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.
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.
more in the August edition of CBIZ Wellbeing Insights
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