My little brother Andres just recently shared with me the following message, which after reading it, I could not agree more with what it says.
In Harvard, one of the most prestigious universities in the world, the most popular and successful course teaches you to better understand Happiness.
The class is Positive Psychology, and the teacher is Tal Ben-Shahar. This class attracts about 1400 students per semester and 20% of all graduates from Harvard take this optional course.
According to Ben-Shahar, the class, which is centered in Happiness, Motivation and Self-esteem, gives students the tools to achieve success, and face life with joy.
The professor, who was born in 1970 is an American-Israeli teacher and writer in the areas of Happiness, Leadership, and Positive Psychology. Some consider him as the “Happiness Guru”.
He highlights 13 key recommendations to improve the quality of your personal state, which also contribute to build a Positive Attitude for a better Life:
Many experts agree that exercise helps improve your mood. 30 minutes a day is the antidote against sadness and stress.
Some people skip breakfast blaming the lack of time, or thinking they will get fat. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It gives you energy, helps you think better and successfully complete all your daily activities. Do not skip breakfast!
Be Grateful for everything you have.
Write in a piece of paper, or your phone, or Tablet everything you have in Life that makes you feel Happy. Focus on the good things! Be grateful… Always!
Ask what you want and say what you think. Being assertive improves your self-esteem and confidence. To stay silent and oppressed usually creates sadness and hopelessness.
Use your money to gain experiences.
A survey discovered that 75% of people feel happier when they invest money in trips, courses and lessons. Against only 34%, who said they felt happier when buying things. Pay for a trip, Learn a foreign language, take a class.
Face your Challenges.
Some studies demonstrate that when you keep postponing something, you continue to create more anxiety and stress about that matter. Write a small list of what you want to achieve and keep it at least weekly. Get yourself an agenda.
Surround yourself with beautiful memories.
Fill your fridge, your computer, your desk, your room, your Life with beautiful pictures of your loved ones, memories and motivational quotes.
Always be Kind.
More than 100 studies agree that just by smiling, you can change your mood. Smile no matter what.
Use comfortable shoes.
If your feet hurt you will always be in a bad mood, says Dr. Keith Wapner, Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery.
Watch your posture.
Walk straight with your shoulders slightly backwards and your eyes looking ahead. This alone will make you feel more confident and in a better mood.
Listen to music.
Listening to good music will make you want to dance and sing, and will make your life more joyful.
Your nutrition impacts your mood.
Do not skip foods; eat something light each 3 or 4 hours. Watch your cholesterol levels. Avoid excess of sugars, white flours and fat. Eat balanced meals everyday.
Dress yourself and look good.
41% of people say they feel happier when they think they look good.
Have Faith in God!
This is the most important advice. There is nothing impossible to God. Always have Faith in Him. Pray and Praise His Divine Love for us.
Happiness is like a remote control. We lose it often, we go mad looking for it, and many times, without knowing, we are sitting right on top of it.