There was a great article in the Star Tribune about Dr. Amit Sood from the Mayo Clinic and the book he has written about building happiness habits. This was a very good read and it’s great to see others in a similar field getting recognition for helping to push this pursuit forward.
Another neat thing about the article is that they mention Project Happiness and the documentary that the organization has made. Seeing these mentions pop up all over the place and how the work Project Happiness has done helping to influence or inspire others is tremendous to see and makes me very proud of what we have been able to accomplish so far.
The book that Dr. Sood has written is focusing on taking four main steps towards happiness and focusing on building up happiness as a habit as opposed to an elusive goal. Here are the four steps as he sees them:
- Train your attention. This means that you should take more time to focus on being present and noticing smaller things that can still bring us a lot of joy. As we get older our brains get more and more focused on other things and we lose this sense of wonder and joy. Making it a habit to fight this will go a long way.
- Establish some emotional resistance. Things like gratitude, compassion, acceptance, meaning, and forgiveness are all crucial here. When you have gotten comfortable with these you will be able to handle more and not be thrown off by the challenges of the day.
- Begin a mind body practice like yoga, meditation, reading, or Tai Chi. These are all things that help relax the mind and hone your focus which will help you stick to the habits you are trying to develop.
- Commit to being healthy. Eat healthy food and make sure to appreciate and savor what you eat. This ties in with appreciation and taking care of your body at the same time. Exercise as well and take the time to enjoy the exertion and the benefits it will bring you.
As you can see, there are a lot of similarities here to the recommendations that Project Happiness has for their happiness steps and habits. It’s great to see another person committed to this and seeing similarities in how they think means we are on to something!
Here’s a link to the article if you want to check it out.