What are three things you’re grateful for right now?
Harvard University has conducted numerous studies demonstrating that gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness, improved health and stronger relationships.
Wouldn’t it be great if someone described you as so positive that it was contagious. Well, according to positivity psychologist and doctor, Andy Cope, only 2% of the workforce are so positive that it is contagious. These people light up the room, regularly commit random acts of kindness and avoid stinking thinking. The Zensory has designed activities that help get you into a positive mindset so that you can work happier, smarter and brighter.
A How-to Guide
Don’t worry, we’ve got you. We’ve spent the past year speaking to award-winning motivational speakers, leading neuroscientists, composers and technologists to see the effects of using our senses to read optimal flow states. Below you’ll find a few activities that will give you a snippet of how to tap into your senses and harness the power of your body and mind to reach amazing goals.
90% of long-term happiness is predicted NOT by the external world, but by the way your brain processes the world (Achor, 2011).
“The touchpads made me feel euphoric, it’s been ages since I took a few moments to myself to play and doodle. I felt refreshed, uplifted and ready to take on the world afterwards.”
Dominic Pluckard, Financial Executive
Scents for Positivity
Our sense of smell plays a vital role in stimulating mood states, absolving stress and improving working capacity (Sowndhararajan and Kim, 2016). With a direct link to the memory centre (hippocampus) within our brains, it is no surprise that our sense of smell is an extraordinarily powerful tool. We have selected three smells that can increase positivity. There is an endless list of possibilities that can come from different scents. Here are a couple of our favourites…
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The smell of vitamin C-packed fruits has been shown to boost energy and alertness, and studies have revealed that lemon scents in particular can reduce stress and leave a positive impression on others.
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This scent’s positive effects are rooted in its association with stress-free vacation time when you are typically more relaxed and happy than usual.
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Researchers in Australia have found that a chemical released by freshly cut grass can cause people to become more relaxed and even feel joy.
Sound Hacks for Positivity
Here at The Zensory, we are huge advocates of binaural beats. Binaural beats you say? We won’t get too deep in the nitty-gritty but it is pretty cool. Here’s why. Our brain works at different frequency levels. As our brain enters various frequencies, so do our moods.
We have created our own brain flow music
At The Zensory we have created our own brain flow music to help you shift into your ideal mood state. On our app, you can find binaural beats from us to help you explore other moods such as focus, creativity and relaxation. Check it out here.Download App
Colours for Positivity
The relationship between colour and space is a strong one. We live in a world of colour and the impact a splash of colour can have is immense. Different colours hold the potential to completely change our mood, behaviour and stress levels. Here are some of our favourite colours for positivity…
The brighter and lighter a colour the more happy and optimistic you feel. Combining multiple primary and secondary colours creates a youthful and invigorating effect. Warm colours give the impression to the mind that you are in a warmer climate, promoting happiness.
Yellows & Oranges
Yellow activates the centre of the brain and can lead to increased energy and stimulation yet it should be used sparingly as colours like yellow and red can also induce anxiety. Studies show orange is most commonly associated with happiness.
Feng shui believes pink soothes various energies and its peacefulness promotes the balance of energies.
Exercise hacks for Positivity
The stresses of daily life can drastically impact our bodies. Remember to check in with your body. Getting a little bit of physical movement throughout the day is a great way to create balance in the body and the mind. With endless distractions of technology and social media, it’s easy to dismiss what your body needs.
Let’s take a look at a few things you can incorporate in your day that will get your body moving and will leave you feeling great...
Go for a 5-minute walk – set a timer if you are scared of getting carried away!
DANCE! Put on your favourite upbeat music, and have a dance party by yourself. Not recommended if you work in an office…
Instead of scrolling try a really short workout! Whatever you prefer, from pilates to yoga or even HIIT!