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Happiness Goals Countdown

GOALS & HAPPINESS A VIRTUOUS CIRCLE HAPPINESS GOALS COUNTDOWN WHY MAKE GOALS? New Year's seems like the perfect time for new goals, but statistics show that ANNAL Naw Year's Resclutions 45% of people usually make but only 8% actually succeed in keeping them! (1) New Year's resolutions If resolutions and goals are hard to keep, why make them? Because: 1 People who make resolutions are 10 times more likely to reach their goals compared to people who don't explicitly make resolutions. (1) So by setting a goal you have already increased your chances of achieving it! 10x And 2 Because goals make you happy.... GOAL SETTING AND HAPPINESS Research indicates that levels of happiness are determined: 50% by genetics, 10% by life circumstances, and 40% by intentional activities (2) 50% 10% 40% Life Circumstances Intentional Genetics Activities That's 40% of our happiness that we can directly influence by activities such as setting goals! Goals are good for us and bring all sorts of good things into our lives, such as: Sense of Interest and Sense of accomplishment (3) engagement meaning 35% of people say that working toward a goal makes them happier than actually achieving the goal (4) Having a goal increases satisfaction and self-esteem! People who could identify a goal they were pursuing were 19% more likely to feel satisfied with their lives and 26% more likely to feel positive about themselves (5) I 19% More Satisfied I 26% More Positive Stress Focusing on a goal can also help knock down things we DON'T want in our lives, like: G)AL Stress Depression (6) Depression THE VIRTUOUS CIRCLE OF HAPPINESS AND GOAL ACHIEVEMENT The happy boost you get from having a goal actually helps goal achievement! People who interpret events optimistically are more successful and perform better compared to those who interpret events pessimistically. (7) Pessimistic Optimistic Where do you get this boost of goal-meeting power? Almost everywhere. Happy people are more successful in: Than their less-happy peers (8) Health Work Relationships Feeling happy makes you perceive events and people more positively, which helps to drive you toward success in meeting your goals. 25% of job success is based on IQ. 75% is based on how you relate to the world (9) Positive-minded people improve their work productivity by 31%, are 40% more likely to receive a promotion, and nearly 10 times more engaged at work (9) 25% 31% 75% 40% So relate positively! THE UPWARD SPIRAL: INCREASING THE WORLD'S HAPPINESS QUOTIENT When you are happy, those good feelings rub off on the people around you and increase the world's "happiness quotient"! People "catch" emotions from each other through: Facial expressions Vocalizations Posture Movements (10) We're actually Hardwired to catch happiness from each other. The brain contains "mirror neurons" which detect social cues and interpret emotions in others, resulting in mimicking emotions and empathy for others. People transmit emotions back and forth to each other, producing a positive feedback loop! (11) Being kind to others certainly makes them happy. But personal good feelings also make you more likely to be kind and generous to others, spreading the joy around further. Thinking about a positive, happy memory The relationship between mood and generosity is linear: as mood goes up, generosity goes up! (12) was associated with a 339% increase in giving to others compared to thinking about a negative memory (13) 339% Negative Memory Positive Memory Kindness doesn't even have to affect people directly for it to improve their moods and actions 2х Just seeing someone else perform a good deed made people twice as willing to be helpful (14) Happiness is the only thing that multiplies when you share it". Albert Schweitzer WHAT KIND OF GOALS ARE THE HAPPIEST? The kinds of goals you pursue have a direct relationship with happiness 1. Zero sum vs Non-zero sum goals There are zero-sum goals, which are competitive and have clear winners and losers, or non-zero-sum goals, which are non-competitive and benefit many people. Non-Zero-Sum/Non-competitive Goals Family Friends Community Involvement Everyone wins = promotes happiness! (15) Zero-Sum/Competitive Goals Career Material Gain I win and you lose = actually damages happiness (15) %3D 2. Intrinsic vs extrinsic goals There are also intrinsic and extrinsic goals. Intrinsic goals are valuable to you personally, while the value of extrinsic goals comes from outside influences like society. Intrinsic Extrinsic Intrinsic goals are - personal growth, community involvement, physical health and lead to - wellbeing and happiness! (16) Extrinsic goals are - wealth, attractive image, fame and lead to - anxiety, depression, low self- esteem! (17) 3. Sustaining vs. draining goals Finally, there are sustaining goals that give you energy and joy the more effort you put into them, and draining goals that take more from you than they give back. Sustaining Draining Sustaining Draining Building relationships, fostering appreciation, and spending time on rejuvenating activities are their own rewards along the way Trying to accumulate more wealth, possessions and approval from others drains your resources and leaves you still wanting more 1 € $ P РУБЛЬ It's also good to stretch yourself with your goals. People who set ambitious (but not unattainable) goals are more satisfied when they achieve a goal compared to those who set low goals. (18) So aim high! CONCLUSION Don't second guess your goals this New Years! Subscribe to get your list of HAPPY GOALS in our Happiness Goals Countdown. Add HAPPY goals to your list this year! Happiness Goals Countdown SOURCES 1. New Year's Resolution Statistics - Statistic Brain. (2014, January). Statistic Brain Research Institute, publishing as Statistic Brain. 2. Lyubomirsky, S., Sheldon, K. M., &Schkade, D. (2005). Pursuing happiness: The architecture of sustainable change. Review of General Psychology, 9(2), 111. 3. Wrosch, C., &Scheier, M.F. (2003). Personality and quality of life: The importance of optimism and goal adjustment. Quality of Life Research, 12, 59-72 4. Got Joy?. (2013, July). Time, 182(2), 34. 5. Niven, D. (2009). 100 Simple Secrets of the Best Half of Life. HarperCollins: New York. 6. Barnard, J. (2008). The positive psychology of goal setting. Retrieved from 7. Seligman, M. E. P., Nolen-Hoeksema, S., Thornton, N. & Thornton, K. M. (1990). Explanatory style as a mechanism of disappointing athletic performance. Psychological Science. 8. Lyubomirsky, S., King, L., &Diener, E. (2005). The benefits of frequent positive affect: does happiness lead to success?. Psychological Bulletin, 131(6), 803. 9. Achor, S. (2011, May). Shawn Achor: The Happy Secret to Better Work [Video log). Retrieved from 10. Blackman, L. (2008). Is happiness contagious?. New Formations, 63, 15-32. 11. Goleman, D. (2006). The socially intelligent. Educational Leadership, 64(1), 76-81. 12. Underwood, B., Froming, W.J., & Moore, B. S. (1977). Mood, attention, and altruism: A search for mediating variables. Developmental Psychology, 13(5), 541-542. doi:10.1037/0012-1649.13.5.541 13. Moore, B. S., Underwood, B., &Rosenhan, D. L. (1973). Affect and altruism. Developmental Psychology, 8(1), 99-104. doi:10.1037/h0033847 14. Schnall, S., Roper, J., &Fessler, D. M. T. (2010). Elevation leads to altruistic behavior. Psychological Science, 21(3), 315-320. 15. Headey, Life goals matter to happiness: evisie of set point. Social Indicators Research. 16. Niemiec, C. P., Ryan, R. M., &Deci, E. L. (2009). The path taken: Consequences of attaining intrinsic and extrinsic aspirations in post-college life. Journal of Research in Personality, 43(3), 291-306. 17. Kasser, T., & Ryan, R. M. (1993). A dark side of the American dream: Correlates of financial success as a central life aspiration. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 65, 410-422. 18. Cho, C. K., &Johar, G. V. (2011). Attaining satisfaction. Journal of Consumer Research, 38(4), 622-631. Satisfied Positive :) Satisfied Positive

Happiness Goals Countdown

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Life Coach Hub this year challenges you to make New Year's Resolutions that will increase your Happiness quotient and contribute to the world’s Happiness quotient. The act of going after a goal is ...


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