The Happiness Project – Gretchen Rubin

The Happiness Project – Gretchen Rubin
What determines a person’s level of happiness:
•Genetics accounts for 50%
•Income, ethnicity, and health account for another 15% and
•The remaining 35% is a product of how the person thinks and acts.

How do you maximize that 35%? A good place to start is my Top 12 Takeaways from Gretchen Rubin’s “The Happiness Project”.

Make your own kind of fun. Do things enjoy!

Trying new things is nice, but remember to be true to yourself. You can’t force yourself to love things that are not you.

Splurge on your health

It is money well spent if it boosts your mental and physical well-being. An example of this spend big on your bed and bedding. I am a huge fan of the Hush Blanket. A good night sleep is worth every penny.

Improve the relationships that matter most

When selecting a relationship to focus on, pick one central to your life, like your marriage or your relationship with your parents and children. Remember that you can’t change other people; you can only change yourself. If your spouse does something that is annoying. You will get more bang for your buck working on developing coping strategies than trying to change them.

Find a job or profession that you are passionate about

We spend so much of our lives working. Find something you enjoy and that makes you want to get up in the morning.

Develop deep friendships

Make an effort to stay in close contact with the friends closest to you. Remember birthdays, offer favors and avoid gossip.

Water off a duck’s back

In other words, lighten up, don’t sweat the small stuff, and take fun seriously.

Cultivate your spirituality and embrace gratitude

Studies show that people who are more spiritual live longer, are healthier, and deal better with stress. Become “More Grateful” keeping a gratitude journal is a great place to start.

Pursue your passions

Spend time doing things you are passionate about.  If you’ve always wanted to write a book, spend the time do it! Set aside time to do the things that excite you.

Practice Mindfulness

Mediation is a great way to slow down life.  But you can be mindful throughout the day when talking on the phone, interacting with a stranger, or brushing your teeth.  Enjoy the process!

Toss, Restore, Organize

Decluttering is a terrific way to make yourself more creative and a great way to practice self-care. Be on the lookout for ‘buyers remorse clutter’ just because you bought something doesn’t mean you should keep it

Find more fun time

Take time to be silly. People who have fun are 20 times to feel happier.

Do good, feel good!

Academy award winner Denzil Washington hit the nail on the head with his famous quote.  “The most selfish thing you can do in this world is to help someone else. The good feeling that I get from helping others; nothing’s better than that.”
Author Bio
Lorne Marr
Lorne Marr

My passion for fitness began in 1981, when my father, Larry Marr, bought me my first Weider weight set.

Hearing the clanking of those weights and, more importantly, wanting to get buff to impress my buddies, created an obsession that has lasted a lifetime.  Staying active and following a health minded diet and lifestyle has allowed me to live a more productive, happier and overall better quality of life.

There have been some hurdles along the way.  When I hit 45 injuries starting piling up and made working out and playing sports more challenging. So I took a step back and reexamine my training and diet. I reached out to a host of experts within my Fitness community on how to maximize performance and optimize my health and hence the genius of FitAfter45.
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