Last year, attending a Training Network complimentary Webinar led by Shawn Achor, I began following his social media sources, including the Training Magazine’s mailing list. As a result, I received an email with an offer to try a happiness experiment and decided to give it a try.
Prior to beginning the experiment I took a survey answering many questions, and I can honestly say, I was not in the most positive head-space. I was trying to find a new path and new opportunities and things were not going very well. I had nothing to lose by taking a few minutes of my evening for 14 days.
In order to keep myself on track, I decided to use my Facebook page. I figured, if my friends saw this, it might keep me honest and committed. The first few days were quite hard to think of 3 things that weren’t food, clothing, hubby. But, I stuck with it and after a few days, I was tucking away experiences that I could put on my daily gratitudes. And… to my surprise, my attitude started to get better. Things that would make me cry or angry, didn’t have as much impact on my emotions. It isn’t to say, I don’t have bad days or overreactions; I am simply saying I had a longer fuse.
When I finished the 14 days I shared my thoughts on my Facebook page and I took the closing quiz. I was so impressed by the results, I even emailed Shawn Achor my feedback. What struck me was, that I was not only more happy and able to manage the bumps in the daily road, I received some amazing feedback from people who read my posts. They said, they really appreciated reading them and hoped I would keep going. I have. Each night, before I close down the computer, I write down gratitudes. Some days the gratitudes are small and simple and others I have those really special moments that let me know this world isn’t as bad as the news portrays.
Anyhow, I am sticking with it and, for that, I am grateful.