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Saturday

 I was recently listening to TED talks, and I couldn't help but share this podcast. I know this might seem like an odd topic/post for my blog, but I couldn't agree with it more. The title of the podcast is, "The Happy Secret to Better Work" by Shawn Achor. The main objective of this podcast is to challenge ourselves to rewire our brain on how we view happiness and success. We associate happiness to our success in the external world, while 90% of our happiness is derived from the internal, the way our brain processes the world. 'If we change our formula for happiness and success, we can then change the way those things affect our reality.' Instead of focusing on what is wrong and how to fix it, we can outline what we're doing right and how to excel in it. Shawn talks about five things we can do over a three week period that can completely alter the way we feel about work, success, and life in general.

1. 3 GratitudesConsciously noting three new things we're thankful for each day. Causing ourselves to look at life with a more optimistic view point.
2. Journaling - Writing about our daily lives causes us to recall those memories, acknowledging the positive in our lives.
3. Exercise - Duh. We all know this one is true and sometimes hate to admit it. But it's time to put down that bag of cheez-its.
4. Meditation / Reflecting - Subtracting ourselves from today's society that pressures us into doing multiple tasks at once.
5. Random Acts of Kindness - Purposely look for an occasion to arise where you can show someone a random act of kindness.

By doing these simple tasks 21 days in a row, studies have shown that you can rewire your brain to look at the world more optimistically, focus on positivity, change our view of success, and ultimately find more happiness in our day to day lives.

I most definitely couldn't write down all the highlights from this video in one post without it becoming a mile long, so if you have 12 minutes to spare, I encourage you to watch the full podcast here

So, what are you waiting for? It's time to start rewiring. 

outfit details: black beaded bracelet, c/o Electric Star // boots, c/o ShoeMint // necklace, c/o Roots and Feathers // twig cuff, c/o Colby June // tops, thrifted // jeans, XXI

33 comments:

  1. I follow many of these steps but surely not all - good reminder! :-)

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  2. I feel so guilty that I was eating cheez-it and then I read number 3! :))

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  3. I love this! I might try some of these things! :)

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  4. So true, I definitely agree with the TED talk. And all those things take practice!
    Love this look, btw. Your jeans are so cute!

    x Kenzie
    http://easy-lucky-free.com

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  5. these photos are so stunning, you get more and more beautiful and thank you for sharing!

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  6. I am totally obsessed with Ted Talks but I haven't listened to this one. I will have to check it out.

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  7. Thanks for sharing! I needed this little reminder.

    Ps. Amazing photos as always.

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  8. I love this ted talk! I need to give it another listen.

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  9. Kinsey, thanks so much for posting this Ted talk! It was very inspiring! Always nice to have another reminder to be happy and grateful!

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  10. beautiful girl, beautiful pictures, beautiful words!

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  11. I love the sound of this Ted Talk, definitely gonna take a moment to watch it when I get a chance. Thank you so much for sharing it!

    Technicolour Dreamer

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  12. great post, tedtalk are always inspiring
    lovely pictures
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  13. Thank you so much for sharing this.

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  14. Gorgeous images & I'll definitely make the time to watch the podcast :)

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  15. Where is your hat from- I love it!

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  16. I think that I can definitely work on journaling, meditation, and random acts of kindness. I've been stressing out a lot lately so I really appreciated this post! Thanks:)

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  17. This sounds like such a great thing, I think I have to listen to this Ted Talk right away, sounds like my kind of one!
    Beautiful photos!
    xx

    www.bohemianjourneys.blogspot.com

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  18. I love this! I have been keeping a gratitude journal, and I swear it has made a world of difference in my life. I have fallen out of the habit a little bit, so thank you for the great reminder!

    Maggie
    www.unboundprocess.com

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  19. Lovely pictures and post, as always.

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  20. That's so true...I always try to keep up with all 4, will try the random acts of kindness this week. Thanks for sharing~ love your pictures.

    www.loveangelissa.com

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  22. Your pictures are so gorgeous.

    www.polka-dotsandpineapples.blogspot.ca

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  23. It's so hard to start getting into the whole exercise thing. After a week of doing it, I felt absolutely great but after a while I started getting back into my old habits and drinking soda. I remembered that if I wanted the "Holy crap you got hot." I have to work for it instead of sitting around.

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  24. I was only listening to a podcast by UJ Ramdas this week about the benefits of a gratitude journal - Apparently it's been shown to increase baseline happiness by up to 40% or something, which is so crazy and interesting! I'll have to listen to the TED talk. :)

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  25. This is crazy, I literally just posted a blog post talking about this same video and "Hapyr" challenge. I love it!!!! The photos are incredible as well!

    xo
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  27. Kinsey- I agree, its not your normal type of post but I'm so glad you've shared it anyway! I've actually been listening to TEDtalks here recently too.. they're just so wonderful! You can listen to them while you're around the house or on your commute from here to there. I haven't heard this one yet, but I can't wait to give it a listen! Have you heard the TEDtalk on vulnerability by Brene Brown? I've listened to it multiple times & have even taken notes. Its so relevant. If you're interested, I actually did a blog post on it a bit ago-- you can listen to it here: http://www.laurenbrumfield.com/2014/01/this-was-supposed-to-be-posted-yesterday.html

    Thanks for sharing!! Have a wonderful Monday. xo

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  28. Kinsey, you are so pretty! Your photography is stunning too. As far as your list, I too practice all of these. I think you are really inspirational and all of these tips are great for the soul. :-)

    Love and Luck,

    Laurali Star

    http://www.thesecretsurprisinista.com

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  29. love, Love, LOVE this post! And that very first item -- 3 Gratitudes -- hits close to home. Up until about 18 months ago we "played" a "game" called "Three Good Things" each night around the dinner table with my then-husband and the only one of my children who, at the time, was old enough to play along. About 6 months after my son was born, the nightly habit stopped. My ex and I began to drift apart and life with a newborn, a 2 year old, and a school-aged kiddo was too much. But this post is a great reminder to bring that little dinner time "game" back.

    I used to write down each of our responses every evening, and I always wanted to make a Project Life or Shutterfly-esque album year-by-year titled "Three Good Things". I think this may be the inspiration to bring it back :)

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  30. I propose a 21 day challenge :) Thank you for this post Kinsey <3

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  31. This is a great post :) I love your writing style. Those pictures are GORGEOUS! You definitely have a special talent.

    Check out my blog sometime, I would feel honored! kyliepeters.weebly.com
    I post motivation and inspiration!

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  32. Definitely going to try this xox

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