It’s Thanksgiving Day in the US.
It’s a day for happiness, cheer, and family.
And of course it’s a day for thanksgiving.
Something interesting recently jumped out at me inside Robert Cialdini’s new book, “Pre-Suasion.”
It’s called the Positivity Paradox.
Even though the elderly often experience losses in physical and mental functioning, they feel happier than when they were younger and healthier.
They’re happier because they actively think about positive memories, seek out good information, and focus on the good things about their life.
They often focus on the positive because they know they have limited time left.
Cialdini also shares a little bit about Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky’s research into happiness.
Here are 3 activities she says increase happiness:
#1: Count your blessings at the start of the day. Write them down.
#2: Look at the bright side of situations, events, and possibilities.
#3: Limit time spent on thinking about problems and unhealthily comparing yourself with others.
Look at that first one.
Counting your blessings increases happiness.
Another word for that is thanksgiving. Be thankful for what you have in your life.
Focus on what you have instead of what you don’t have.
I’ve known some pretty wealthy people…who were also miserable.
They spent most of their time talking about what they didn’t have or how someone else had more than them.
It doesn’t matter how much you have. There is always going to be someone with more.
I’m embarrassed to admit I struggle with this at times.
I get down in the dumps. I’m too hard on myself.
But the moment I start thinking about all my blessings, my mood instantly lifts.
I’ve been blessed. There is no question about it. Internet Lifestyle Freedom. An Awesome Wife. Health. Money. Time.
I could go on and on, but you get the picture. That’s why it embarrasses me to admit struggles here.
I need to count my blessings every day…especially today.
And hopefully you can pick up something from this message as well.
We live in incredible times.
The Internet has given us untold possibilities.
And the future looks even brighter if you choose to accept it.
What will 2017 look like for you?
Hopefully I’ll see you in the Monthly Mentor Club. My December issue coming up next week is about the “Freedom Quadrant.”
I’ve recently realized 4 simple steps that has made my business so successful online for so long. I’m sharing those and how each of these pieces fit together in the December issue.