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How to Find Happiness this Season

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What is happiness? Is it relaxing in our beautiful clubroom? Is it using our 24-hour fitness center? After much research and reflection, we’ve come to determine that happiness is not always determined by something physical (although some science has proven that it can definitely help!).

At 22 Slate we hope to provide our residents with all the amenities and services they need for a relaxing and positive living experience, there’s more to happiness than even amenities just like this. So today we’re here to help our residents who are searching for alternative ways to find happiness without leaving their apartment or while they’re out and about. These ideas come from The Berkeley Well-Being Institute and wikiHow:

Cultivate optimism: “In the 1970s, researchers followed people who'd won the lottery and found that a year afterward, they were no happier than people who hadn't. This is called hedonic adaptation, which suggests that we each have a ‘baseline’ of happiness to which we return. No matter what events occur, good or bad, the effect on our happiness is temporary, and happiness tends to quickly revert to the baseline level.”

To raise your baseline level of happiness, work on keeping positive thoughts. Optimism isn’t just positive expectations; it’s how you interpret everything that happens in your life. Instead of thinking that everything is stupid or “I’m stuck and can’t change this,” focus on “flexible” ideas. For example, instead of thinking, “I’m going to fail on that project,” think something like, “I’m concerned about doing well on that assignment from my boss, but I’m going to do my best.” You won’t change the reality of challenges, but you’ll approach them differently.

Create Positive Memories: “The brain is changeable throughout our entire lives. The brain’s ability to change is referred to as neuroplasticity. The more you practice happiness activities, the easier it is for your brain to generate happiness. And, over time, you have to exert less and less effort to increase happiness.”

The Berkeley Well-Being Institute shared an activity for practicing positive memory. Because it requires you to pause before scrolling ahead, we won’t spoil it for you here. We do encourage you, however, to take time to engage in positive memory activities. Just a quick Google search will open your browser to hundreds that you can benefit from.

We hope you find happiness here in Madison, WI with these suggestions. Share any of your own tips or ideas in the comments below. Thanks for reading.