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Come On, Get Happy

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Lukas Cash

on 6 March 2015

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Transcript of Come On, Get Happy

What can you control?
Positive Psychology: The Quick and Dirty
Happiness Audit
Truth Bomb:
Riding a Circumstance High
Awesome Job
The Dark Side
Come On, Get Happy
1 = Eeyore
10= Richard Simmons
Take a minute and rate your own happiness, on a scale of 1 to 10.
Spectacular Co-Workers

Beautiful Wife
Happy Healthy Kids
Cute dog
CIRCUMSTANCES DO NOT EQUAL HAPPINESS
No true happiness is founded on external circumstances and factors
Negativity: What is it good for?
Good for ruining relationships
Good for developing addictions
Good for diminishing your own self-worth
Great obstacle for getting up in the morning
Absolutely Nothing
YOU CAN CHOOSE TO APPROACH YOUR SCHOOL, YOUR JOB AND YOUR LIFE WITH POSITIVITY
TIME FOR INTELLECTUAL HONESTY:
It is almost impossible to be in an upbeat and cheerful mood all the time.
While your happiness should not change, your day-to-day expression of it will.
Happiness has many faces and many outfits and outlets.
Happy People...
Show improved immune system function
Have reduced risk of heart disease and stroke
Have a reduced risk of Type II diabetes
Have a reduced rick of Alzheimer's disease
are less likely to be depressed
have less illness overall, and shorter duration when it does occur
are in less pain
are more likely to make good choices
are more creative.
have better relationships
have more social support
feel love and appreciation more
are more likely to get married
stats brought to you by the Happiness 1st Institute
You still get sick if you're happy
You do not become immortal
Rewiring Your Brain, and Combatting the Grumpies
3 Gratitudes
Journaling about the positive
Mindfullness meditation
Exercise
Spontaneous Acts of Kindness
Gratitude Accountabillabuddy
CLOSING THOUGHTS
We should strive for greatness:
We owe it to ourselves, our students and our institutions
It is much harder to be great when you approach the world negatively
What would a ripple effect of happiness look like?
Using Positive Psychology to Improve the Advising Paradigm
Branch of psychology that uses scientific understanding and effective intervention to aid in the achievement of a satisfactory life, rather than merely treating mental illness
The goal is to help people change negative styles of thinking as a way to change how they feel
Not to be confused with "The Secret"
1st caveat of the day:
Positive psychology is not about the elimination of negative emotions, but rather, negative thinking styles
Shawn Achor: The Happy Little Secret to Better Work
Traditional Formula to Happiness:
Work Hard Be Successful Be Happy

A positive psychologist would say:
Be Happy Work Hard Be Successful
BUT WHY SHOULD YOU??
Negative Advisors:
Assume the worst of students, co-workers and supervisors
Think appointments are going to go poorly
Feel their work is not appreciated
Believe that their voice is never heard
Seize upon opportunities to complain
They aren't bad people; they just have bad attitudes
Positive Advisors:
Assume the best whenever possible
Think appointments will go well
Feel that the work they do is valued and appreciated
Believe that they have a voice, and use that voice to improve the world around them
Seize upon opportunities to praise
Positive people are allowed to get pissed off
Great Friends
A functional vehicle and house
Food, shelter and clothing
Learning tons
Darts game is aces
YOU CAN'T CONTROL ANY OF THIS
A Model for All Academic Advisors
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