LOOK AND BE HAPPY
Happiness is not about a single moment or a constant high. It's a sum of experiences. You can have unpleasant times and still achieve overall happiness.
The good news is most people can increase their happiness. By applying proven tools, some which take only a few minutes to implement, one can learn to appreciate positive circumstances, shape surroundings, discover optimal practices, and benefit from understanding the mind-body connection.
One technique to help increase happiness is to surround yourself with items that will inspire you to be happy. This could include photos of people who are significant to you, inspirational quotes, pictures of your favorite places, artwork, memorabilia, movie posters, plants, flowers, meaningful books, family members’ craft projects, letters, emails, cards, toys, and anything that is positively meaningful to you. Make sure to notice the items as often as possible, even for a few minutes every day.
To get started, add just one item. Choose something that as soon as you look at it, or even think about it, it brings a smile to your face. Put it somewhere you'll be sure to notice it.
If you're applying this technique to your workspace, remember to be considerate and use items that do not offend colleagues or break workplace policies.
You can be happier and flourish. Sometimes, increasing your happiness is as simple as looking around you.
Lisa-Michelle specializes in effectiveness, leadership, career, and positive psychology coaching. She helps people achieve remarkable goals and dreams, transition careers, develop strategic business plans, establish optimal work-life balance, find greater happiness at work and in every day life, and create stress-relief routines. She is an adjunct professor, speaker, and has held many leadership and volunteer positions. She enjoys traveling, hiking, nature, animals, cooking, baking, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.