Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Rules for Consistent Happiness

My Rules for Consistent Happiness (
Joel Gascoigne

Buffer founder Joel Gascoigne discovered that his productivity habits were best when he was happy. It sounds simple, but faced with multiple projects, deadlines, and personal stress, maintaining positivity can be difficult. Here, Joel shares the habits that keep him consistently feeling good. (Bonus: they also work as anchor activities to restore your happiness level quickly.)

Wake up early
"I get up at 6:00 a.m. every day, even on weekends and vacation, because I love it."

Exercise daily
"We found that people who are more physically active have more pleasant-activated feelings than people who are less active." -Amanda Hyde

"The richest, happiest and most productive lives are characterized by the ability to fully engage in the challenge at hand, but also to disengage periodically and seek renewal"- Loehr and Schwarz, The Power of Full Engagement

Regularly help others

Learn new skills
"Being in the moment, focusing completely on a single task, and finding a sense of calm and happiness in your work. Flow is exactly that."- Leo Babaut

Have multiple ways to "win" each day

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