today is my birthday 🙂 and I want to dedicate this post to the lessons I have learnt in the last one year that have shaped the way I see the world and my role in it.
I usually dread celebrating birthdays every year.That 24 hours that reminds you of how old you are getting and how you are not really close to achieving your dreams or fulfilling your life’s purpose. Never mind that you have a good job, a lot of people who care about you and a reasonably good life.I’ll admit birthdays seem a bit depressing when you look at it like this.
Last year, I decided to look at it from a different perspective. Trying to actively build habits that would help me enjoy the life I have and be more grateful. One thing that helped was watching Shawn Achor’s TED Talk and reading his book The Happiness Advantage. Shawn recommends that ‘engaging in one brief positive exercise every day for as little as three weeks can have a lasting impact’.
Here are the activities, you can try them too:
- Jot down three things you are grateful for.
- Write a positive message to someone in your social support network.
- Meditate for two minutes at your desk or anywhere
- Exercise for 10 minutes.
- Take two minutes to describe in a journal the most meaningful experience of the past 24 hours.
This looks like over simplification you say.Yes. The best things are simple.Training your brain to be positive is not so different from training your muscles at the gym. Recent research on neuroplasticity—the ability of the brain to change even in adulthood—reveals that as you develop new habits, you rewire the brain.
Making a decision to write this blog everyday to focus on the inspiring things in life is a result of that process. I hope this helps you in finding more meaning,success and happiness in your days and birthdays.