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!
We’ve all made this face…
In the beginning…
When you get in trouble with mom
Greatest fail of all time
Wait for it…