Back-to-“School”: Happiness Habits RecapSeptember 6 , 2012

Your summer adventures are over.  The kids are back at school.  That partial slow-down at work due to vacation schedules is done.  You’ve got goals you want to achieve before the end of the year and there aren’t any excuses left to not get started.

If you’ve been keeping up with this newsletter over the summer, you’ve been introduced to 5 scientifically-proven life habits to increase the amount of happiness you feel.  Not only will these habits help you feel good more of the time, they will usher in a whole host of amazing benefits including higher productivity, more success, stronger relationships, better health and even higher levels of income.

To recap the 5 habits:

Here’s the best part: four of these habits take less than 5 minutes per day to implement, so you can manage them even in the throes of returning to an intense fall schedule.  In fact, a new habit is more likely to stick within your regular schedule.  (While the fifth habit — regular exercise — does take more than the 5 minutes, you already know the benefits of this habit in so many other areas of your life that it’s worth taking the time to focus on it.)  If you are interested in being happier (and experiencing these benefits), THIS MONTH is a great time to try integrating one of these habits into your life.

You’ll notice that I keep using the word “habit.”  Not “one-time magic bullet” or “every once in a while, when-you-feel-like-it activity.” The key to these tactics working is to make them a habit — something you do every day (or on a regular schedule).  Something that is difficult to skip, that makes your world feel weird if you forget, like brushing your teeth or putting on your seatbelt (I hope those are both habits!).

Forming habits is a discipline and (no surprise!) there’s a bunch of good research on how to form a strong habit.  Over the next two weeks, I’ll be sharing specific strategies for how to form a new, healthy habit — stay tuned

Eric Karpinski
The Happiness Coach

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