Learning About Happiness

Interesting new insights about happiness are fun and free to explore in an online course from Yale —  https://www.coursera.org/learn/the-science-of-well-being. Includes a series of challenges designed to increase your own happiness. More than two million people are already enrolled in this course which is available whenever you are.

Upon completion, participants are encouraged to choose one area to focus on. I chose savoring.  It’s all about luxuriating in the moments, such as tasting a perfectly grilled burger, noticing fragrant lilacs, or remembering a walk on a sandy beach. After sharing my intent to savor with my family, I was pleasantly surprised when my brother mentioned how he was savoring his first golf game of the season. Then my daughter said she savored the buttery popcorn while watching an old movie. Simple reminders that we are happy.

There’s also a Facebook discussion group for those who want to see how others have …
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Boosting Your Well-Being In A Big Way

Nothing beats human kindness and compassion to lift your spirits. While self-care is important, other-care can boost your well-being in a big way.

To increase your happiness, consider ideas like these:

  • Arrange for a local restaurant to deliver pizzas to a domestic abuse shelter
  • Send a variety of snacks to a homeless shelter
  • Email positive messages to an elderly assisted center
  • Send “The Book of Joy” to someone struggling with job loss or isolation
  • Make brownies and drop them on a neighbor’s doorstep
  • Check the list of needs at a local family shelter
  • Thank your spouse or partner for ____________ (you fill in the blank)

While funds are scarce for some, others can use their dollars saved from buying less gas or the cups of good coffee that are temporarily out of reach.  If you have a time windfall, use it to increase your happiness. Experience an act of generosity …
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What Will You Remember?

Twenty years from now, someone is going to ask, what do you remember about 2020?  Will it be the only time in your life when you had too much time?  Or will you recall the unlikely people who became your heroes?

The people we lost won’t be forgotten and the unique challenges will probably last a lifetime.  But we may not remember the things we say and do today which we think we will never forget. Might be nice in 2040 if we can find that file we saved to share with future generations.

Keep scattering kindness…


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What A Wonderful World!

I often wished we could hear about all the good things people did every day while watching the news, and now it has happened!  Fantastic to see things like a doctor singing for his patients or a police officer dancing in the street.

Cashiers in grocery stores are thanked by every customer just for being there.  And if anyone finds out you’re a paramedic, you are automatically their hero.

Seems like people everywhere are looking for ways to scatter kindness every day.  What a wonderful world!

 

 

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Today’s Tip: Smile

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WORDS

Today is a time when we can use words to remind our contacts how much they mean to us. We may not be able to shake their hand, join them for coffee or at a ballgame. But that doesn’t lessen the value we place on them.

If feeling at all isolated or overwhelmed with being confined to limited spaces, a few kind words might be the highlight of someone’s day.

Thinking of you!

 

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Kindergarteners Show How To Be Kind

I asked kindergarteners today what it means to be kind, and it didn’t take long for them to give examples of what they will be doing to scatter kindness.

 

                                       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kind People

Who is the kindest person you know?

Imagine how they will feel when you tell them they are the kindnest person you know.

 

 

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Valentine’s Day Kindness Challenge

We often remember our spouses, kids, or special friends on Valentine’s Day. But how about reaching folks who may not know what it’s like to feel special?

Keep it simple. Pick up a bag of little chocolate hearts and put them in your pocket.  Whether you are at school, work, or out for a walk, look for someone whose holiday you can brighten by simply saying “Here’s a little treat for you, and have a Happy Valentine’s Day!” Or drop one on a co-workers desk, in a caretaker’s pocket or a homeless person’s hand.

Let’s see in how many places we can scatter some Valentine kindness.

 

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Replacing Homework with Acts of Kindness

A school in Ireland is teaching kids some important lessons by replacing homework with random acts of kindness for one month.

On Mondays, the students are asked to reach out to an elderly individual and communicate with them. Tuesdays, the kids are tasked with making a family member’s life easier by taking over a chore or helping without being asked. Wednesdays are for random acts of kindness of any kind. Thursdays are for doing something for themselves to take care of their own mental and physical well-being. They  keep track of their kind deeds in a Kindness Diary which can be entered in written or pictorial form and then signed by their parents.

The school also set up a Kindness Bucket where students write down positive observations to boost their fellow classmates’ esteem. On Friday mornings, a teacher randomly selects a handful of notes and reads them out loud.

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