If you read that headline and heard the Partridge Family singing it, I bet it brought a smile to your face. If you have no idea who the Partridge Family is, show some respect to your elders and Google “partridge family come on get happy ” – after you’re done reading this blog post, of course.
We all have our good and bad days, but there are definitely those people who tend to be happy more regularly. They’re just nicer to be around. Who wants to hang out with someone who’s constantly kvetching? I’m not suggesting we walk away from a friend who’s going through a difficult time. That’s heartless. But you know the perpetually unhappy type I’m referring to: Gloomy Gus, Betty Bitcher, Negative Ned. They suck your energy, and worst of all, their unhappiness can be catching. You walk away from a conversation with them feeling depleted and suddenly worried about the economy, your health, the future of mankind. Good Lord! Get me a dose of happiness – stat!
The good news? Research has shown that there are actual steps to cultivating happiness that we can take, and no, those steps don’t include scarfing a box of Godiva chocolates or buying that gorgeous red handbag we’ve been eyeing. Because we’re all different, with varying personalities and circumstances, not every happiness-inducing activity will resonate with everyone. You’ll need to find the one that speaks to you. As a motivational speaker, I know that no matter what area of our lives we’re addressing, we need to find techniques that fit our lifestyle. So over the next few posts, I’ll highlight a number of effective methods for creating a happier frame of mind. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with this one tip, which some consider the most effective instant happiness booster: Get moving. Not only does exercise reduce stress, it also increases self-esteem. What better reason to Google that Partridge Family theme song and get up and dance to it, right now? Unless you’re reading this at work!