Happiness Hack – Do Gooder ‘n Feel Gooder

Twelve months of Happiness Hacks are in a 2019 calendar (wait for a 50% off coupon to buy it – we did!

For this “hack” get yourself a mouse.

When you do something for someone else, the act in itself makes you feel good.

Even watching someone else do a good deed will lift your mood.

I know I feel good whenever I do or say something nice to someone else.  When I worked in an outpatient psychiatric program I decided to see if this would hold true for the patients in my group.  Luckily for me they were open to test this out. We talked about different ways of doing something kind for themselves and others.  

On the first day patients spent an hour doing something  nice for themselves and all self-reported feeling good. The second day they spent an hour doing something kind for someone else. All of them said they felt even better doing something kind for someone else than doing something nice for themselves.   

Not only feeling emotionally better research shows that when we engage in good deeds, our stress is reduced.

It is quick an easy to try this out yourself.

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This Happiness “Hack” works like a Charm

Your brain can not tell the difference between what you imagine and what is actually happening.  Use it to your happiness advantage!

Remember a time you felt happy:

  • Recall what you looked like, the sights, sounds, scents, colors and how you felt. If a time doesn’t come to mind pretend you are someone else and daydream. Your brain can’t tell the difference!

  • Find an object, picture or trinket that represents or symbolizes that time. If you don’t already have a souvenir keep your eyes open for something that helps you recall that time & place.

  • Carry your object in your pocket, put it on your desk, hang it on the wall.

Your “charm” will help you reconnect with and trigger happy feelings.

Check out other Happiness Hacks.  Eventually we’ll put them all together in a booklet for you.

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A Happiness Hack you already do – BREATHE