p: positive emotions

Let’s define Positive Emotion

We are going to start off the series by breaking down “P” which stands for positive emotions. As we said in our intro, positive emotions can be fleeting, or long lasting…

Since we’re going to focus on the longer lasting types of happiness later, we’ll examine the “pleasurable life” here. This is one of the more primal types of happiness and aspect of well-being. It’s also the shortest type of happiness, so it makes sense to call it “in-the-moment” happiness.

When you eat a piece of cake, you experience “in-the-moment” pleasure, but depending on your body – especially if you’re allergic – you could experience pain from it later. Of course, the two things don’t go hand in hand.

We’ve all heard the expression “Stop and smell the roses”. This is an example of momentary pleasure as well. This type of pleasure is usually marked with a smile and we all need that in our lives! Doing more of what makes us feel good gets us in the habit of creating positive feelings. And that is a habit that directly contributes to your well-being.

What can you do to practice?

So, what can we do to help inspire more positivity in your life? A great place to start would be to write everything you are grateful for. It sounds cliché, but have you taken the time to write everything down? There is more of a connection when writing down experiences and current moments in your life.

Keeping an achievement list is also a great place to start. Nothing feels better then accomplishing tasks you’ve set out for yourself. Write down what you did today and try to do better than the last day. Remember 4% improvement is all you need. Positive emotions stimulate your brain in a fantastic way and I promise you if you put it to practice you’ll notice a significant difference. The best part about that is, it’s only the first concept of PERMA, so we’ll see you on the next post.

P.S. Hopefully the following photos instill some positive emotions/vibes for you:


Super Corgi; here to save the day!

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We’ve all made this face…

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In the beginning…

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Relationship goals

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Funny sock…

The weird-ass sock:

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When you get in trouble with mom

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Greatest fail of all time

The job application:

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Wait for it…

The failed face-swap:

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hacking happiness | PERMA (intro)

Hacking Happiness

When people go through a traumatic experience and grow from it, this is called post-traumatic growth. There is a whole branch of psychology dedicated to the science of happiness – it’s called positive psychology. This is what sparked the need to create this series. We are on a mission to guide entrepreneurs, doctors, lawyers, moms and dads, and anyone who is looking for that one thing; a happier place – to live the good life. However in order to reach peak potential, it pays to examine the biggest challenges that may be holding you down.

So for the next few weeks we’ll be dissecting the accronym PERMA. To get started we’ll just breakdown what each letter stands for.

Did you know only 10% of your happiness is determined by your circumstances

While 40% of your hapiness is determined by your state of mind. In other words, the actions that you take, the stories you tell yourself and the attitude you set determines a significant amount of your day-to-day and long-term happiness.

So how can you affect that 40% directed by your internal state of mind?

Martin Seligman, the “father of positive psychology”, lays out 5 key aspects of well being in his seminal book “Flourish”. These aspects are summed up as the acronym PERMA (which I like to associate with being permanently happy, even though that’s not realistic.)

 

P = Positive Emotions 

E = Engagement

R = Relationships

M = Meaning

A = Accomplishment

 

Since writing “Flourish” there have been thousands of studies done to further the points Dr. Seligman makes. For the following, we’ve gathered the findings that are simple to apply in your own lives starting today. Let’s get started shall we?


Learn to control your happiness with PERMA

Positive Emotions

Positive emotions can be fleeting, or long lasting. But since we’re going to focus on the longer lasting types of happiness later, we’ll examine the “pleasurable life” here. This is probably the most primal type of happiness and aspect of well being. It’s also the shortest type of happiness, so it makes sense to call it “in-the-moment” happiness.

Engagement & Flow

At the peak of engagement there’s this magical mental state called “flow”. People often refer to being in flow as “being in the zone”.  It’s when time seems to stop and everything you need to do next becomes crystal clear.

This type of engagement draws on all of your senses; awareness, responsiveness and creativity are heightened. You feel unstoppable and the opportunities seems endless resulting in an incredible natural high.

Relationships

Author Jim Rohn, has been quoted as having said, “We are the average of the top 5 persons we associate with most.” When people are asked at the end of their life what their biggest regrets are, it is very often around relationships.

However, this may be the hardest part of well being to get ahold of because you cannot control other people. You can influence them, but if you go about it the wrong way, the most well-intentioned plans can backfire quickly. This is why learning to communicate effectively – both with others and with yourself – can give you a huge advantage. That and practicing gratitude…

Meaningful Acts

Living a meaningful life is one of the three types of happiness, and the most long-lasting happiness of all three. One interesting fact about this aspect of well being is that, like flow, it doesn’t necessarily mean you are going to be smiling.

In fact, the day-to-day aspects of it might be very difficult. The important thing to note about meaningful acts is the only one that your work needs to be meaningful to is YOU. What’s most important to your happiness is that YOU know you are doing meaningful work.

Accomplishments

When you accomplish something, it creates positive well being in your life in a number of ways. The moment you accomplish something you may experience a number of positive emotions such as joy, pride, excitement, relief, etc. In addition, you can get positive feelings from looking back at what you accomplished later on, especially if you entered into flow or if it was meaningful to you.

So there’s the rundown. We are looking forward to sharing all of this content with you in the coming months. Our mission is to help people attain a prolific life. We do more than just traditional real estate services. We want to change the way people view a real estate company, or realtors for that matter. We want to give you an experience that will help inspire you to challenge yourself to reach newer heights.

“Live Prolific”

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