What are your happiness beliefs?
Each one of us has different beliefs about what leads to happiness. These beliefs are really important because our beliefs about happiness actually effect how much happiness we can experience. In the next activity, you will get to explore your happiness beliefs.
Do you believe happiness is a skill that is learnable?
It turns out that we don’t just find happiness. Just like we don’t find an ability to speak a new language or find an ability to play an instrument. Happiness, just like these other types of knowledge, must be learned. The same parts of our brains that enable us to learn other skills actually also enable us to learn happiness skills. And to learn them well, we have to repeatedly practice using and improving our happiness skills. Over time, research shows we can learn to control, change, manage, and create emotional experiences. Some skills may be harder for you to learn, other skills may be easier. But you can learn them.
We have to be careful that we don't forget that happiness is a skill. When we start believing that happiness is something that we have to find, we are less likely to exert the effort required to increase our happiness. So it is really important that we strengthen our belief that we can improve our own happiness.
Let's get started strengthening these beliefs.
Activity: Happiness beliefs
Take a moment to reflect on your happiness beliefs by answering the questions below and brainstorming how to build your happiness skills.
Whew! That was a long activity. Great job getting through it and making sure beliefs aren't limiting your happiness potential!