We Cross To Jenny For News Just In…

August 24, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Imagine you were responsible for programming the nightly news hour. What stories would make the cut and reach the screens of all those tuning in to watch. The viewers time is precious, they have options to switch the channel or become distracted by the other responsibilities they have. I would imagine you would want to reflect the goings on for that day in your community, nationally and internationally in the broadcast. What story would you choose to lead the coverage? “We cross to Jenny for news just in”.

If you watch, read or listen to the news today, you would know that the vast majority of the stories that make the cut are reporting on tragedy, despair, disaster, pain and fear. These stories reflect a percentage of the goings on for that day in our communities, nationally and internationally. The question is though, does that percentage reflect the actual ratio of negative to positive events that are happening in our world. Shawn Achor discusses this as part of his talk around Positive Psychology. What we tune into could distort and affect our ability to connect authentically with self, others and the world around us, and the contribution that we are able to make in creating the global village that we aspire to live in.

“90% of your long term happiness is predicted not by your external world but by the way that your brain processes the world”. How powerful a thought is this. As Shawn discusses, if we are chasing happiness then we will never actually arrive. There will always be another barrier, task or success that has to be accomplished before you will be able to be ‘happy’. Finding ways to tune into the positive wavelength, or ‘The Happiness Advantage’ that Shawn discusses, throughout our daily thoughts and actions, can create a world of difference for ourselves and others who we inspire.

Watch the talk attached, considering when you feel most joyous, alive and empowered in the moments of your day. Also consider what influences, positive and negative, can impact those feelings that see you achieving your potential in the various areas of your life. Evaluate what messages you tune into, your time is precious and your potential immense. Think how you could incorporate into your day some of Shawn’s suggested activities, such as daily gratitude, journalling, exercise, meditation or random acts of kindness, to experience the ripples that won’t only be felt by you but by your connection to others and the world around us.

“Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be”.
– Abraham Lincoln

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