Have you ever experienced the do good feel good phenomenon? When you do habits you’re proud of, you feel happier. For example, when you help others, you feel a helper’s high – happy, proud, excited. And because you feel good, the cycle continues. Your happiness makes you want to do even more good.
But, when you are engaged in bad behavior, you feel kind of lousy. And then this bad mood simply makes you wind up doing even more negative behavior.
Guess what? A good way to snap out of this negative cycle is to do good for someone else – so you can tap into what researchers call:
Researchers have discovered that the more people do acts of altruism, the higher they raise their self-esteem. And thereby the higher they also raise their happiness.
(Scroll down for a poster I designed – which sums up this do good then feel happier philosophy!)
Down, down, down their bad mood, bad habit spiral keeps going.
And down, down, down the results for their life goes.
Get yourself hooked on doing good and aimed in an upward spiral instead.
In summary: A big secret to happiness is doing lots of actions you are proud of.
Below is an inspirational quote poster I designed – which sums up this upward spiral philosophy.
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