Alexa von Tobel reflects on lessons from Harvard’s “Happiness Lab” that have significantly impacted her approach to work and life. These lessons, grounded in Positive Psychology, emphasize the importance of daily routines, fending off regret, and understanding that money can’t buy happiness. These principles guide decision-making and foster a sense of fulfillment and joy.
- Value of Daily Routines: Simple daily rituals, like a morning coffee or a walk, provide a sense of community and connectedness, contributing significantly to our happiness.
- Confronting Regret: Making life decisions should be influenced by what we might regret not doing. This perspective encourages taking risks and pursuing opportunities that might otherwise seem daunting.
- Limitations of Material Wealth: True happiness is derived more from intangible experiences like spending time with loved ones or exploring new places, rather than from material possessions.
- Impact of Positive Psychology: The teachings from Harvard’s Positive Psychology experts like Shawn Achor and Tal Ben-Shahar have been instrumental in shaping a fulfilling approach to life and work.
- Evolving Concept of Happiness: While happiness is subjective and evolves over time, rooting oneself in these key principles can lead to a more joyful and contented life.