I came across this sign for sale in a local street market yesterday. I bought it to help remind me of what I am grateful of and to help me stay in touch with my feeling of well-being and joy. Do you have something, a photo or souvenir you keep at hand that, when you look at it, triggers a change in your feeling of emotional well-being?
If you don't feel you have "happiness" at the moment, perhaps it is worthwhile looking at the definition...
vocabulary.com defines it as "the feeling that comes over you when you know life is good and you can't help but smile. It's the opposite of sadness. It's a state of well-being characterised by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy:
Antonym: unhappiness - a state characterised by emotions ranging from mild discontentment to deep grief
Types: beatification, beatitude, blessedness - a state of supreme happiness; radiance - an attractive combination of good health and happiness; enlightenment, nirvana - (Hinduism and Buddhism) the beatitude that transcends the cycle of reincarnation; characterized by the extinction of desire and suffering and individiual consciousness
Types of: emotional state, spirit - the state of a person's emotions (especially with regard to pleasure or dejection)."
In Life Coaching, NLP and Hypnotherapy often I work with an individual client to help move her/him from a low-mood state to a more positive resourceful one, a place of comfort with more consistent feelings of well-being. One of my tips comes from my American guru, Stephen Gilligan. He's an extraordinarily gifted man working in Generative Change using NLP, Trance and Psychotherapy. We met when I attended his Trance Camp training. Gilligan's tip is to allocate a corner with some memorable photos and possessions that instil a feeling of well-being and joy. For instance, he mentioned that his dog gives him feelings of being centred so he has a photo of him on his desk along with others. Hence, each morning when I wake up, I look over to my cherished photos of loved ones and inspirational people along with a few momentos including a laughing buddha. To this I have added my new sign. The message that happiness is a journey is especially fitting as I've just returned from an epic trip with a team of ski-mountaineering friends. A reminder too about another happiness tip - that's to stay in touch with your passions, perhaps something you enjoy doing now or that you did when you were young. Doing so will help you thrive even when the world is an imperfect place. My passions are working with people, travel and adventure sport so the sign will serve to remind me of the philosophy and our wonderful trip each time I look at it. So, if you are searching for greater happiness, why not try these two simple tips?!