Giving and Joy
What you will get: How to feel pure joy this Christmas.
“The secret to true happiness…”
Is a question many people have attempted to anwser.
And of course…
There is no simple answer to this question.
It depends on how you define happiness?
I prefer to focus on feelings. And in particular the feeling of pure joy we get in those special moments in life.
And joy is something that can be measured.
When you experience joy, we get chemical changes in the body. For example, our serotonin levels go up.
So that leads me to a very important question:
How can you increase your levels of serotonin and experience more joy in your life?
Well, according to research done by Richard Layard in his famous book “Happiness”, it is easier than you may think.
And it may surprise you…
Lasting joy does not come from getting a new iPhone.
Or a new Nintento.
Or the latest designer gear from Armani.
These things all give a dopamine rush, so you get a short-lived feeling of happiness.
But it is short-lived. It goes as quickly as it comes, like an autumn leaf drifting past in the wind.
And you and I know, it is expensive, wasteful and unwise to keep trying to get this dopamine rush by buying more and more things.
So much is wasted each year on Christmas gifts that don’t give people lasting feelings of happiness.
So what’s the biggest gift you can give to yourself and others at this festive time of year (and actually any time of year!)?
A simple act of kindness.
Like authentically telling your partner you love them.
Or visiting a lonely old lady who has had no visitors for days.
Or sharing with your friends why they mean so much to you.
And here’s the great news…
Each time you share a genuine act of kindness with another human being…
You experience a serotonin kick inside and get a feeling of pure joy.
And what’s more…
It doesn’t cost anything.
Not even a single dime!
It’s absolutely free!
So if you want to make this a really special holiday period for yourself and those around you, go speak from your heart and tell your loved ones you love them and why you love them.
I’m off to make this the most joyous Christmas I can.
How about you?
To your success
“Europe’s Leading Expert on Personal and Professional Growth”
P.S. Watch this space for some very exciting news coming soon in the New Year!
Psychologist, Executive Coach, EI Practitioner, Award Winning Trainer, International Author, Psychodynamic Therapist, Hypnotherapist, Mindfulness Instructor, International Speaker, Creator of the LPS, Creator of the Accredited Masters in High Performance Leadership