This past week I feel like everyone’s stress levels have sky rocketed. The drama from the presidential race is taking a toll on a lot of people and their levels of happiness and sanity. I have a friend who just deleted Facebook from their phone, and they remarked “Wow! I’m so much happier!” Another friend was literally losing sleep over this drama. She solved her problem from unfollowing Facebook pages that were bringing her down.
Save your sanity with some of these tips I learned from Shawn Achor, one of the world’s happiness experts. He used to be a professor at Harvard teaching one of the most popular courses they offerred – on happiness!
1. Don’t look at the news in the morning. Just TWO MINUTES of watching the news in the morning will impact your mood hours later. Like 1/2 a day later! This does not mean that you have to have your head in the sand. Just look at the news in the afternoon or evening.
2. When you’re brushing your teeth before bed, think of THREE NEW things that you are happy about it. And be very specific on what you think about them. Not I’m happy for my friends, family and health.
3. Send one “Thank You” email or text every morning thanking someone or complimenting them on how awesome they are. If you do that, not only did you make yourself happier, you brightened someone’s day! Sounds crazy but this simple act of kindness is considered the most powerful way to save your sanity and make you happier.
Watch Shawn Achor’s TED talk, one of the most watched TED talks of all time. He tells a hilarious story about his sister! http://www.ted.com/talks/shawn_achor_the_happy_secret_to_better_work