I’ve just finished reading Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment by Martin Seligman. He reports on recent scientific studies that point to what make people happiest and there were a few interesting revelations to me.
Everyone comes pre-programmed with a set range of happiness that they are capable of. However, there are things you can do to live more consistently at the upper end of that set range. One of the things you can do is enjoy “flow” activities. Have you ever started something and you became so engrossed in what you were doing all sense of time went away? That’s called “flow”. Hobbyist, crafters, those who play sports, artists and readers, to just name a few, often have this feeling. High-flow people tend to be much happier than low-flow people.
Another thing you can do is align your life, including your work life, around your greatest strengths. You can decide for yourself what you greatest strengths are or you can take a quiz at http://www.authentichappiness.sas.upenn.edu/Default.aspx where you can take the VIA Survey of Character Strengths (look down the center blue column).
My top strengths are:
1. Love of learning
2. Curiosity and interest in the world
3. Industry, diligence and persistence
4. Caution, prudence and discretion
5. Judgment, critical-thinking and open mindedness
I’m working on trying to leverage and use these strengths in all aspects of my life.
Honestly, this article does not relate directly to small business marketing but, I find this fascinating so I offer it up for you personally and professionally.
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