As part of the research I did for my book, Move Your Assets: From the Chair, Not the Bank!, I found hundreds — maybe even thousands — of studies, research and articles that say “asset moving” is one of the ways to make you less stressed, happier and more kvetch-free (aka pain and ailment free!)Okay, okay, maybe “asset moving” wasn’t quite the wording I stumbled upon, but you know what I mean.
It’s called, “Why should I move my assets when they don’t want to move?”
Admit it, you’ve asked that very question, right?
One of my awesome clients shared a list she found called “12 things happy people do differently,” compiled by Sonja Lyubomirsky, research psychologist and professor of psychology, University of California.
Of course, you know what made it to the list!
Check this out:
from The How of Happiness: A New Approach to
Getting the Life You Want (Penguin)
by Sonja Lyubomirsky
1) Counting your blessings: Expressing gratitude for what you have (either privately through contemplation or journaling or to a close other) or conveying your appreciation to one or more individuals whom you’ve never properly thanked.
2) Cultivating optimism: Keeping a journal in which you imagine and write about the best possible future for yourself, or practicing to look at the bright side of every situation.
3) Avoiding overthinking and social comparison: Using strategies (such as distraction) to cut down on how often you dwell on your problems and compare yourself to others.
4) Practicing acts of kindness: Doing good things for others, whether friends or strangers, either directly or anonymously, either spontaneously or planned.
5) Nurturing relationships: Picking a relationship in need of strengthening, and investing time and energy in healing, cultivating, affirming, and enjoying it.
6) Doing more activities that truly engage you: Increasing the number of experiences at home and work in which you “lose” yourself, which are challenging and absorbing.
7) Replaying and savoring life’s joys: Paying close attention, taking delight, and going over life’s momentary pleasures and wonders –- through thinking, writing, drawing, or sharing with another.
8) Committing to your goals: Picking 1, 2, or 3 significant goals that are meaningful to you and devoting time and effort to pursuing them.
9) Developing strategies for coping: Practicing ways to endure or surmount a recent stress, hardship, or trauma.
10)Learning to forgive: Keeping a journal or writing a letter in which you work on letting go of anger and resentment towards one or more individuals who have hurt or wronged you.
11) Practicing religion and spirituality: Becoming more involved in your church, temple, or mosque, or reading and pondering spiritually-themed books.
…and a drum roll, please, for
12) Taking care of your body: Engaging in physical activity, meditating, and smiling and laughing.
Let’s vow to move our assets, be happier, and kvetch and jiggle less!