Posted by Dave Colquhoun on May 13, 2021
Dr. Anthony Hlynka, a family physician at Turtle Bay Medical Clinic, joined us on May 13 to talk about his experiences as an ultra-marathon runner and how we can achieve happiness in our personal lives.
Several key messages emerged from his presentation:
  • We do NOT live in a happy world and often go out of our way to FIND misery.  When surrounded by negativity, our brain focuses not only on our successes, but our stresses, hassles, and complaints.
  • If we learn how to look at the world differently, we can train our brain to become happier.  Intelligence, productivity, creativity, and resilience increase when our brains are positive.
  • Only 25 % of job success is predicted by IQ.  75 % of our success is predicted by our optimism, emotional support, and ability to view stress as a challenger and not a threat.
  • We can program our brains to be optimistic, positive, and more successful, within one month and make permanent changes in 90 days.
  • There are five things which we can do to create personal happiness:
    • 3 gratitude‚Äôs:  identify 3 things each day for which we are grateful.
    • Journaling: create and maintain a daily personal journal.
    • Exercise:  motion is lotion
    • Meditation and mindfulness: reduce stress and fatigue.
    • Random Acts of Kindness:  do good in the world.
  • Scan the world for the positive, relive positive experiences, increase dopamine levels, focus on the small positives in life.
  • We can train our brain to see the positive over the negative and it will end up seeing the positives around us automatically.
  • Failure in life can be a great resource.  If we never fail, then we have never tried and will never learn what amazing things we are capable of.