Blogging Increases Your Happiness Quotient
Do you ever wonder why there are so many blogs being created every day? It’s a 21st century phenomenon. According to WordPress there are about 2.13 million blog posts a day! Blogs for business and blogs for pleasure make up this daily count.
Not everyone creates a blog to make money. Many people blog for the pure sake of self-expression, while others build successful online business right from their tablets.
Maybe you’ve been thinking of starting a blog of your own. If you’ve been toying with the idea, let me tell you why you might want to make blogging part of your life…
Blogging is good for your healthy!
Positive Psychology, the newest area of study in the field of psychology lays out five things people need to live a happy and fulfilled life. These five features of living a fulfilled and gratifying life are simple concepts, but not always easy to attain.
Martin Seligman, the God Father of Positive Psychology, studied the impact of the presence of well-being along with the catalysts for well-being. He investigated 24 Character Strengths and their correlation with happiness and fulfillment.
Although he did not create a ranking scale for what I present in this post today, I’d like to refer to the level of your feeling of well-being as your well-being quotient.
If you’re a blogger, you’re unknowingly developing your Well-Being Quotient. Seligman proposes that people need a balance of PERMA in their life for increased well-being. The result is a higher happiness quotient.
PERMA Increase Bloggers’ Levels of Happiness
- Positive Emotions
- Positive Relationship
What’s Your Happiness Quotient?
Do you experience each of these in your life every day? Using a simple ranking system ou can come up with your own Well-Being or Happiness Quotient.
This is informal and very unscientific – created it to help raise personal awareness. I figured, if doctors can use a patient’s self-defined “pain scale” of 1-10 for medical purposes, so could I. 🙂
On a scale of 1-10, rank your PERMA. 10 being the highest – “it couldn’t be any better” – and 1 being the lowest – “it’s not on present”.
Positive Emotions 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Engagement 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Positive Relationships 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Meaning 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Positive Emotions 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Accomplishment 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Now Add Them Up
After you rank each one, add them all up. You have a 50 point scale. Double it and you have a percentage that reflects the “data” you generated about your Happiness Quotient.
How you use this data is up to you, but I found it very enlightening.
When someone creates a blogging lifestyle, they naturally incorporate PERMA into their lives and there is a likelihood they rank pretty high on this scale. How cool is that!
Here are the specific ways a keeper of a blog experiences all 5 features that lead to greater happiness.
Reason #1 | Bloggers Feed Positive Emotions
When bloggers create a source to channel their interest, passions, or concerns, the experience positive emotions. Blogging gives writers the feeling of empowerment.
Creating a website that serves as a conduit for a self-proclaimed message of importance develops a sense of autonomy.
All of this leads to positive emotions. Bloggers get this. There is a sense of pride in what they do.
Bloggers know that feeling of “flow”, that place where time stands still while caught up in creating something that is worthy of their attention.
Reason #2 | Bloggers Experience Engagement
Blogs have the power to bring people together. Great blogs, even good blogs bring people together from all over the world.
Not only are blogs informational spaces, they serve as gathering places where real time interaction takes place.
We’re human. We’re social creatures, and this mean we love interaction. We don’t have to be in deep conversations with best friends to get a charge out of communicating.
Sharing information and responses to shared interests is meaningful, even with strangers.
Reason #3 | Blogger Build Positive Relationships
Yes, people who visit blogs are merely strangers sharing their interests in this safe zone that is a blog. It’s like meeting someone for the first time.
You introduce yourselves, shake hands, share some conversation, and then you decide if what person is a match for your personality. Business and personal relationships are build online every day.
The same hold true for a blog. You visit a blog the first time. You liked the content. The author seemed genuine and you think it might be worth your time. SO, you come back. Because you like it so much, you put it on your RSS feed.
Now you read everything the person posts. You genuinely like the content and the person behind the content. This causes you to leave comments, to like, and to share. But when reader enjoys the content and identify with the writer.
Reason #4 | Bloggers Add Meaning to Their Lives
Whether blogging is a business or a hobby, there is a clear purpose as to why the blog exists. The creator of the site knows why they’re online. A vague description of, “I just want a place to express my creativity” is a darn good reason to have a blog.
Today’s websites are more focused than the website of the past. We call these niche sites. But photographers, artists, writers, and busy professional create and maintain blogs for the simple gratification of creating a container of their work.
When blogs are built, people express themselves. But they also define what they want to accomplish. The journey of blogging requires the development of a few new skills.
Goal setting is inherent to the progression of blogging. There is a clear reason why bloggers begin. They want to create a website online. They’ve seen finished products and they know they can write and build a blog with information they’re passionate about.
What they create, how they create it, and what they choose to do with their online real estate is all their call. Bloggers decide on the meaning of their work. Again, this points to the feeling of autonomy and empowerment.
Reason #5 | Bloggers See Their Accomplishments
Bloggers are lucky people. They have the opportunity to do what they love day in and day out. They write about their passions, interests, or causes. What they do may even support a higher purpose.
Some blogs are meeting places with forums and communities, others are door ways into offering services that meet needs. Regardless of the what the blog does for the rest of the world, it creates a collection of work created by the author.
Being dedicated to blogging does more than keep you busy. It may be a hobby, but it becomes so much more than that. Hobby bloggers know this all to well. A blog with two weekly post will contain 104 posts by the end of the year.
A blog with three weekly posts will contain 156 posts in a year. Bloggers have the luxury of feeling the sense of accomplishment each day when they create one more meaningful post, but they also get the chance to look back after time has past and see the collection of their work.
By drawing in the 5 identifiers of well-being, as identified by Martin Seligman, bloggers create a foundation for increased happiness.
Positive emotions, engagement, positive relationships, meaning, and accomplishment.
These five features for well-being are not new. They aren’t complex concepts. But, sometimes they are hard to balance in our lives. The good news is, bloggers are part of the population who are likely to have a greater chance of experiencing happiness and well-being.
Blogging has the power to create the opportunity for experiencing what humans need to live a more fulfilling lives.
If you’re a blogger,
take a moment to reflect on this stuff. How true is it for you? Do you experience PERMA in your life? How balanced are they?
So many questions can be drawn from these insights to make you a more satisfied blogger.
If you don’t have a blog,
but you’ve been thinking about it, what are you waiting for? By setting up your own blog, you increase the likelihood of creating opportunities to experience PERMA in your life. Blogging can actually increase your happiness well-being quotient!
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