ACT #5 Alcohol and Happiness


Let’s just get right to the TURNAROUND is this ACT…


As a matter of fact it makes me STUPID, LAZY, FAT….SAD, ASHAMED, REGRETFUL…and lists of other negative words.

The ACT-5 Activity encouraged me to Try the Happiness Experiment. 

“The world’s leading happiness researcher, Barbara Fredrickson, says the 10 most positive emotions that combine to create the emotions we call happiness are”…(p. 101)

  1. Joy
  2. Gratitude
  3. Serenity
  4. Interest
  5. Hope
  6. Pride
  7. Amusement
  8. Inspiration
  9. Awe
  10. Love

On a piece of paper (really write it down), consider each emotion, one at a time, and consider all the ways alcohol increases joy in my life.  Then write down all the ways alcohol robs me of joy in my life.  How does alcohol add the emotion, how does it take it away?

Click to View happiness_exercise_pdf

Annie finishes this exercise with these facts:

  • Research shows only 10 percent of overall happiness comes from external things- Things don’t make us happy.
  • 90 percent is from our internal environment.
  • We have the power to make changes to make ourselves happy.
  • We have the choice to decide what will influence our internal emotions.


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