As promised, here it is.
These awesome women are on a quest to find what makes humans happy. Even though they would describe themselves as naturally happy people, having a happier baseline is something that most people need to habitually cultivate. In their initial research, they found that happiness often boils down to four main things:
1. Close relationships
2. Job fulfillment/passion for hobby
3. Helping others
Listening to what makes other people happy has been the best part of this podcast. Hearing our guests speak about their passions is really exciting and makes me want to try new things. It’s been really fun putting on our detective hats to investigate what makes other people happy and try to apply some of what we learn to our own lives.
What are your top 3 happiness habits and why are they actually effective?
1. Gratitude: Writing down 3-5 very specific things (key = specificity) that you are grateful for every day.
Why: We’ve found that practicing gratitude is the biggest contributor to positivity. Most people are generally grateful for specific things in their life, but the act of practicing gratitude tends to embed a positive mindset into each day.
2. Journaling: Prompted and free writing journaling.
Why: Even if you’ve had a difficult day, journaling out your feelings and being called to write out some of the more positive aspects of your day will help change your mindset from focusing on the negative to the positive by consciously thinking about the positive and happy moments in your day.
3. Boundaries: Setting solid boundaries and taking time for yourself.
Why: During this pandemic, work/family/play have melded together for many people. It’s now more important than ever to carve out a bit of time for yourself to do something that makes you happy. This has made a big positive impact in our own lives.
Read: Our full interview
Listen: THS on the Positively Happier podcast