An Experiment on Happiness

I recently listened to this really awesome NPR podcast from old Ted Talk videos, it was about the Secret to Happiness. One of the speakers, Matt Killingsworth was speaking about the topic of Staying in the Moment To Be Happier . He encouraged listeners to be part of his experimental app, where it will Track Your Happiness on a daily basis. So I decided to hop on the band wagon and join in on this scientific experiment.

For the past 3 months, I’ve been tracking my happiness. The question was how?

It works like this, you sign up and download the app. Answer a few questions, and before you know it..you’re receiving updates on your phone at random times throughout the day, asking you the level of your happiness. You answer a few questions like..where are you, what are you doing, how happy are you, and who are you with?  The questions are easy and simple. But the data that results from all the questions is the real kicker. You get to see graphs and charts on what makes you happy, and you get to track your happiness. My results told me, that I tend to be my happiest self when I’m with family and friends, whether it’s listening to music, or just watching tv. I’m happier when I’m around people.

However, I will warn you..my results are a bit skewed. I haven’t been answering the questions every day, and sometimes answering the questions depends on what kind of mood I’m in. But lately I’ve noticed that I’ve been chasing happiness, but always wanting more. I caught myself thinking one day…”If I buy this, it’ll make me happy, or if I lose 5 lb’s I’ll be happy.” I got caught into the thinking, that what I have now isn’t good enough, and I found myself being ungrateful for the things that I do have. Ungratefulness, has been stealing my happiness. So I’ve decided to steal back my happiness.

“Be thankful for what you have, you’ll end up having more. Concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”    – Oprah Winfrey 

I read this article that suggested, each morning when you wake up, write down everything on your mind, everything you grateful for, everything you’re dealing with. Just write it all out. They call it: “Morning Pages”. Basically the point of the journal, is to write down all the positive things in your life. So I’m going to start doing that, I’m going to start keeping a gratitude journal of all the things I’m grateful for, and the little things that make me happy throughout the day. My life can be crazy busy, but that shouldn’t mean I stop being grateful for what I have. I think it’ll be a great project to look back on 10 years from now, and really reflect on. And I’m really excited to see how this experiment will affect my happiness.

What are you grateful for?

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