In 2015, it takes just two days to create as much information as we did from the dawn of civilization up until 2003. Two days! That's how crazy our world has become -- surely you feel the effects with all the emails, text messages, to-do's, and overall busyness of your life. And it's not going to get easier. Here is a strategy to be happy and thrive amidst our high-tech, ever-busier world. Mark Twain said, "Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination." So if you are feeling the insanity of life, it's not all bad.
Forget Perfection. Go for attention!
Our culture places great value on perfection: 100 percent on a test, a perfect game, a flawless presentation. But there's something even more powerful in today's chaotic, highly distracted environment. The best you can do is not strive for perfection, but bring the fullness of your attention to the people you are with and the moment you are in. It's so rare that someone is deeply attentive, takes an interest in what you are saying, looks you in the eye, and calls you by name. These things make a big impact!
Make the Most of Now
Most of us place conditions on our happiness. We say things like:
"I will be happy when I get through this meeting."
"I will be happy when I finally get home from this trip."
"I will be happy when my back feels better."
If you have conditions for your happiness now, you'll have conditions on your happiness ten years from now. The secrets to happiness are never conditional -- they are making the most of your situation, being resilient in a tough time, finding humor in your predicaments, celebrating the simple pleasures, and making the most of the moment you're in, not the moment you hope to be in!
Fake It 'Til You Make It
The average baby smiles over 200 times each day. The average woman smiles over 60 times each day. The average man smiles only eight times each day. Being on the receiving end of another's smile can change your day. Even if you're not in the mood to smile, think of it like working out: hard at first, but then you get going.
As Buddhist monk Thich Naht Hanh said, "Sometimes joy is the source of your smile. But sometimes a smile is the source of your joy." In other words, fake it 'til you make it!
Dave Romanelli is a bestselling author, wellness innovator, keynote speaker and entrepreneur, who brings a unique, seasoned, and entertaining approach to today's pressing challenges of work-life balance, stress, information overload, and the overall desire to live a happier, healthier life. He fuses ancient wellness practices with modern passions that give people accessible tools to overcome stress, focus their mind, and improve their relationships at work and home. His new book, Happy is the New Healthy, was released in January 2015.