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A Quick Pick Me Up!

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Martin Seligman, a known happiness researcher, stated that, “other people are the best antidote to the downs of life and the single most reliable up” (Flourish, 2011, p. 20). Research shows that one of the fastest ways to feel a burst of happiness is by doing an act of kindness for someone else.

Here is a challenge for you!

In the next week, find one wholly unexpected, kind thing to do for someone and do it! It can be someone you know, or a complete stranger. Please comment on our Facebook page and share what you did and how it felt. This way we can get  ideas from each other and share in the fun that is random acts of kindness.

For my random act of kindness I decided to take cookies to my widowed neighbor that I do not know very well. It completely made her day. It was amazing to see how grateful she was just to have a visitor, the cookies were not even necessary. Not only did it make me feel great to make someone else feel good, but I also created another positive relationship in my life which always ends up benefitting me in the long run.

Take the challenge and see how amazing you feel. It can be something as simple as saying hi to the coworker that you normally don’t talk to, or something more extravagant. Either way, I promise it will be one the quickest pick-me-ups you can find.

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Can Too Much Happiness Make You UNhappy?: KSL News


You may be surprised to learn that “moderation in all things” applies to moods, too. June Gruber, a professor of psychology at Yale University compares happiness to food. We need it, but too much of it can cause problems. While happiness is associated with a stronger immune response, longer life, and ability to endure painful experiences, it also has a dark side. I was recently interviewed on KSL morning news about this interesting twist on happiness.
KSL AM news interview originally posted here

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