On a scale of 1 to 10, how happy are you right now? Do you even know? Is it difficult for you to answer?
We often confuse our own happiness with what makes others happy. Are you aware of what things brings you happiness and joy? Our family and friends are almost always a "given". I want you to think and look for other things that bring a smile to your face, and fill your heart with peace and contentment, and believe it or not, sometimes they might be difficult to identify.
To become happier and bring more joy into your life, you must become aware of these little snippets that make you happy.
This week, let's do a little exercise to increase our awareness so that we can increase our happiness. Let this exercise help you identify what you truly love in your life right now.
For the rest of the week, jot down a list, or keep a journal of what experiences in your day triggered feelings of happiness for you. Anytime you notice yourself smiling, jot it down and write what triggered it. What made you laugh? What warmed your heart? What filled you with contentment? These are the types of things/experiences that we all want more of in our life.
Try adding a few of them consciously, and be aware of them when they arrive. In order to do this, you are going to have to be entirely focused on the present moment in your life - not the past or not something tomorrow or later in the week, or your bills, or the dust on the furniture . . . you get my drift. How can you expect and be ready to enjoy a moment of pleasure if you’re not even conscious of it because you are not "in it"?
You’ll probably notice that many of the things that made you feel joy were actually simple or small things. Make it a point to "stop to savor these small moments" rather than just continuing on to the next thing. Give yourself permission to do this at the onset of your day - as soon as you get out of bed. Discover what kinds of things bring you joy each day. Be conscious of them, and savor the experience. As you do this exercise, be aware of personal preferences for your happiness and learn how to recognize, revere as they appear and unfurl themselves in the unique moments of your day to serve only to make you happy.
Self-Reflection for you at the end of this week:
What specifically did you find that makes you happy?
Were there any surprises in your discovery of what made you happy?
Was it hard or easy for you to answer the questions?
Did you find that you were already aware of what brings you joy, or somewhat unconscious of those things?
Are you willing to make more time to include the things in your life that bring you joy and happiness? If so, how can you start to do it?
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