Back in February of this year, I set out to see if 21 days of positive actions for 2 minutes a day can create happiness and better productivity! So, how did I do?
This was all inspired by Shawn Achor’s TED talk where he talked about happiness improving personal productivity and gave some 5 practical daily exercises he’s used with many people in many organisations. Read all about the inspiration here.
Yes, yes, but, how did I do?
- I struggled to complete the morning tasks at weekends and when I was out and about. It fell apart when I was not feeling well or too busy. I wondered if it was because I was doing it on my own, not as part of a team.
- I really struggled to remember in the morning what were my gratitude points during the day before. I also wondered if you could count things like: lovely weather.
- The idea of sending a random act of kindness to someone felt artificial.
On the other hand, the exercise:
- Got me writing my diary again, which I find makes me feel better.
- Made me appreciate the value of having a moment to consider what you are grateful for every day.
- Supported my attempt to learn meditation because doing meditation is one of the 5 exercises.
- And I liked the idea of a random act of kindness. Thinking about others and reaching out to them is a good discipline when I tend to be so introverted.
What I realised is that my negative thinking at the time was about a very specific situation. I only started to feel better and happier when I started to look for positives in that situation.
In summary, I’m not sure it works so well in isolation, better in a team, and it wasn’t as simple as the TED talk made it seem. However, I actually enjoyed doing it and it had some benefits.