by Maria Sirois

Here is the math I wish we had all learned in school: Five minutes a day of something that lifts you + periodic boosts of positive self-regard = a life of increasing success.

If you read the work done by Tal Ben-Shahar, Sonja Lyubomirsky, Barbara Fredrickson and others, you’ll come to understand that happiness leads to health, work success, relational well-being, psychological strength and increasing resilience. In other words, there is no arena in which happiness does not have a positive impact. Happiness rocks. Take today, and ask yourself, “If I were to choose a five-minute something today that would lift me, increase joy, bring about excitement, elevate my mood, and amplify curiosity and pride, what might that be?”

If an answer eludes you, watch this and then see what ideas you come up with.


For that’s the other benefit of daily bursts of pleasure, meaning, and connection: we increase our capacity for creative thought and strategic thinking and all around general wisdom about what helps us most create a life that thrives.

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MariaSiroisDr. Maria Sirois, PsyD, is the Vice President of Curriculum at Wholebeing Institute and an inspirational speaker, seminar leader, and author who has worked at the intersections of wellness, psychology, and spirituality for nearly 20 years. As a wellness guide, Maria has been invited to keynote throughout the country at conferences for wellness centers, hospitals, hospices, philanthropy, business, academic and corporate institutions, as well as for the general public. She has been called both a “true teacher” and “an orator of great power and beauty.” Her book, “Every Day Counts: Lessons in Love, Faith, and Resilience from Children Facing Illness, was published in 2006.”