Friday March 20, 2015 is International Happiness day, organized and celebrated by 193 countries of the United Nations. Everyday we turn on the radio, TV or check the latest headlines on our phone to be greeted by wave upon wave of bad news. Life’s many obstacles and trials often distractfrom the things right in front of us that could and should make us happy. We spend everyday trying to make life better for us and those around us and forget to actually enjoy the better life we are creating.
A 2010 study by Aaker, Jennifer and Rudd, Melanie and Mogilner, Cassie entitled “If Money Doesn’t Make You Happy, Consider Time,” identified several habits that improve happiness by the smart use of time instead of focusing on material wealth:
1: Spend time with the right people – spend your time with people that return your kindness, reflect your values and challenge you to be a better person day after day!
2: Spend time on the right activities – doing kindnesses, hobbies that you enjoy, learn a new skill, studying and doing what makes you happy!
3: Enjoy the experience without spending time – if you were to think about an experience you’ve had that made you happy and try to recall it with as much detail as you can, you brain will actually begin to respond as if you are actually having the experience again.
4: Expand your time – time, unlike money, has a hard limit; no one can have more than 24 hours in a day and no one can have less. How do you make more time out of a finite supply? Focus on the here and now. Current research suggest that keeping yourself focused on the current moment can slow down the perceived passage of time and allow for a more rich and less rushed experience.
5: Remember that happiness changes over time – what makes you happy now may not be what makes you happy for the rest of your life. As you grow and age, your focus will shift as well – don’t let your happiness fall behind your changing tastes: follow the happiness!
GCI Murfreesboro Campus has a week full of happiness inducing activities and events. The march towards the International Day of Happiness has begun and we sincerely hope you are (or soon will be) ready to join the parade!
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Source: Aaker, Jennifer and Rudd, Melanie and Mogilner, Cassie, If Money Doesn't Make You Happy, Consider Time (November 10, 2010). Journal of Consumer Psychology, 2011. Available at SSRN:http://ssrn.com/abstract=1706968 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1706968