Attendees at Adam Mintz's presentation on March 11, The Pursuit of Happiness, How Embracing Positivity Can Change Your Life appreciated his advice and tips.
His tips to maximize your happiness were:
To borrow and tweak a saying from Gandhi, “BE the positive attitude you wish to see”.
• Listen to yourself. Are you the negative voice in your family, workplace, relationship? Do you see the world and your life circumstances as half empty? Try an alternative:
• Avoid criticizing yourself. Instead of putting yourself down, pick yourself up. Find a gentler and more helpful approach to your situation.
• Remember, you are in control of your reality. You have the ability to positively reframe any situation.
• Explore opportunities to socialize and connect with community.
• Pay it forward. Encourage and compliment others daily. Contribute to a charity, or better yet get directly involved with one.
• Rewire your brain. Remember Have – Enrich – Absorb – Link
• Practice an attitude of gratitude. Keep a journal for at least 21 days.
• Laugh, play, create and savor.
• Choose a “Positivity Mantra”
• Smile, it’s infectious.
He also shared some resources:
• 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People, David Niven, 2006
• Authentic Happiness, Martin Seligman, 2002
• Gratitude Works!, Robert Emmons, 2013
• Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin , 2009
• Hardwiring Happiness, Richard Hanson, 2013
• The How of Happiness, Sonja Lyubomirsky, 2008
• Power of Positive Thinking, Norman Vincent Peale, 1996
• Shift Happens, Robert Holden, 2000
• University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center of Authentic Happiness, www.authentichappiness.sas.upenn.edu