At the recent National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization Conference, I learned from Dr. Wanda Bethea (www.drbethea.com) about the important of happiness.
Happy people live longer, are more creative, generous, productive at work, in better health, and have higher income!
Dr. Bethea shared the value of positive psychology, including the study of people living an engaged, meaningful and pleasant life. Dr Bethea’s introductions of several rating scales for happiness intrigued me in that adding a measurement tool for happiness made us even more aware of how important this emotion is to daily living. Every day we face stressors, but are we generally happy? Take the test and see. www.positivityratio.com.
If you found your score deficient, here are some ideas shared by Dr. Bethea to elevate your score.
Write down 3 good things each evening. Keeping a gratitude journal makes a difference.
Write a letter of gratitude to share on the phone or in person with the recipient.
Write about your future as if all had gone the best possible way, seeing the best possible future for yourself.
Identify your character strengths and cultivate one of them in five ways during a week.
Create a vision board for happiness, what makes you happy, brings a smile to you face, and bring inner joy.
Some of my ideas….
Surround yourself with optimistic people.
Find a quote you love or a silly saying to post on your mirror where you dress each morning.
Do for others. Nurture optimism in those around you by celebrating a birthday, bringing a surprise, or taking a cupcake to them.
Bring out the best strengths in others with affirmations. Celebrate the small quiet kindnesses in our world.
So what is the happiness and organizing connection? For me it is about being and feeling your best, living a meaningful and productive life. And that is what organizing adds to in everyone’s life. Happiness is the global result of organizing. Share with me your steps to greater happiness!