Happiness is a very personal experience, and different people describe happiness in different ways. Some people describe happiness as peaceful, harmonious, and serene. Other people describe happiness as excited, strong, and playful. One thing we can all agree on is that it feels good to be happy, and life would be more enjoyable if we were happy more often.
Here’s the problem: Happiness is fleeting. In this new digital age, our moods change quickly as we face a barrage of stimuli coming at us at warp speed. Our mobile devices can make us laugh one second (flooding our brains with serotonin) then stress us out the next second (flooding our brains with cortisol).With so much coming at us, we must first learn how to establish a strong baseline of well-being, then from there proactively train our brains for happiness in the same way we train our muscles in the gym.
Happiness is almost like a light…it’s obvious when it’s on, and it’s obvious when it’s off. Powerful leaders understand their own wiring and develop different strategies to lift their moods in the present so they can be a source of light for others…NOW. They don’t wait for something to make them happy in the future. From the outside, it almost seems as if they hold a happiness switch in their hand…and when they trigger the switch they have the capacity to light up the room, immediately boosting creativity and productivity within their teams.