The Science of Well-Being conducted by Laurie Santos, Yale University is a wonderful course that I began during the pandemic lockdown.
Here are five things that enable and have been proven by studies to improve well-being:
- Social Connection
- Time affluence
- Mind Control
- Health practices – of exercising and sleeping right
It’s great to be aware but the real proof is in practise. Practising gets difficult because of priorities. Knowing is NOT the half battle won.
Two ways to actually prioritise these habits are:
- Finding situations that support you – when and where are you able to be the person you want to be. Harness the situation to get the support. Change the visibility of the things we want to be doing.
- Put on your kitchen counter fruits and vegetables
- Make tempting stuff difficult to reach
- Keep your gratitude journal on top of your laptop/desk so that that’s the first thing you take and do in the morning
- Have a note next to your bed that reminds you of to meditate and or exercise every morning
- Use your phone to remind you or ping you
- Fill your life with people who are trying to do the same things as you so that they work as powerful reminders
- Goal specificity – leads to better task strategy
- What is it going to give you?
- Where? When? How? How long? Eg. I am going to meditate at 8pm for half-hour alone in my house three times a week.
- What are the problems on the way to achieve it?
- If-then plan (implementation intention)
- WOOP (https://woopmylife.org/)
Changing habits require rewirement. Commit to specific rewirement and record the wins to make them a habit.