Wellbeing Blog

August 18, 2016

Get Some Satisfaction

Five specific character traits have been identified as the most highly related to life happiness and satisfaction. They are hope, zest, gratitude, curiosity and love. Here are some simple activities that can help you boost these traits in your everyday life to get more satisfaction.


Hope: Hope is a combination of setting goals, having the tenacity and perseverance to pursue them, and believing in our own abilities. In order to cultivate more hope, start by visualizing the best possible version of yourself. What does it look like and what are the next achievable steps you can take toward this goal? Write down your answers. This will help you create a logical structure for the future and can help you identify concrete possibilities for improvement. Lastly, always remember that your track record for surviving tough days so far is 100 percent, which should certainly give you hope!

Zest: Zest is approaching life with vigor and enthusiasm. The winning combination for cultivating more zest is a mix of exercise, social connection and savoring the moment. In order to feel fully energized in the world around you; plan a hike with a friend, join a recreational sports league or engage in any other new physically active adventure while enjoying the company of others.

Gratitude: When it comes to maintaining a sense of gratitude and appreciation, practice makes perfect. We must make an effort to acknowledge, reflect on and emphasize the good things in life and watch carefully for negative self-talk. A gratitude journal can help keep yourself accountable. Each day, write down the best part of your day and one person you are grateful for. If you feel inclined, you could even reach out to that person directly to let them know.

Curiosity: Curious how curiosity leads to happiness? It’s the fastest route to a profoundly satisfying sense of accomplishment. Curiosity helps us tap into our intellectual potential, master new tasks and reap social rewards. Reawaken your curiosity by reframing boring situations. Look for details in everyday situations you wouldn’t normally notice and seek to learn more about them.

Love: Whether or not you subscribe to the notion that “love is all you need,” it is at least an important part of a happy life! Take time each day to cultivate more love by sitting quietly for a moment and wishing yourself and others happiness and peace. Try something simple like “may my sister find happiness and love” or “may my son be strong and healthy”. Also, look for opportunities every day offer small gestures or words of kindness to those you encounter.


Discover more in the August edition of CBIZ Wellbeing Insights

You’ll also find:

10 Keys to a Happier Life

On the Menu: Zucchini

Back-to-School Tips for Parents

Mindful Minute: Becoming a more positive thinker

App in a Snap: 5 Minute Journal

Financial Focus: How to Buy Happiness


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