Micro-Bursts of Happiness
When it comes to our long-term happiness, is it the big things or little things that impact our mood? Scientists have actually tested this question, and it turns out that "micro-bursts" of happiness is the true secret to feeling happy and grateful in our lives.
Happy 2-Tips Tuesday!
Here are two ideas to consider this week.
By Jennifer Broxterman, RD
1. Micro-Bursts of Happiness
I recently attended an online summit where an expert speaker shared her research on the science of happiness.
We actually get the most pleasure from micro-bursts of happiness, especially when we stay present in the moment and focus on the small things that make us feel happy and grateful.
Big trips, bright shiny new things, and grand gestures are great. But their pleasure fades away shockingly fast.
The key is to find the little things that make you disproportionately happy every single day.
♡ Your morning cup of coffee.
♡ A hug.
♡ The seat warmer on a cold morning.
♡ Singing along to a song you love.
I hope you enjoy your micro-bursts of happiness today.
p.s. This is me hugging my 3 month old puppy. She gives me lots of micro-bursts of happiness. Her name is Asha, which translates to alive & well. That will make more sense when you read tip 2.
2. Five Years Later, and an 8% Chance of Living
Some of you know this, and some of you probably don’t. Five years ago, I was diagnosed with very advanced stage 3 ovarian cancer.
I was in my early 30’s, I was a super healthy athlete and Registered Dietitian, and I had even been to Regionals 4x as a CrossFitter. I don’t know what caused my ovarian cancer, but it was bad.
October 29, 2018 was the day I got the news.
I was told to go home and get my will and affairs in order, because I was most likely going to die within the year. The chance of still being alive 5 years later was around 8% according to the statistics.
I looked my oncologist in the eye and said,
“Someone has to be in the 8%. Why not me?”
October 29, 2023 marked my 5 year anniversary. I am cancer-free.
This short video tells the full story.
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Jennifer Broxterman, MSc, RD
REGISTERED DIETITIAN & SPORTS NUTRITIONIST
• Award-winning Foods & Nutrition University Professor
• Successful entrepreneur of owner of NutritionRx
• 16 year CrossFit affiliate owner with my husband
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