I saw another network TV show recently on the importance of happiness! I’ve been claiming that happiness is the key to everything that’s important to you for a long time, as have many spiritual teachers, including the Dalai Lama. It’s nice to see it getting even more exposure and grounding in research.
In case you didn’t know this, there are supposedly three determinants of your happiness: your genetics, your life circumstances, and how you think, perceive and interpret. The latter is the one most within your control. In fact, the science of epigenetics has now proven that you can even change your genetic tendencies through your thoughts and beliefs, because they affect your biology.
Research shows that only 10% of your long-term happiness is determined by your external world. 90% is determined by your thinking processes and the world you create within. 90%! So learning how to manage your thoughts in a way that positively supports you is pretty important!
Today I want to offer you three really, really simple things within your control that you can do to create and build more happy moments into your life, rather than waiting for them to happen through circumstances. After all, a happy life is just made up of many happy moments.
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- Deliberately smile! Your brain actually responds by putting more of the feel-good chemical neurotransmitter dopamine into your system when you smile. It will make you feel even better! Your brain won’t know whether you’re genuinely smiling or faking one! In studies, they had people just bite down on a pencil so the corners of their mouths turned up like in a smile, and it still worked! And, you’ll find that your thoughts will soon begin to match, as well. I tested this the other day. I just sat with my face in the sun, smiling on purpose; and I felt glorious for hours afterwards. How easy is that? Try it and see for yourself.
- “Frame it” This is a little game I’ve just naturally played since forever. Make a little frame with your hands and fingers, and look about you like a photographer or artist, and look for something worth framing, as long as it makes you feel good looking at it. You’ll be amazed at all there is that’s special around you.
- Deliberately create some pleasure. It can be simple, like sitting with your face in the sun for a few minutes (and remember to smile, too!); or taking your shower or bath with the deliberate intent of it being pleasurable, rather than just doing it to get clean; or instead of just eating your meal, setting the intention to really enjoy it; or setting the intention to enjoy your drive to work. Get the idea?
Pretty much everything I share with you in my writings and in my programs is about how to shift your thinking so you can experience more inner harmony and happiness. We get into this in great detail, with experiential exercises and practices to help you embody them, in our New Possibilities Fundamentals Group Coaching Program. You’ll leave the program with the fundamental mindsets, beliefs and strategies to be your best self and live your best life, one filled with greater ease and joy. Taking this program is an investment in the ability to create and manage your happiness, and thus the future you desire. Priceless. Don’t be at the effect of your life any longer. New Possibilities are possible for you! Read about it here:
Remember, there’s no need to continue with the same struggles in your life. Life can get better and better, filled with new possibilities for greater harmony, happiness and success. It's a joy and honor to serve you along your way!
Supporting you in greater ease and joy, with a warm heart,