Back to school for most educators has become a struggle with uncertainty. Add to that a pandemic that’s dragged on for months with no end in sight, and happiness might seem like an impossible goal right now. But science says there are steps you can take to boost your mood and quality of life.
Tal Ben-Shahar is an expert in positive psychology whose happiness seminar was the most popular in Harvard University's history. He reminds us in a talk on the science of happiness that this feeling of well-being doesn't just happen to you. “Increasing one’s level of happiness cannot happen in a vacuum or as a result of a workshop or lecture,” he says. “It’s about creating a ritual or a new habit. Whether it’s exercise, taking time to spend with family, simplifying one’s life, or meditating, the key is action.”
Ready to take action for a happier, healthier you? Try these five simple strategies.