7 Surprising Reasons Why Productivity Will Make You Happy
Is it true that the most productive people are happier and more successful? Productivity and happiness may be more related than you think. If life is getting you down, you may need to get busy.
All-too-often people think that busyness is the cause of their stress, when in reality, being more productive may be the answer you’re looking for.
There are a lot of reasons why being more productive will boost your mood. The more you accomplish, the better you will feel about yourself.
Here are 6 ways being productive will make you a happier person.
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1. Checking Off Tasks on Your To-Do-List Makes You Happy
There is a real freedom in checking off tasks on a to-do list. It makes you feel like you are accomplishing something in life – and you are!
Whether the tasks you set are big or small doesn’t matter. The key is finishing what you set out to do.
Biologically, scratching something off of a to-do list sends a signal to your brain to release a certain amount of dopamine, a natural mood enhancer, into your system.
2. Working Towards Your Goals Makes You Happy
Second, having goals – and working toward them – can give your self-esteem a real boost.
Plus, it gives you something to look forward to.
When you have a purpose, you have a reason to jump out of bed in the morning. When you have something to strive for, you will feel more energized and ready to tackle what the day holds.
This will make you feel more centered and ready to meet the challenges of life.
3. Cleaning Up Makes You Happy
Next, clutter can make you miserable. The typical American home holds 300,000 items.
We simply don’t need most of that stuff, and it is driving us crazy. From cleaning, sorting and maneuvering around all those belongings, the stuff in your home and office can make you feel trapped.
And that can make you feel stressed, overwhelmed, and downright unhappy.
So why does a cluttered home or office make you feel so bad?
Here is what scientists have discovered about unneeded clutter.
Clutter overstimulates your nervous system. This causes all of your senses to work overtime; which can be taxing.
Clutter refocuses our attention on things that don’t matter, clutter creates feelings of guilt and embarrassment, clutter is frustrating and it makes relaxing impossible. Strip away the stuff and you can strip away those negative feelings.
4. Exercising Makes You Happy
Exercise gives you more energy and when you use that energy to accomplish your goals, you will feel better about your life.
Taking just 20 minutes every day to exercise can strengthen your body; clear your head, and boost your immune system.
Plus, exercise releases mood-enhancing hormones into the body.
But, exercising your body isn’t all you can do to improve your mood. Keep your mind busy too! When you are busy working on a project, you have less time to dwell on negative thoughts and feelings. Staying busy helps you concentrate on what is good.
5. Always Having Something to Do Makes You Happy
The more productive your day, the more motivated you will be to get things done.
Remember, you don’t have to accomplish great things. Simply having something to do is enough.
6. Having a Purpose Makes You Happy
Sixth, always have a purpose. Productivity is vital when it comes being happy.
But, don’t confuse being productive with being busy. Simply adding more to do to your daily task list can create more stress and frustration in your life, making you miserable.
Being busy means doing more and more things while being productive means doing something with purpose.
Always strive for accomplishing something rather than simply doing more.
True happiness can only be attained when you discover your passions and work toward attaining your goals. What is it you really want out of life? Once you figure that out, you will have the energy you need to make your dreams a reality.
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About Brian Tracy — Brian is recognized as the top sales training and personal success authority in the world today. He has authored more than 60 books and has produced more than 500 audio and video learning programs on sales, management, business success and personal development, including worldwide bestseller The Psychology of Achievement. Brian's goal is to help you achieve your personal and business goals faster and easier than you ever imagined. You can follow him on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Linkedin and Youtube.