The Happiness Connection  

Change is good for you

You can never step into the same river twice. — Heraclitus

Change is something humans are programmed to dislike and yet try as you might, you can’t avoid it.

You might think your life is the same, but there are always subtle shifts occurring.

I recently spoke at a TEDx event in Chilliwack. If you want to know why humans are programmed to resist new situations and how you can overcome that programming, please watch the recording: Reen’s TEDx 

Just like when a parent tells their child to eat their vegetables because they are good for them, change is good for you.

Change forces you to learn

Your brain is designed to learn. Humans feel happy when they master a new skill or gain a fresh understanding. Despite this, not everyone chooses to keep learning.

Change forces you to leave your comfort zone and discover new lessons, abilities, and perspectives.

Change gives you belief in your ability to adapt and be resilient

Humans are amazingly adaptable and resilient. This means you can recover relatively quickly from the challenges that come along with change.

Change can be gradual, but it can also be abrupt.

The unexpected death of a close friend or family member, sudden loss of a job, or a natural disaster are examples of huge change that will force you to adapt and show you how resilient you are.

You may know you are resilient, but it isn’t until you prove it to yourself through experience that you really believe it.

Change presents you with new opportunities

Without change, your life would become stagnant.

As your environment changes, you will find yourself presented with new opportunities to do something, go somewhere, or be something different. You can see this as a good thing or a bad one.

Choose to live with the changes in your life as possibilities, not limitations.

Change causes you to re-examine your values and beliefs

What values are most important to you? What do you believe about the world you live in?

Knowing the answers to these questions provides invaluable insight to daily life.

One of my top values is autonomy, or the freedom to decide how I perform my work and live my life. When became aware of the importance of this value, I suddenly understood why working for a micromanaging boss drove me to distraction.

Don’t assume that these values and beliefs will never change.

Experiencing major shifts put you in the perfect position to re-evaluate. You will either reaffirm they are still the same, or you may discover both you and your beliefs have changed.

Change makes you more compassionate

It only takes a few months of waiting on tables to give you a whole new perspective on tipping. Experiencing mental illness yourself or watching a loved one struggle, leaves you with an entirely different level of compassion for others who live in its grip.

Being jolted into a change you didn’t ask for and don’t welcome gives you a closer relationship with your emotions. This will provide you with a greater level of compassion for your fellow humans.

You may feel uncomfortable when your world changes, especially if the shifts are major ones. The next time it happens, remind yourself that change is good for you.

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About the Author

Reen Rose is an experienced, informative, and engaging speaker, author, and educator. She has worked for over three decades in the world of education, teaching children and adults in Canada and England.

Research shows that happy people are better leaders, more successful, and healthier than their unhappy counterparts, and yet so many people still believe that happiness is a result of their circumstances.

Happiness is a choice. Reen’s presentations and workshops are designed to help you become robustly happy. This is her term for happiness that can withstand challenge and change.

Reen blends research-based expertise, storytelling, humour, and practical strategies to both inform and inspire. She is a Myers Briggs certified practitioner, a Microsoft Office certified trainer and a qualified and experienced teacher.

Email Reen at [email protected]

Check out her websites at www.ReenRose.com, or www.ModellingHappiness.com

The views expressed are strictly those of the author and not necessarily those of Castanet. Castanet does not warrant the contents.

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