Thursday, 27 October 2011

Happiness Acronym from Richard Glass

Adapted from Lord Layard, economist. Following on the work of Martin Seligman (founder of positive psychology in 1998), Layard summed up personal wellbeing/happiness into nine areas. These can be closely monitored.
R Relationships – keep these in good repair
OOthers – think of doing things for others, not yourself
C Count your blessings. Everyday count three things that you’ve done that are worthwhile (before going to sleep)
K - ‘Know thyself: to find yourself, think for yourself’ (Socrates). Find what your really LOVE doing and don’t stop until you have (Steve Jobs). (see FLOW)

M Meaning and Values Matter. Most crucially it’s your Attitude that matters: nothing more – nothing less.
E Exercise. Regularly exercise and you’ll feel a lot better for it.
N New. Do something new everyday. Preferably something that is Risky too!

F 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 FINISH things. There is nothing more satisfying than actually finishing things – preferably before time.
C Control. People are more successful, and live longer, when they feel they are in control of their lives.

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