While perusing Maui Vision Magazine, I ran across a short article regarding the book, How We Choose To Be Happy, by Mark Sheehan, a real estate broker and environmental activist living on Maui. It caught my attention and I've downloaded the book to read at a later date, but what really struck me was the study it was based on - unusually happy people! It was written by two psychologists, Rick Foster and Greg Hicks.
Here then are the choices that unusually happy people tend to make:
- Intention: Having an active desire to be happy and committing to living that way.
- Accountability: Choosing to create the life you want to live, taking full responsibility, refusing to blame others.
- Identification: Continually looking into yourself to see what makes you uniquely happy.
- Centrality: Making sure that what makes you happy is central in your life.
- Recasting: Converting problems into opportunities, transforming trauma into something meaningful.
- Options: Approaching life with multiple scenarios, being open to new possibilities, a flexible life script.
- Appreciation: The choice to stay in the present, making each experience precious, appreciating deeply.
- Giving: Sharing yourself with friends and community.
- Truthfulness: The choice to be honest with yourself and others in an accountable manner by not allowing societal, corporate or family demands to violate your internal contract.
I think these need to go on my Intention Board. I especially liked #6/Options - being flexible seems to be very important in this day and age. Realizing we can change our 'story' at any time, no matter what is going on in our lives - in fact the one thing we do have control over is our own story.