April 24th 2015
There’s a lot of interesting information coming from the world of Positive Psychology. This is the arm of psych which looks at what makes us happy instead of what makes us sick. Turns out the more we make, the more education we have, the unhappier we get and cities, Toronto in particular, are sadness centres. It’s ‘sad’ to be told your hometown is sad (or, as my wife asserts, “grumpy”) but the good news is that happiness is a muscle you can strengthen like a bicep curl. Being grateful, showing gratitude, being polite, being positive is both corny and, OK don’t sneer, really transformational. Happiness is a choice. You can learn optimism, compassion and gratitude. Don’t believe me? Hey, it was on the National, so there (see link above). Combined with other sneer inducing research on the science of happiness from books like “How Full is Your Bucket” and I decided to give it a try. Now, I would self-describe as a worrier. I feel the book “Only the Paranoid Survive” was written for me. So I am not naturally optimistic about the world around me. It’s not my natural ground zero. So it’s a bit of a stretch, sneers aside, to scan that same landscape for things that are ‘wonderful’. It’s not exactly like work but it certainly is, as Sean Achor a Harvard researcher says, “a decision”.
I’ll let you know how it goes 😉
Thank you so much for reading!
Have a good weekend,