How to Be Happier in a Minute
Do you have a minute to be happier? How about four? If so (and let’s face it, everyone can squeeze in less than five extra minutes of anything!), then you could raise your energy with quick, simple techniques that boost happiness.
The secret to being happier is a series of “mini-energizers” which can be used to awaken gratitude, refresh your perspective, and gain a deeper sense of connectedness in your career and life. These mini energizers are so effective because they can be applied to your daily routine so that you can continually receive their benefits.
Why Just a Minute?
The Happy Habits Method is a new breakthrough approach to being happier. It is based on proven happiness techniques and a scientific habit creation formula from Stanford University’s BJ Fogg. 98% of the people who try Happy Habits have had success with this method because it requires only 4 minutes a day to a boost your happiness. Happy Habits works because you are shifting small habits you do daily onauto-pilot to energy-raising habits that give you a more positive mindset throughout the day. To adopt Happy Habits, simply complete three mini-energizers, each lasting one-minute, and then when you’re finished, you spend an additional minute on tracking your success. A minute may not seem like a long time – and it’s not – but it’s just the right amount to refocus and complete a brief, habit-oriented activity that will have benefits that reach far beyond the one-minute timeframe.
Habits for Every Time of the Day
The Happy Habits Program lasts 8 weeks, and as it progresses, participants pick up habits that begin upon waking and end before bedtime. You’ll be able to pick the habits that resonate most with you, and you can also choose to retain the habits that are most beneficial to you at any given point in the day. Your new, healthy and happy habits will be associated with your pre-existing actions – whether that’s brushing your teeth, waiting for your computer to boot up at work, or taking your evening commute – so that incorporating them into your daily routine is seamless and easy.
Can You Really Shift Your Mood in a Minute?
One of the biggest misconceptions about pursuing happiness is that there’s something you need that you don’t yet have, and once you obtain that thing, you’ll become happier. I’ve found that to be untrue; in fact, we already have everything we need to achieve happiness within us. It’s just a matter of making the choice to pursue happiness.
With that being said, it’s easy to get caught up in work-related issues and day-to-day stress. The easiest way to return to happiness (which, by the way, is our natural state – children are born naturally happy) is to take a minute-long refresh. You can even replace some of your unhealthy or bad habits and replace them with more positive ones with no added effort whatsoever. By making the choice to pursue minute-long beneficial activities (some of which include brightening your afternoon, getting more organized, and achieving your most important priority – I explain how in Happy Habits: Energize Your Career and Life in 4 Minutes a Day), you’ll take a natural, effective approach to being happier.
So, yes – the answer is that you can most definitely shift your mood for the better using a one-minute energizer. And if you have just four minutes a day, you can start raising your energy levels and achieving a greater, more profound state of happiness now.