Sometimes it's hard to be happy
We hold onto negative emotions much longer than our happy ones. But Dr Barbara Fredrickson has a few tricks for us. We can “build” and “broaden” our happiness by thinking of the positive emotions we have.
She names the top ten positive emotions (in reverse order of how often they are experienced):
I think our children are our best teachers when it comes to living in the moment and positivity. Children have a knack of waking up each morning “like it's Christmas” (words from a friend).
In fact Dr Barbara Fredrickson says that "joy is an emotion often experienced while playing" (Fredrickson 1998).
"Through play, kids build physical, intellectual and social abilities, as well as grounds for clear communication. Play also encourages exploration, which is the base for knowledge and personal growth." (see full article).
I’ve picked a couple to focus on myself– Joy, Pride and Inspiration.
Joy automatically brings me a memory of the first time my son walked down an incline by himself (on our MOOV baby ramp/slide, perfect for learning control on slopes). It was pure unabashed joy. That moment of freedom, of nailing it solo and no doubt the little tummy buzz he got. I swelled with Pride.
Positivity also “open us up to possibility, and an increased ability to move forward”, so I’m using that idea to look for inspiration. I’m taking time everyday just to think about what is possible and creating (new products coming soon!).
It’s working for me.
Why not pick a couple of positive emotions to look for. Build and broaden your happy. At the moment its hard to feel ‘happy’ pulled down by the weight and worry of what is happening around the world.
You can still be positive and look for the moments. If you are stuck let your children help you find them.
Wondering why we are posting about happiness? because it aligns with our brand ethos. We are banishing negativity.