This season, there are three choices that will automatically elevate your happiness level. The added good news is that when you make them, not only do you elevate your own happiness, but you will also lift others. You can give the gift that keeps on giving without spending a dime!
Here are three choices that are sure to boost your spirits:
It is normal for humans to notice everything that isn’t working. Social scientists call this “the negativity bias”. However, the more you focus on something, the more you find it, which means negativity just breeds more of the same. When you notice your own negativity and choose instead to look at people and things appreciatively, you will see them differently, but more importantly, you will feel different! Look before you leap into negative thinking or conversation.
Let your pain fuel your passion. Your burdens can be a bummer, or they can help you understand and lift others who are faced with similar difficulties. They can give you compassion and open doors to authentic connection. When you look to serve others who are struggling, you will automatically lift your own spirits – and theirs!
Activate genuine curiosity instead of judgment. If you’re like most people, you spend an inordinate amount of time judging others as well as yourself. When you choose to be a No Judgment Zone, however, your energy is automatically amplified because you have removed the biggest barrier to positive flow in your life – judgment of yourself and others. Replacing it with genuine curiosity and listening to understand only further ignites your energy and theirs.
Three simple choices and you are on your way to a truly happy holiday season! Do more than wish someone “happy holidays” – bring them happiness by first choosing it for yourself.