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Wonderful Women Wednesday Wisdom: Exercise Your Happiness

Wednesday, June 02, 2021

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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  • PICKIE98
    i will try to get out more, do more for others.
    42 days ago
    Yes! emoticon
    43 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    VERY happy! DD is out of the coma and walking with a walker! All things are relative.
    49 days ago
  • JUDY1676
    50 days ago
    Loved it! emoticon I was sitting here eating my lunch, a "diet Tostado", one food I can eat that tastes good and yes it makes me happy. But then smelling my homemade bread I just got out of the oven and adding some butter and honey also increases my endorphins.
    I really like the suggestion to write down things that make me happy during the week and find time and ways to repeat them. I can see that in the past, food was the only thing that made me really happy. if I can associate happiness with more things than food, not just taking them for granted, that will help me with my eating disorder that I am having to be constantly vigilant in controlling My computer and your gigges make me happy too. I am thankful for both
    51 days ago
    emoticon Yes..noticing and being happy in the present..

    I noticed coloring makes me happy.. So I started coloring in my book again!

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    51 days ago
    I'm sure your getaway will make you and your husband happy. My husband has been talking about vacations since the pandemic started. Enjoy!

    Thank you. I find that even weeding my garden makes me happy. emoticon
    51 days ago
  • NEWNANCY2012
    emoticon this is great - it is just what I needed - to think about what really gives me joy - being able to spend this much precious time with my grand-daughter, Mila, while my son Sami and Eliana are renovating their home - we can sit in my yard and enjoy all my beautiful flowers that I have planted for nearly 30 years - Mila playing with Nemo, my daughter Sharon's dog while Sami is getting him to chase after a frisbee - my grandson's graduation party with our family all together - emoticon Sharon for being such a creative blogger!
    52 days ago
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  • BJAEGER307
    emoticon I am very happy. The weather has changed and I can get out into my flower beds and watch things grow. Most of the time I am a very happy person and enjoy life to it's fullest.
    52 days ago
    Long ago I started a happiness journal.
    I make it fun. I jot down what makes me happy-I use colored pens, I doodle a photo of it. The fun part is, those things slowly became a part of my life.
    52 days ago
    Good advice! Thanks for sharing! emoticon
    52 days ago
    Awesome blog! I am very happy right now and I know that reading books has been what makes me happy. In May I read 14 books and have already read 3 this month. It brings me great joy!
    52 days ago
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    I would say I'm quite happy, and content. I love spending time in my flower garden emoticon and love this time of year that lets me get outside to play. Other than blogging, Which I love doing, I saw two books to publication, a wonderful accomplishment but now I am done. It is another chapter and some days I just enjoy putting around or reading a book. Life has been going by so fast I make a point to savor each day. ....🤗 ...💖 ...P.S. I just asked my husband, How happy would you say I am these days?" ...."I would say a 9." ...I would agree.
    53 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/2/2021 11:21:23 PM
    This is the time of year when I can find my 'happy" just stepping outdoors in nature. So many beautiful sights and sounds!

    LOVE he self-reflection!

    HUGS and thanks
    53 days ago
    Thanks, Sharon, was easier to find happy things this time. I planted so many wildflowers and this morning I was happy to see some red poppies and even some forget- me- nots. I watered the garden and saw some big cucumbers growing, I was so surprised. I can't wait to see what happened tomorrow morning. Thanks Sharon emoticon
    53 days ago
    emoticon Excellent! Wisdom words emoticon
    53 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon love the tips for Self-Reflection thank you
    53 days ago
    Excellent blog! I needed this. Thank you
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    53 days ago
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