Happiness, Flow and Being Well
Shawn Achor provides a daily list of actions that will lead to greater happiness. This is strongly based on gratitude, and acts of kindness. Do one unexpected kind act and see what happens to your mood. Happiness is an emotion that adds to our Being Well.
Acts of Gratitude
An Action Plan for Happiness
- This activity offered by Shawn Achor requires writing a Gratitude Journal
- Write 3 things you are grateful for on a daily basis
- Perform one Random Act of Kindness(RAK) on a daily basis
Tim Ferriss has mentioned that he writes a list of 20 things that he is grateful for on a daily basis. Try this for a daily list of three. Overtime you may begin to build on this list. Whether you write down 3, or 20, it comes from you, and that is what matters.
To extend this expression of gratitude you may write a letter to someone expressing your gratitude. Write 250-300 words expressing how you are grateful for the relationship that you share with this person. It may be a client that has gone the extra distance in your work relationship, or how much your relation means to you and your company, or group.
The act of expressing gratitude has a significant effect on our happiness and feeling of satisfaction of how we are leading our life. This is the basis of authentic happiness that is the discussed in positive psychology.
A Flow of Happiness
Flow is that place you reach when your highest strengths are used to face high challenges in your live. This is experienced unconsciously, when fully engaged in an activity. Achieving this level of happiness is fully experienced when we are engaged in an activity that pleases us, are fully engaged, at that level you may call the zone.
According to Csikszentmihalyi, flow is completely focused motivation. It is a single-minded immersion and represents perhaps the ultimate experience in harnessing the emotions in the service of performing and learning. In flow, the emotions are not just contained and channeled, but positive, energized, and aligned with the task at hand.
3 Elements of Flow
- Goals are clear and give direction and structure to your pursuit.
- Feedback is immediate and helps you respond to changing demands of pursuit.
- A balance between challenge and capacity to perform a task, or pursuit provides confidence that you can accomplish what you set out to do.
Let Being Well Happen
Whatever your pursuits in life, be it at home with family, a hobby, work, or athletics, if it is experienced with a great sense of happiness, has deep personal meaning that extends beyond self, and you are fully absorbed to the point of unconsciousness, then being well happens. There will be a flow of experiences that will have a positive influence of well-being.
- Superfluidity: The Psychology of Peak Performance (psychologytoday.com)
- Happiness:Reversing the Formula (Jen Grisanti)
Posted by: Randy Bauer