Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Stop. Feel. Store. Write.
CLAP ALONG AND BE HAPPY!
Are you happy? Have you been happy today? How often are you happy in any given week? I think that when we have good feelings like happiness, we let them float by without paying much attention to how they feel. But when the feelings are not so great, we tend to dwell on them and notice their effect on our body and mind.
So how can you start noticing and staying with the happy feelings? How about making a Happiness List? I don't know about you, but I have all kinds of lists, mostly on scraps of paper that I can't find when I need them. But, back to the Happiness List...here are the steps (taken from A Teacher's Guide to Stick Up for Yourself! by Kaufman, Raphael and Espeland):
1. STOP everything and notice what's making you happy.
2. FEEL the happy feeling.
3. STORE it inside of you.
4. WRITE it down as soon as you can (preferably not on a random scrap of paper).
If you will do this faithfully five or more times a day for two weeks, I guarantee that your mood will lighten, you will be kinder to yourself and to others, and you will be happier about your life...even when the bad stuff creeps in.
IT IS ALL IN YOUR HEAD!