What Makes Us Happy? Simply put.

We are happy because we feel well in our body. Partly true, studies show that illness and physical appearances are not long term predictors of our happiness level (see the studies from Prof Seligman from PenU). Rather, we are happy because we take care of ourselves: when we practice sports, go to the fitness club, take a long hot bath after running through the cold morning mist, or enjoy a healthy breakfast, …
We actually feel happier when we express positive feelings, express gratitude, laugh out loud, … But like a good movie, this instant happiness does not necessarily last.
Lasting happiness is achieved when we contemplate with pride the outcome of our past work. These successes and achievements make up who we are. We not only feel great when we look back at them, but also when we apply our skills and expertise, and achieve a state of flow to craft these personal accomplishments.
Lasting happiness is also reinforced by the people around us, our family and friends: we all need quiet moments for ourselves, but try it, living completely alone over a longer period is no fun.

And finally, what is it that creates the strongest and longer lasting feeling of happiness? Meaning. This is about the leadership of our life, about having a passion and putting in massive energy to live it fully, about articulating our vision and implementing our plan to get there, one step at a time. There are tools and templates like the vision board to help us define this meaningfully, but in the end, it is up to us individually to design our own way and enjoy every step of the journey!
All the best for the upcoming holiday, the time to enjoy, to reunite and to think. Meaningfully.

What You Need To Shape Your Life?

Traveling around the world, I meet with executives and leaders who ask themselves the question : does it really make sense? Why working so hard this year to get a tougher goal next year? What is left in the end ?
Really good questions one should ask himself. Even more important is to follow a structured path to find the right answer. From living an enjoyable life, healthy and productive, with friends and family around you , to defining meaningful goals as the leader of your own life.
Shape your life is a 5 week template taking you through what it takes to define your goals and reshape your life to achieve them.
Try it, if is free, will take you about 10 minutes per day, 4 days per week. And what if it actually transforms your life for ever?
At least, this will bring you the basic answers you need to stay motivated in your job and not feel like a rat in a cage !

25 Days To Shape Your Life


The Perfect Evening...

A glass of wine, nice movie, a great book waiting, thoughtful discussions and some quiet time to think about your self, the perfect evening!

5 Pillars of Happiness

Go online and check for personal development methods, read books and magazines about happiness or positive psychology, get in tune with the flavor of the months, happiness secrets and concepts all revolved around five core concepts:
  1. LIVE: Stay fit & healthy
  2. ENJOY: Experience positive emotions
  3. CREATE: Develop your talents & expertise
  4. EXPLORE: Go social & discover the world
  5. SHAPE YOUR LIFE: Shape a passionate & meaningful life
These five pillars form provides a common framework for the natural development of the overall vision, planning and tracking of our activities to shape a more meaningful life and maximize happiness throughout our entire days, weeks, months and years.
This framework has been designed to comply with the following design principles:
  • The 100% rule: this means that 100% of the activities, tools and methods to achieve the goal of living a meaningful life are covered in one of the five pillars.
  •  Mutually exclusive elements: in addition to the 100% rule, it is important that there is no overlap in scope definition between the different pillars. The goal there is to remove any ambiguity which could result in duplicated activities or misunderstanding.
Check www.authentic-happiness.com for more.

Is Positive Psychology the new secret recipe for a long and happy life?

It is true that a meta-analysis of 35 studies conducted by Yoichi Chida and Andrew Steptoe concluded that “Positive Psychology well being was associated with reduced mortality in both healthy and disease population (Psychomatic Medicine, Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine, July-August 2013). This being said, the key learning from positive psychology practice are often advertised as a “secret recipe” instead of what they really are, a set of science-based observations, models, techniques and tools to make our life more fulfilling.

Personal development studies over the past decades  and centuries have already analyzed and reanalyzed this same subject.
What do they have in common with the more recent field of Positive Psychology? There are five recurrent themes at the intersection of these theories and models: let’s called them the “five pillars of happiness”:

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    PILLAR #1 STAY FIT & HEALTHY: sleep well, switch to a healthy lifestyle and nutrition, boost your immune system, …
  • PILLAR #2 EXPERIENCE POSITIVE EMOTIONS: monitor your stress level, meditate, build up your self esteem, unleash the power of gratitude, …
  • PILLAR #3 DEVELOP YOUR TALENTS & STRENGTHS: manage your time effectively, "Flow" through the week, mentor your peers, …
  • PILLAR #4 IMPROVE YOUR SOCIAL & COMMUNICATION SKILLS: tell your story, develop your personal brand, communicate with style
  • PILLAR #5 LEAD A PASSIONATE & MEANINGFUL LIFE: learn from positive psychology and improve your well-being?, define your vision of a meaningful life

This all makes sense and seems so easy, but where to start? Life is an adventure, get at it one step at a time. Start by clicking on www.authentic-happiness.com, evaluate your strengths in each pillar (free questionnaire), learn every day from the free 10 minute modules and build your personal action plan to fill your life with authentic happiness, one step at a time. Yes, it is that simple!

Clara Novy is a active blog contributor and founder of the non-for-profit web platform www.authentic-happiness.com.

www.authentic-happiness.com is a free learning and personal development platform dedicated to help you fill your life with Authentic Happiness by discovering your strengths & exploring how to 1. Stay healthy & in shape, 2. Live a positive life, 3. Develop your talents, 4. Improve your social skills and 5. Lead a meaningful life.