Tuesday, May 5, 2009

As I sit here at work and have absolutely nothing to do... I figured I would post something I thought was a very good Relief Society lesson on Sunday. Our teacher, Sister Larsen, talked about happiness and the importance to incorporate happiness in your life. I really enjoyed this lesson and the things she said. She referred most of the lesson to a project a lady did called "The Happiness-Project." (Pretty original huh?) which actually talked about 7 things people can do in their lives to have more happiness. I will list them for you and that way you can post them on your fridge or mirror to remind you how valuable this emotion is:

1. Boost your energy: stand up and pace while you talk on the phone or, even better, take a brisk ten-minute walk outside. Research shows that when people move faster, their metabolism speeds up, and the activity and sunlight are good for your focus, your mood, and the retention of information. Plus, because of “emotional contagion,” if you act energetic, you’ll help the people around you feel energetic, too.

2. Reach out to friends: make a lunch date or send an email to a friend you haven’t seen in a while. Having warm, close bonds with other people is one of the keys to happiness, so take the time to stay in touch. Somewhat surprisingly, it turns out that socializing boosts the moods not only of extroverts, but also of introverts.

3. Rid yourself of a nagging task: answer a difficult email, purchase something you need, or call to make that dentist’s appointment. Crossing an irksome chore off your to-do list will give you a big rush of energy and cheer, and you’ll be surprised that you procrastinated for so long.

4. Create a calmer environment: clear some physical and mental space around your desk by sorting papers, pitching junk, stowing supplies, sending out quick responses, filing, or even just making your piles neater. A large stack of little tasks can feel overwhelming, but often just a few minutes of work can make a sizeable dent. Try to get in the habit of using the “one minute rule”—i.e., never postpone any task that can be completed in less than one minute. An uncluttered environment will contribute to a more serene mood.

5. Lay the groundwork for some future fun: order a book you’ve been wanting to read (not something you think you should read) or plan a weekend excursion to a museum, hiking trail, sporting event, gardening store, movie theater—whatever sounds like fun. Studies show that having fun on a regular basis is a pillar of happiness, and anticipation is an important part of that pleasure. Try to involve friends or family, as well; people enjoy almost all activities more when they’re with other people than when they’re alone.

6. Do a good deed: make an email introduction of two people who could help each other, or set up a blind date, or shoot someone a piece of useful information or gratifying praise. Do good, feel good—this really works. Also, although we often believe that we act because of the way we feel, in fact, we often feel because of the way we act. When you act in a friendly way, you’ll strengthen your feelings of friendliness for other people.

and my personal favorite:

7. Act happy: put a smile on your face right now, and keep smiling. Research shows that even an artificially induced smile has a positive influence on your emotions—turns out that just going through the motion of happiness brightens your mood. And if you’re smiling, other people will perceive you as being friendlier and more approachable.

I loved learning about these and the importance of each of them. Even though life is a little bit hard at the moment, I know that if I can do these things and brush my teeth and read my scriptures/ say my prayers I can be truly happy in life :)

Hope this was a bit of encouragement! Have a wonderful day!

Kaitlyn Marie


  1. Thank you Princess for giving me words I truly need to hear. I hope you are having a blast at the Noyes Building...I miss and love it so much!

  2. Kate! That's so awesome! Thank you so much for sharing that! I know it'll help me be so much happier! I'll have to print it out and take it with me when I move. Kate, I understand being seperated from someone... just stay BUSY!! It really does help so much. If you ever want to play, I have zero plans for May!! I love you!

  3. You're cute, but oh so wise!


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