Who doesn't want to be happy? True fulfillment and finding inner, meaningful happiness is surely the point of life, and yet we spend so little time working out how to achieve it.
This Playbook is one way to help correct that. It will be a growing collection of models to help you plug into what's really important, reduce stress, and be happy.
Let's dive in.
Perhaps talking about happiness seems like a distant dream given the stress and overwhelm in your life? Then start here.
Curiosity is the ultimate reframer. Rather than being hard on yourself, or being offended by what someone said, use curiosity to stay open and vulnerable. Click into this model for techniques to stay curious.
Work and other less valued commitments seem to take up your life? Then it's time for some timeboxing - scheduling time for breaks and investing in what's important.
Inspired by Ockam's Razor, this model helps you cut through the paranoia that can eat away at your confidence, mental health and happiness. Use it often, with everyone.
Think through your relationships and consider what it will take to add to them. Click through to this model for some practical tips on building friendships.
On the theme of building relationships, why not get better at building trust for more meaningful relationships.
You had to expect this model right? It's the classic that had to be here but implementing it is often challenging.
Not sure where your happiness lies or what you're really passionate about? Try this unconvential model to uncover what you really care about and explore your unmet needs.
Speaking of needs, take the previous model to the next level by applying this empathetic communication model, but focus on self empathy, uncovering your needs and possible ways ways to meet them.
Identified what you want and what will make you happy but too scared to take the next step? Use this model from Jeff Bezos to build up your courage.
Happiness on a two by two grid? Sure, it's ironic, but it makes the point of looking for a balance between delayed gratification and feeding your soul right now. Click through for some extra tips.
This model will remind you of the famous prayer: “Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
Ready to move forward but have too much baggage dragging you down? Use this model to make a fresh start.
The Peak-End Heuristics helps you make a distinction between your 'experiencing' and 'remembering' self. It's your 'remembering' self that will determine your happiness — so be sure to seek out the high points in an experience, steal those memorable moments amidst the grind, and find ways to end experiences on a positive note.
And finally, don't put pressure on yourself for a radical, instant transformation. Focus on a small improvement each day, then do it again tomorrow. With the power of compounding, you'll go far, fast.