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Why Exercise Makes You Happier

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My Passion is helping people become successful and happy. I have found that many people want to be successful but just don’t know how. More importantly, people want to be successful because they feel that reaching some success pinnacle will result in them becoming happy. The research and my experience has shown that just the opposite is the case. Success does not lead to happiness. Happiness leads to success.

4 Happiness Hacks and the Science behind Them

  1. Turn off the digital devices and turn on the charm.
  2. Get some exercise.
  3. Go outside.
  4. Say Thank You.

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My Passion is helping people become successful and happy. I have found that many people want to be successful but just don’t know how. More importantly, people want to be successful because they feel that reaching some success pinnacle will result in them becoming happy. The research and my experience has shown that just the opposite is the case. Success does not lead to happiness. Happiness leads to success.

Exercise for a Higher Purpose to be more motivated

Happiness Hack #11 Higher Purpose as Motivation

Stick to a New Diet or Exercise Plan by Connecting it to Your Higher Purpose

 

Rather than exercising or dieting so you can look better, do it to help other people. Trying to look better is something we do for ourselves and it is not as motivational or inspiring as trying to do something for someone else. Connect your diet and exercise to a Higher Purpose and you will have more success.

Exercise and a healthy diet give us more energy, help us be more productive, and help us live longer.

 

We might exercise or eat a healthy diet so:

  1. We will be around long enough to help our children and grandchildren
  2. We can be around and healthy and when our friends need us
  3. Our friends and family won’t have take care us when we get ill from a life of unhealthy habits.
  4. We can bring more energy to work to help our peers and customers
  5. We can have more energy to help our favorite charity
  6. We can be more productive and advance our careers
  7. Insert your own Higher Purpose here.

How can you give to others by exercising and dieting? How can you be there for others by having more energy, being more productive and living longer?

 

Happiness Hack #1  – Find 3 Things to be Happy for Everyday

Happiness Hack #2  – End the Day on a Good Note

Happiness Hack #3 – Schedule 15 minutes every morning for prioritized “Me” time

Happiness Hack #4 – Practice Autonomy

Happiness Hack #5 Make Time To Exercise

Happiness Hack #6: Find Flow

Happiness Hack #7 Keep a Happiness Jar

Happiness Hack #8 Finding Meaning

Happiness Hack #9 Start Small

Happiness Hack #10 Cross it Off Everyday

 

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My Passion is helping people become successful and happy. I have found that many people want to be successful but just don’t know how. More importantly, people want to be successful because they feel that reaching some success pinnacle will result in them becoming happy. The research and my experience has shown that just the opposite is the case. Success does not lead to happiness. Happiness leads to success.

Find Happiness by finding flow

Happiness Hack #6: Find Flow

Find Flow in 90 minute distraction free intervals for higher levels of happiness

Flow is a state where you lose track of time and your surroundings. You are so caught up in what you are doing, your brain doesn’t process unrelated outside information.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, the leading expert on flow, found that people who became really absorbed in what they were doing had higher levels of happiness. The more they got into flow, the happier they were.

Flow requires challenges that push us out of our comfort zone but are not too demanding. It requires that we know enough to do the task well, but we still enjoy learning and getting better. It is an optimal experience.

1. Find a project or activity where you are confident in your abilities but it is still challenging for you.
2. Turn off all distractions – e-mail reminders, texts, instant messages, and other interruptions.
3. Work for 90 minutes without interruption and see how much you can get done.
4. Then take 15 minutes to walk around and re-energize before you start again.

The key is to not work for 10 hours straight with 12 distractions per hour. You leave work feeling tired without feeling like you accomplished anything. Find Flow in 90 minute distraction free intervals. You will be more productive and happier at the same time.

Happiness Hack #5 – Make Time to Exercise


Happiness Hack #7 – Keep a Happiness Jar

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My Passion is helping people become successful and happy. I have found that many people want to be successful but just don’t know how. More importantly, people want to be successful because they feel that reaching some success pinnacle will result in them becoming happy. The research and my experience has shown that just the opposite is the case. Success does not lead to happiness. Happiness leads to success.

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Happiness Hack #5 Make Time To Exercise

Make Time to Exercise and You will be Healthier, Happier, and More Productive.

Our time is constrained and we don’t have time to get everything done as it is. But we should schedule time to exercise on a regular basis. Research by Russell Clayton and colleagues, which is due out in the next issue Human Resource Management, concludes there is a positive relationship between exercise and work life balance. Based on Clayton’s research, people who take the time to exercise feel more self-efficacy. In other words they are confident they can get things done. Completing a regular exercise routine, gives them proof that they are capable of handling bigger challenges, including getting major projects at work done and making time for a happy home life.

Exercise also makes you happier. It gives you more energy. It also provides a mental and emotional break from your daily stress. It gives you time to think and process information. Research has shown that exercise was more effective than Zoloft, an anti-depressant medication, in reducing the symptoms of depression. Exercise improves your brain’s ability to process information. Overall exercise helps you think more clearly, feel more confident, and be more energetic, all of which help you be better at your job.

So take some time out of your busy schedule to exercise. You will be able to get more done instead of less, and you will be happier and more successful.

Happiness Hack #4 – Practice Autonomy

Happiness Hack #6 – Find Flow

About 

My Passion is helping people become successful and happy. I have found that many people want to be successful but just don’t know how. More importantly, people want to be successful because they feel that reaching some success pinnacle will result in them becoming happy. The research and my experience has shown that just the opposite is the case. Success does not lead to happiness. Happiness leads to success.

Why You Should Take a Break from Work to Exercise

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One of the big challenges we all face after deciding to exercise more is when will we have time? Work is always busy, and there is always more to do.  We are working so many hours that we barely have enough time for our family and personal life.  We are always tired and worn out when we go to bed and we get up just in time to get back to work.  Where does exercise fit into all this?

Well new research by Russell Clayton and colleagues, which is due out in the next issue of Human Resource Management, clearly concludes there is a positive relationship between exercise and work life balance.  Based on Clayton’s research, people who take the time to exercise feel more self-efficacy.  In other words they are confident they can get things done.   Completing a regular exercise routine, gives them proof that they are capable of handling bigger challenges, including getting major projects at work done and making time for a happy home life.

 “Research shows that physical exercise strengthens both the body and the brain! Exercise reduces stress and promotes the growth of new brain cells.” Marissa Toussaint

Exercise also makes you happier.  It gives you more energy. It also provides a mental and emotional break from your daily stress. It gives you time to think and process information. Babyak, Blumenthal and colleagues did several studies where they found exercise was more effective than Zoloft, an anti-depressant medication, in reducing the symptoms of depression. Exercise worked better in the short term, but it also turned out to be a more permanent and longer lasting solution than medication. Exercise improves your brain’s ability to process information. Overall exercise helps you think more clearly, feel more confident, and be more energetic, all of which help you be better at your job.

Studies have shown that exercise releases a hormone called peptide YY that suppresses your appetite. So exercise actually helps you eat less, which helps you be more disciplined about your diet, which provides more confidence, which helps improve happiness.

So take some time out of your busy schedule to exercise.  You will be able to get more done instead of less, and you will be happier and more successful.

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My Passion is helping people become successful and happy. I have found that many people want to be successful but just don’t know how. More importantly, people want to be successful because they feel that reaching some success pinnacle will result in them becoming happy. The research and my experience has shown that just the opposite is the case. Success does not lead to happiness. Happiness leads to success.

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