Boomers who have self-isolated over the past several months may have been just about ready to loosen up a little bit and start venturing out. Then the surge in COVID-19 cases hit many states. This is both troubling and discouraging. Add that to what seems to be national tumult and finding a way to be positive is a challenge, to say the least. In fact, some Boomers may be wondering if it is even possible to be happy right now.
While there is no magic formula for happiness, the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley, recently published an article that might be helpful. The article discusses important new research that points to resilience as a key differentiator among people who are happy vs. those who are not. According to the article, "research has found that resilient people—people who handle life’s challenges especially well, and who quickly bounce back from setbacks—are better able to hold on to the good, even in the presence of the bad."
Thankfully, resilience is a trait that can be cultivated, according to researchers. Research data from the study indicated that there are a number of things that resilient people do to find happiness right now:
- They set aside time to take care of body, mind and spirit.
- They help others.
- They use social media properly.
- They find ways to occasionally meet face to face while observing social distancing.
Read the full article for details about each of these four elements.
All of us have endured pain and made sacrifices, some more than others, during this pandemic. Some Boomers have taken ill, some have lost jobs and some may even be facing eviction from their homes. One thing I really believe about our generation, though: It is our perspective on life -- knowing we have survived life's challenges before -- that contributes to our own resilience.
As this hopeful article reminds us, "...when faced with challenges, resilient people don’t avoid negative states, thinking everything is fine. Rather, even while feeling stress, anxiety, loneliness, and depression, the resilient among us continue feeling love, gratitude, joy, and hope. Accepting (not suppressing) negative emotion is part of what it means to be resilient."
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