I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for ways to live my best life so when I heard about Yale’s popular Psychology and the Good Life class, I wanted to find out what the students were being taught.
My obsession with personal development runs deep - so deep that nearly a decade ago my idea of a perfect honeymoon beach read was a book titled “The How of Happiness.” (great book btw.)
Here are the secrets shared in Yale's most popular course.
I hope they help bring a little more joy into your life.
1. Intentionally cultivate gratitude each day.
This is easier said than done, so I prefer rituals that help make this positive habit start to operate on autopilot.
The Panda Planner makes it simple and easy to reflect on what you’re grateful for each day and night. As you probably know, I’m obsessed with the Panda Planner and my coaching clients are too, so if you haven't tried it yet, I highly recommend it.
2. Take action and avoid procrastination.
Those at the top of their game are dedicated to starting tasks and finishing them. They know the power of having accountability and a team to support them.
Whether this means hiring a coach or joining an accountability group, they figure out how to motivate themselves into taking consistent action towards their goals.
If you want to avoid being overwhelmed and having a long list of partially completed tasks, look no further than this quick guide I created.
When you follow this framework, you’ll be sure to get the most important tasks across the line.
3. Make time to reset and spend QT with friends and family.
For whatever reason, we typically don’t value “play” and “free time,” yet it’s an essential piece of what makes us the happiest.
We are social creatures and investing in keeping those social connections strong is vital to our wellbeing.
A study from Brigham Young University concluded that loneliness represents a greater health risk than obesity and is as destructive to your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
So make time for the people you love and () live longer too.
To bring this all together, I've included a fourth bonus item.
Without this piece, you might see short bursts of happiness, but will miss out on the chance to build a deeper sense of fulfillment and more long lasting joy.
So don't miss this final step!
4. Get clear on what you want
If you don’t know where you’re going, how will you know when you get there?
What does success look like and feel like to you?
Use my Mini Clarity Course to help you gain clarity and then take action towards your version of success.
And feel the peace of mind that comes from knowing your greater purpose and "Why."
I hope these tips help you cultivate daily habits to create space for more love, joy and connection in your life.
Take your pick, but no matter what, take action.
You’ve got this,