A Simple Path to Joy and Success

I woke up this morning and what was the first thing I did? Picked up my cell phone and began scrolling. I read through my emails, checked social media – Instagram and LinkedIn and in doing so, I found an insightful article by Inc. Magazine on Worklife Balance.

As I read, I began to formulate the content and carve out some of the key points to creating a simple path to happiness and success.

The simplicity of building a happy life is based on the little things we do within our span of control. We can control how we spend our free time and it’s easy to change our leisure activities.

This article reminded me that our seemingly minor choices actually matter a great deal. Research shows hobbies remove stress, increase resilience, heighten creativity, and help us improve work performance. Studies also show that the the type of hobbies you choose matters. Social hobbies make people a great deal happier than solo ones. And a large amount of data shows that happiness helps you be more successful.

Now here comes the interesting part. Findings from a recent study found that out of 27 leisure activities, online activities brings people the least joy. At the top of the list are

– Texting
– Email
– Social media
– Browsing the internet.

All the things that I woke up to this Saturday morning! The only activities people liked less than being online were things like commuting, being sick in bed, and dealing with admin or finances. Wow, what a comparison.

Leisure activities that brought people the most happiness included joyful activities, such as
– Attending performances
– Going to museums and libraries
– Exercise and sports
– Gardening
– Performing music
– Hanging out with friends
– Being out in nature

Looking over this list, I see all the activities I enjoy and the variety of activities that my husband and kids enjoy also. This is doable and scoping out the time for self-care is important.

Change is hard, especially when it come to changing the big things in life, such as changing your career, your spouse, and where you live. But changing what you do on your time away from work is easy and the research suggests it could bring you more immediate joy. So I am getting off line and enjoying the weekend with family and friends as we attend my daughter’s high school graduation!

How much time do you spend doing your most joyful activities?

Read the full Inc. Magazine article here https://lnkd.in/g2n4tjSD

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