August 19, 2013

Happiness and Fit

Sonia Lyubomirsky reassures us in The How of Happiness that there are as many ways to get happy as there are to get unhappy.  But not all ways are equally effective for everyone.  One of your friends might be thrilled with how productive she was at work today, while your other friend is still jazzed about ditching work for the beach.  How do you figure out what might work for you?  The author encourages us to take three things into account:

  1. What is the source of your unhappiness?  Do you compare yourself to others, hold onto grudges, feel unaccomplished?
  2. What are your strengths?  Are you focused on achieving?  Creating? Connecting with others?
  3. What is your lifestyle?  Do you have the time to put into the more labor-intensive behaviors, or do you need to do something on- the-go?  Should your efforts be focused on work, relationships, leisure time?

There is a lengthy assessment in the How of Happiness that helps you determine which behaviors might work best for you based on those three things.  Coming up: specific behaviors we can engage in intentionally to increase our happiness set point.


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