Lori, my Zen Master and a bubbling brook of knowledge and wisdom, shared this FastCompany article titled: 10 Simple Science Backed Ways to Be Happier Today. I reflected on it for a few days. Here’s my conclusions and scorecard:
- FC: EXERCISE MORE–7 MINUTES MIGHT BE ENOUGH. (DK: Yes, to Exercise more. No, to 7 minutes being enough. Come on. 7 minutes would imply lazy, quitter, lacking and absolutely nothing. Period. Full stop.)
- FC: SLEEP MORE–YOU’LL BE LESS SENSITIVE TO NEGATIVE EMOTIONS. (DK: Completely agree. Horrible in actual execution.)
- FC: MOVE CLOSER TO WORK–A SHORT COMMUTE IS WORTH MORE THAN A BIG HOUSE (DK: I’m all in on this one. A BUYER.)
- FC: SPEND TIME WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY–DON’T REGRET IT ON YOUR DEATHBED (DK: Hmmmm. Introverts? Solitude? Thoreau? Let’s define what we mean by “time.”)
- FC: GO OUTSIDE–HAPPINESS IS MAXIMIZED AT 13.9°C (DK: Half way there. All-in on outdoors. Happiness cannot be maximized @ 57° F. Give me Heat. Implementation at 50%)
- FC: HELP OTHERS–100 HOURS A YEAR IS THE MAGICAL NUMBER (DK: Fully agree on helping others. Swallowed hard at 100 hours. I need clarification on how “helping” is defined.)
- FC: PRACTICE SMILING–IT CAN ALLEVIATE PAIN. (DK: Hmmmm. My knee aches whether I freeze a grin or not. Partial believer. Implementation needs remediation.)
- FC: PLAN A TRIP–BUT DON’T TAKE ONE. (DK: Really? Not a chance. Disagree on planning and fully disagree on not taking one. Flawed research.)
- FC: MEDITATE–REWIRE YOUR BRAIN FOR HAPPINESS. (DK: A buyer on research. A zero on execution.)
- FC: PRACTICE GRATITUDE–INCREASE BOTH HAPPINESS AND LIFE SATISFACTION. (DK: The Power Ball Lotto secret. I’m all-in on this one. Packs the most punch in my opinion. 75% on execution.)
- Level of my belief in FastCompany’s Top Ten: 6.5 out of 10. (55%). No doubt this research is somewhat flawed.
- Level of my execution on FastCompany’s Top Ten that I believe to be True: 5.0 out of 6.5. (77%) I’m almost floating in bliss!
- Level of my execution on FC’s Top Ten: 3.5 out of 10. (Lightbulb flashing over my head. Note to self: Hmmmmm. So, this is why Zen Master shared this article with me.)
Then the mind drifted to the last seed of wisdom Lori planted with me in March. It was a book written by Douglas Rushkoff titled Present Shock – When Everything Happens Now. Here’s a few nuggets from the NY Times Book Review:
- He calls it digiphrenia — digitally provoked mental chaos
- We are stuck with “a diminishment of everything that isn’t happening right now — and the onslaught of everything that supposedly is.”How do we shield ourselves from distraction, or gravitate to what really matters?
- Whatever is vibrating on the iPhone just isn’t as valuable as the eye contact you are making right now
- Your new boss isn’t the person in the corner office; it’s the P.D.A. in your pocket.
And there you have it. The Problem. The Answers. All in < 500 words.
Acknowledging addiction Is the first step to…bliss?!