How to be Happy

October 9, 2012

I recently had the pleasure of seeing a TedX video of Psychologist, Shawn Anchor and he talks about how to be happy. We’ve been indoctrinated to work hard to be happy. We’ve been taught that success brings happiness, but Shawn Anchor has found that this formula is broken, and backward.

Be happy first. Then you’ll be successful. Sounds better, and a bit more logical, right?

Our whole premise at DreamBigLiveHappy is to support you in your endeavor to BE HAPPY!

Watch the video, and then make a commitment to begin an official 21-Day Happiness Challenge.

Here’s how: Each category will be an integral part of each day of the challenge. Some of you are skeptics. And that’s okay. If even you can be open to the possibility that it might work, and you can commit to at least coming up with 3 things you’re grateful for on a daily basis, you’ll feel a change. The change will be bigger if you can do all of them. Read each one, and decide if you can do them.

I’ll show you how these don’t have to take a lot of time out of your day. Many of these tasks can be combined for people who don’t have a lot of time. You can take minimum 5-15 minutes total each day to complete all of these! That’s totally do-able, even for you powerhouse workers out there!

3 Gratitudes

The things you are grateful for don’t have to be big and fancy. A person could be homeless, broke, live in a box and still have things to be grateful for, even if it’s something simple like birds singing, a box to sleep in, and the generosity of others – even if the generosity doesn’t come from everyone. Can be combined with Journaling, Meditation, or Exercise.


Journaling can be as simple as writing the date and a single word about how you feel. You can say what exercises you did for today. It can describe your gratitudes, or what RAoK (Random Act of Kindness) you did. This is a great way to track the emotional space you are in each day. And it’s also a great way to see your progress, or where you might make a change. Can combine with Gratitudes and Meditation.


Exercise can be as simple as taking a brisk walk around your office building, or to your favorite local coffee shop. It can even be shorter, do 5 jumping jacks or 5 push ups. You can even do 5 wall pushups. You don’t have to be weight lifting or running a marathon to exercise. Can combine with Gratitudes and Meditation.


Simple as sitting quietly while you eat your lunch and think of the things you’re grateful for. Simple as sitting and listening to the world around you. Or as simple as being completely present with whatever you’re doing in each moment – just be present in the Now. This can be combined with practically everything you do, great when combined with Gratitudes, Journaling, Exercise, and Random Acts of Kindness.

Random Acts of Kindness

Can be as simple as telling one person a day why you appreciate their presence in your life. Can be combined with Random Acts of Kindness. Can be done at any time, especially while already interacting with someone.

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