Monday, 10 September 2012

Happy Habits #1

"Your brain evolved a negativity bias that makes it like Velcro for negative experiences but Teflon for positive ones. Therefore, a foundation for happiness is to deliberately weave positive experiences into the fabric of your brain and your self." (Rick Hanson, Neuropsychologist)

Very occasionally the planets align.  Today was such a day at work.  The sun came out for 30 minutes after lunch.  I was on the east side of the building.  I happened to look out of the window at just the right moment.  The light was hitting the white horse at just the right angle.  And so for a minute, I caught a glimpse of one of Wiltshire's eight remaining white horses, carved into the chalk hillside, 6 miles away.

That made me happy!

Cherhill White Horse
  © Copyright victoria lee and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence 

This is what it looks like, close up.  (Photographed from a distance of 6 miles, it wouldn't look too impressive, and besides, it might appear a bit odd if I started snapping photos out of the window when I'm supposed to be working with a class of adolescents.)

What little thing made you happy today?

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  1. Hi Sarah,
    one of my happiest moments comes everyday, as I let my children off at school. No, no, no. . . it's not what you're thinking, that I'm happy to be relieved of my responsibility for their care and keep. The happy moment comes when I turn on the car radio for the 30 minute drive home. I leave the radio off when the kids are in the car so we can talk. But when it's just me, I love listening to music.

  2. I don't often get a radio in the car alone moment, but when I do I like it too!

  3. I today I smiled when I saw an old friend in grocery store. It was fun catching up.

  4. Today, getting good news about a friends health made me smile.

  5. Happiness from friendships...that's great! Thanks for sharing live and learn and livingsimplyfree!