I’m reading yet another book in the growing field of positive psychology. This one is Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier by Robert Emmons.
Dr. Emmons is Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Positive Psychology. He is also author of The Psychology of Ultimate Concerns (Guilford Press) and The Psychology of Gratitude (Oxford University Press). Thanks! is his newest and most accessible book.
One of the most revealing insights early in this new book is that happy people achieve goals faster than unhappy people.
In other words, most people use un-happiness in any of its forms (anger, frustration, desperation, impatience, dissatisfaction, etc) to motivate themselves to achieve a new result.
But new research, reported by Emmons, proves that happy people — people already grateful for who they are, where they are and what they have — tend to more easily and quickly achieve the goals they say they want.
Emmons writes “…happiness makes good things happen. It actually promotes positive outcomes.”
This is remarkable news. I’ve been saying it for years, though, and wrote about it in my book The Attractor Factor: happy people tend to attract positive results faster than unhappy people.
And the really great news is that you don’t need anything to be happy.
Happiness is available to you right now.
I write about this in my forthcoming book, The Key. One of the best ways to experience happiness is to find something to be grateful for right now.
As you do, you shift your perception, which shifts your feelings, which causes you to attract and act in new directions.
Most people bicker, complain and blame.
You can imagine what they feel like, or what they accomplish.
But if you stopped and wrote down five things you were grateful for right now, you would transform your perception and begin to act and attract more of what you really want — and even faster.
I’m enjoying reading Thanks!
In fact, I’m very grateful for it. 🙂
PS – This month marks the one year anniversary of my Miracles Coaching program. It has been a phenomenal success. The last group of participants are finishing up their program and we have an opening for you. Get all the details at http://miraclescoaching.com I’m very thankful for it, too. 🙂