My dad told me growing up that I should have projects to work on because it keeps your mind sharp. Working on motorcycles was some of the projects he had. He even let my kids help him. That’s when he learned that children with drills need supervision. 😊 I will write about that lesson in another post.
What I learned from my dad was yes, children with drills need supervision, and equally important, I learned that there are other benefits for working on projects. When we work on projects that are out of our typical day to day activities, they give us a healthy sense of “anticipation” that energizes our lives.
While it is essential to live in the moment, having things to look forward to generates positive emotions for us. It helps us get through the day to day nuances we experience, and positive emotions improve mental health. Positive Psychology.com states that there are four main benefits to increasing your positive emotions; Reduced Stress and Boosted Well-Being, Stronger Resilience, Increased Performance and Engagement, and Increased Healthy Choices. Who doesn’t want more of all of those? “One program focusing on increasing resilience in schoolchildren experienced enhanced student engagement and social skills, including higher rates of empathy, cooperation, assertiveness, and self-control (Seligman et al., 2009).
You can increase your positive emotions, just like going to the gym to build your muscles. The more reps you do to make a muscle, the bigger the muscle gets. The same is true for building positive emotions. Taking a daily cadence approach to building positive emotions creates lasting behavioral change. Having projects to work on and things to look forward to are just a couple of ways to increase your positive emotions. Creating positive emotions creates human flourishing. Working on projects gave my dad something to look forward to.
What are you looking forward to?
Stay curious and have a great week!