The Power of Vulnerability, Brené Brown
If you seek inspiration, start here today.
I’ve been stumbling on so much information, literature, lectures, etc. on happiness and gratitude lately that I think it’s a sign.
I was lucky enough to sit in on a lecture at a Staff Congress meeting here on campus where a professor, Beau Weston, spoke on Happiness. As a positive, silver-lining-seeking type of person, I often wonder if my happiness is naive. Am I not looking at the underlying issues and causes in the world, and just ignoring them to be blissfully ignorant? The answer is simply, no. As Beau said, “Most people are happy. The world is getting better.” On the whole, we are living in the best time that the world has ever seen: “Wealth is up, health is up, safety is up, education is up, equality is up, freedom is up. What else do you want?” Beau went on to say that in a world where the news is a “freak show” and “criticism seems more intelligent” than happiness, what can we do to be happy? His number 1 thing to do: Be Grateful.
Be Grateful. How many things do you worry about on a daily basis? How much anxiety could be avoided if you only switched gears from worry to gratitude?
It should be stated that Beau is a sociologist and has done extensive research on the topic of happiness. He teaches a class on Happiness and cites many sources in his research, including a book I recently finished, Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project. Highly recommended.
So my research on happiness and gratitude doesn’t stop here with Beau’s lecture or this amazing TED talk by Brené Brown. But I am totally inspired, and I think everyone should hear these things.
It has been proven that happiness is contagious. And when it really boils down to it, life is too short to be the one in the room who keeps bringing other people down. Don’t be a cloud. Be grateful.
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