Tweaking the dials of happiness.

Why it is profoundly beneficial to continually optimise your levels of happiness and moment-to-moment well-being through experiment and change.

 

Tweaking the dials of happiness.

 

Why it is profoundly beneficial to continually optimise your levels of happiness and moment-to-moment well-being through experiment and change.

If you want to be happier, grab the wheel and start steering. Don’t be passively swept through life, accepting what is thrown at you.

In all areas, the default life falls far short of the optimised existence. Above all, the single most important of these areas is happiness. You can increase your state of happiness simply by trying things that are new and/or different; adopting those that help and abandoning those that don’t. 

Two questions:

  1. Have you ever experimented with your own happiness?
  2. Have you made changes in various areas of your life and observed the effect–or lack thereof–in your well-being in the ensuing minutes, days, months and years?

Try things; lots of them. Try everything, not just things you expect will help. It’s surprising what you might enjoy.  Try riding your bike for the next small grocery run. Try a new sport. Try not spending any money this weekend. Try getting up early. Try meditation. Try giving up a day of your time to help someone with no expectation of reward. Try, try, try!

I call this trying “tweaking the dials of happiness”.

Monitor how you feel. You will be surprised at some of the results. There will be changes you can make–changes you thought would diminish your happiness–that either don’t detract from it, or better yet, actually improve it!

If something you try improves your well-being and happiness, keep it up. If it doesn’t, ditch it. Easy, right?

The ultimate is when this new behaviour also has other benefits. Examples of this might include a new love of playing a sport (health benefit), cutting your spending back (early retirement), the discovery of a new passion (greater meaning in your life), the meeting of a great new friend–the list is endless.

So get cracking. Try something different this week and see how you feel.

– Steven Ryan