Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Patrick Glass's update to his Happiness Acronym


HAPPINESS-WELLBEING ACRONYM – 'SMALROCK MEN FC!'

Adapted from Lord Richard Layard, the economist, William James (Habit), Maslow (Self-Actualisation), Csikszentmihalyi (Flow), and Seligman (PERMA, founder of positive psychology in 1998), and others, there are broadly TWENTY ESSENTIAL ASPECTS to personal wellbeing/happiness (in LARGE CAPITALS)  

SUPPORT: MUSIC, ART, LAUGHTER, LONGEVITY…

– RELATIONSHIPS – Keep in good repair. Be RESILIENT

O – OTHERS – Think of doing things for others, not yourself

– COUNT your blessings.  Everyday count three things that

you've done that are worthwhile (before going to

sleep)

– 'KNOW thyself: to find yourself, think for yourself' (Socrates).  Find what your really LOVE doing – don't stop until you have (Steve Jobs) - somethingWORTHWHILE

 

– MEANING, Values & GOALSMatter.  Most crucially it's yourATTITUDE that matters: nothing more – nothing less.

– EXERCISE.  Regularly exercise, thirty minutes a day, and you'll feel a lot better for it  

– NEW.  Do something new everyday –an anti-habit trains the will (James) - something that is RISKY too!

 

FLOW.  Be completely committed and focussed on what you're doing – whatever it is, get into the ZONE (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi [pronounced 'MEE-hy CHEEK-sent-ma-HY-ee]). And FINISHthings.  There is nothing more satisfying than actually finishing things – preferably before time.

– CONTROL.  People are more successful, and live longer, when they feel they are in control of their lives (Marmot).

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