TUL 025 – Happiness: Part 2

Can happiness be controlled? If so, what can be done to maximize happiness in your own life?

On today’s edition of THE UNSTOPPABLE LIFE we cover those questions and more.  There is an abundance of research on the topic and studies have shown that 50% of our happiness is already wired in!  That’s right, our genetics make up half.  However, there is another 50% that is malleable!  The surprising finding there is that only 10% is made up of the extrinsic things that were are told to focus on most.  Things like money, status, health, possessions, and rewards.   10%!  That, of course, leaves 40%.  That percentage is made up of intrinsic behaviors.  Things that are inherently satisfying in and of themselves.  Things like personal growth, close and meaningful relationships, community service, purpose.  

These truths are highlighted to an even greater degree in what is widely understood to be the most extensive study ever conducted on evaluating human life.  The Harvard Grant and Glueck studies.

What they found in their 75+ year study is that “Good relationships keep us happier and healthier”

On today’s show I go into greater detail and line out the “3 Goods” that motivate us all toward happiness.

  1.  Good for others:  Our ability to cherish our most meaningful and important relationships lead to our happiness.  We were made to cooperate with our fellow man and the result is happiness for all.
  2.  Good at it:  It’s simple, do more of what you are good at and do less of what your not so good at.  Work out of your strengths and passions.  When we do what we were made to do we naturally come alive!
  3.  Good for me:  Take care of yourself!  Prioritize your own health and well-being.  Your spiritual, emotions, and physical reserves must be managed well for you to maximize your happiness.  Balancing those important aspects of life produce the fruit of happiness in you. (Need some help? Check out these episodes 019, 020)

It wouldn’t be an episode of THE UNSTOPPABLE LIFE without some clear actionable steps.  Specifically, what can be done today to improve overall happiness?  (*First, read what I read the morning before studio recording)

Ok, you want to start today?  Here are 5 things proven to improve your outlook on life and subsequently your overall happiness.

  • 3 Gratitudes:  Everyday for a set period of time (try one month), at the end of your day write down 3 things that you are grateful for.  Easy as that.
  • Journaling one positive experience: Similar to the first option, at the end of your day journal about and reflect on some meaningful positive event that happened.
  • Exercise:  Pretty much self explanatory.  What are you waiting for?  Feel better, be healthier, look better, and release dopamine.  It all equals boosted happiness!
  • Pray/meditate:  There’s no better way I know of to bring perspective to our lives than to spend time connecting to the author of our lives.  If this was a ranking list, this would easily be #1. 
  • Random acts of kindness:  The sky’s the limit.  Encourage and bless others.  It not only makes them happier but it does the same to you.  Win-win!

What are you waiting for?  Get busy!

TUL 024 – Happiness: Part 1

Happiness.

We all want it.  So how can we get it?

Happiness is defined as “a mental or emotional state of well-being defined by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.”

After wading through a number of academic and popular resources I’ve boiled down the essential content (you also got a taste from TUL episode 013).  On this week’s episode of THE UNSTOPPABLE LIFE I share with you not only why the topic is so relevant to us today but we’ll also play a little game that will help us address, confirm and debunk these popular thoughts and myths about happiness.

  • Money buys happiness
  • You can control your happiness
  • Exercise makes you happy
  • What I eat makes me happy
  • Adversity makes us less happy

Hang tight as today’s show focuses on the right information and next week will be all about the right application!

Don’t worry – Be Happy!

 

TUL 023 – An Interview with Bec Heinrich: How Radical Rest Transformed Her Life

On today’s episode of THE UNSTOPPABLE LIFE my guest, Bec Heinrich learned life transforming truths through a year of radical rest.

Bec has spent the last 18 years focused on developing leaders of all ages. Bec launched her first business at age 16, and her second a social Enterprise which consulted to the education sector in Australia, to design and facilitate leadership and character development programs, at the age of 21. She spent 10 years scaling this organization which worked with more than 185,000 young people and impacted more than 500 schools nationally.

Moving to the United States in 2014, today Bec leads strategic conversations with executive leaders at Deloitte’s Washington DC Greenhouse; an innovation and collaboration space tasked with helping clients focus on their most difficult business and leadership challenges.

Bec has degrees in Politics and Law from Macquarie University in Sydney, has studied social entrepreneurship and innovation at Stanford University and has a Master’s in Leadership from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.  Her thesis was on the impact of rest on the performance of leaders, inspired after she took a year-long sabbatical to learn how to slow down in order to speed up.

Her year-long sabbatical came after years of running hard.  A traumatic life shaping event served as a catalyst that ultimately broke her.  As she began to more deeply search and evaluate her heart and life, Bec found a new identity, more productivity, and a renewed outlook on life, work, herself.

Her story is an incredible one, and her insights on rest will speak volumes to your life!  Tune in, as we discuss practical steps that you can take today that will help you slow down so that you can speed up!

Below is a link to the formative book Bec recommended to us all.  Only $6.99 on Amazon!  Check it out.

TUL 022 – I’m Slowing Down to Speed Up!

I’ve always desired to be one who practices what they preach, and in my recent series on rest I’ve been forced to follow my own advice.  Recent illness has briefly bogged me down, but only for a beat!

This week’s episode of THE UNSTOPPABLE LIFE may very well be the shortest, but may it be a tangible example to you of doing what must be done to prioritize rest in your life!

Have a listen to this week’s show for not only a quick review of the main building blocks that will help you implement change but also a preview of what’s next!  The coming weeks on the show will include a powerful and relevant interview from a leading voice advocating true rest in our busy lives as well as a brand new series dissecting the illusive topic of happiness.  At the end, you will know what is really required to dramatically increase happiness AND how to put it into practice in your life!  I’m excited for what’s coming and I hope you are too!