The 5 Habits That Will Make You Happy, According to Science

The 5 Habits That Will Make You Happy, According to Science

The 5 Habits That Will Make You Happy, According to Science

by Eric Barker

Excerpts:

….Alex Korb is a postdoctoral researcher in neuroscience at UCLA and author of The Upward Spiral.

So let’s get to it. Alex has some great suggestions for simple things you can do to feel happier every day…

1) Listen To Music From The Happiest Time In Your Life

Music affects the brain in an interesting way: it can remind you of places you have listened to it before.

Were you happiest in college? Play the music you loved then and it can transport you to that happier place and boost your mood.

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Story of Anchor Byron Pitts – From Poverty and Learning Disabilities to a Top Journalist

Story of Anchor Byron Pitts – From Poverty and Learning Disabilities to a Top Journalist

Overcoming Hardship With Hope (interview with Byron Pitts)

Excerpts:

Byron Pitts grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. His childhood was filled with overwhelming obstacles. He had a debilitating stutter, a home life that was filled with discord due to his father’s infidelity, and an embarrassing secret: he couldn’t read.

Byron was twelve years old when his parents separated.

…When punishment did not make a difference, she decided to get Byron tested. He can still recall the words of the therapist, “I’m sorry, Mr. and Mrs. Pitts, Byron is functionally illiterate.” His parents did not realize he could not read.

…By the time Byron reached high school he was still struggling with reading. His freshman year he was ranked 310 out of 330 students.

With the coaching of Father Bartholomew, Byron and he mapped out an aggressive study schedule that would improve his grades so he could get into college. It worked…

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To Make Better Decisions, Ask Yourself ‘What,’ Not ‘Why’ by Tasha Eurich

To Make Better Decisions, Ask Yourself ‘What,’ Not ‘Why’ by Tasha Eurich

To Make Better Decisions, Ask Yourself ‘What,’ Not ‘Why’ by Tasha Eurich

Excerpts:

Why questions draw us to our limitations; what questions help us see our potential. Why questions stir up negative emotions; what questions keep us curious. Why questions trap us in our past; what questions help us create a better future.

….Indeed, making the transition from why to what can be the difference between victimhood and growth.

….Asking what instead of why forces us to name our emotions, a process that a strong body of research has shown to be effective. The simple act of translating our emotions into language—versus simply experiencing them—can stop our brains from activating our amygdala, the fight-or-flight command center, and this in turn helps us stay in control. If this sounds too simple to be true, try naming your feelings for a week and see what you notice.

News Anchor Melissa Francis: From Failure to Success

News Anchor Melissa Francis: From Failure to Success

Melissa Francis’ journey from child star to news anchor

Excerpts:

But that [Francis’ current success as a news anchor] doesn’t mean Francis hasn’t experienced her fair share of failures along the way.

She’s been spotted wearing a kitchen uniform by her Harvard classmates, been fired from two TV news jobs, fled an early job after her boss’ flirtations went too far, and, upon meeting Megyn Kelly for the first time, accidentally called her “Kelly.”

None of these missteps has held Francis back, and she’s now sharing her secret formula for success in her latest book, “Lessons From the Prairie: The Surprising Secrets to Happiness, Success, and (Sometimes Just) Survival I Learned on America’s Favorite Show” (Weinstein Books, out now).

“Getting fired was devastating, but that’s how I learned how to turn disaster into golden opportunity,” Francis, 44, tells The Post. “I have really and sincerely used it when life has knocked me on my ass.”

She identifies four steps in the survive-and-thrive process.

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Inspirational: Deaf Singer Mandy Harvey Wows America’s Got Talent Judges With Original Song

Inspirational: Deaf Singer Mandy Harvey Wows America’s Got Talent Judges With Original Song

Mandy Harvey, Deaf Singer, Finds an Audience. And Leaves It Weeping.

America’s Got Talent’: Watch Deaf Contestant’s Stunning Performance

‘America’s Got Talent’ Judges Wowed by Deaf Singer Mandy Harvey: Watch

Deaf Singer Mandy Harvey Wows America’s Got Talent Judges With Original Song

America, remember this name: Mandy Harvey. The 29-year-old singer, who is deaf, took to the America’s Got Talent stage with an original song, “Try.” Harvey lost all of her hearing when she was 18 and was accompanied on America’s Got Talent with her interpreter, Sarah.

“I have a connective tissue disorder, so basically I got sick and my nerves deteriorated,” she explained to Simon Cowell.

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Entertainers Cher and Goldie Hawn Admit to Struggles with Insecurity or Anxiety

Entertainers Cher and Goldie Hawn Admit to Struggles with Insecurity or Anxiety

I always find it interesting when people who eventually became successful in their profession, especially something as competitive as acting or singing, admit in interviews that they deal with low self esteem, anxiety, panic attacks, and insecurity – or that they did when first starting out.

Here are two articles pertaining to this, about Cher and Goldie Hawn:

Cher — Yes, THAT Cher — Still Has to Face Fears Every Time She Gets Onstage  – Dec. 2016

How Early Fame Caused Serious Panic Attacks for Goldie Hawn: ‘I Was Scared’ – May 2017

From

Cher — Yes, THAT Cher — Still Has to Face Fears Every Time She Gets Onstage  – Dec. 2016

Excerpt (in Q and A format with Cher):

Does it ever make you nervous that you’ve got to live up to some pretty high expectations when you perform?
I’m shaky before I go on. Once I go on, I know that I’m there to provide service, in a strange way. I’m there to make people happy. That’s my job.

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“I got a letter saying I wasn’t what they were looking for” – news reporter Lester Holt

“I got a letter saying I wasn’t what they were looking for” – news reporter Lester Holt 

“I got a letter saying I wasn’t what they were looking for” – news reporter Lester Holt

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

Although Lester Holt is now the anchor of “NBC Nightly News,” he revealed that his journalism career didn’t get off to a smooth start.

“In 1979, I was rejected for a job at NBC’s flagship radio station, WNBC,” he said in this week’s edition of Us Weekly’s 25 Questions. “I got a letter saying I wasn’t what they were looking for. I still smile every time I look at it.”…

[He went on to become a successful anchor with NBC network]


See Also:

Why the Best Success Stories Often Begin With Failure by Amy Crawford

Recovering from Failure – articles by various authors

Ten Famous Artists Who Had to Deal with Rejection During Their Lifetime by Lori McNee

News Anchor Melissa Francis: From Failure to Success

You’re Not Failing Enough, by Diane Paddison

After 27 Rejections, Dr. Seuss Almost Burned His First Unpublished Book – But He Hung In There and Went on to Become a Best-Selling Author

Entertainers Cher and Goldie Hawn Admit to Struggles with Insecurity or Anxiety