20 Apr 4 Daily Choices the Smartest People Make to Improve Their Lives … A clear path to increase your happiness in the age of social distancing.
via Inc.com by Marcel Schwantes
It also has stretched others to reinvent themselves and, out of necessity, explore possibilities they hadn’t imagined a month ago.
Whichever camp you find yourself in times of crisis, you must shift your thinking to the positive. People who cope well under tough circumstances bounce back and intentionally work at choosing the right mindset — literally training their brains to become more optimistic. It’s that critical.
To that end, here are five habits you can choose to flip your switch to a more happy and positive state.
1. Rediscover your purpose
Remind yourself frequently that the purpose of your life is not to work 10 hours per day, five days per week, then retire in Florida. Your true purpose should be to discover your calling in life and bask in the joy of the journey along the way, one step at a time. In the end, your legacy is left to these two questions:
- What impact did I make on the lives of others?
- Who did I serve and make better?
2. Stop your self-defeating thoughts
Life has thrown us an undeserving and nasty curveball. For the first week of the pandemic, it’s fair to say we were all numb and in a daze, trying to make sense of the new world. The important thing is to not stay there and go to bed every night obsessing, questioning, second-guessing, and psychoanalyzing every “what if” scenario.
Corcoran Group founder and Shark Tank mogul Barbara Corcoran has some truth to impart here:
The difference between successful people and others is how long they spend time feeling sorry for themselves.
Be like the most successful people: Bounce back, adapt, chalk the bad stuff up to experience, remember the lesson in the future (because we will get back to normal soon), and don’t dwell on the past.
As you recover and heal from whatever pain has been inflicted on you, having a mindset of putting “the past in the past” releases you from the chains of guilt and analysis paralysis. Face it–social distancing cannot be undone. But you can choose to learn from it and move on…
… read the full & original article (with more on how to maintain happiness during these challenging times) HERE