Happiness, like every emotion, is not cookie cutter. It is as unique to each person as their own fingerprint. What are the components or pieces that create happiness in your life? If ‘I’m happy’ is the tabletop, how would you describe the legs that hold it up, that keep it steady?
Lucky for us, becoming aware of your own brand of happy is a relatively easy and enjoyable process with one stipulation, it’s all about YOU. The added benefit? It’s highly contagious and will positively affect everyone around you.
Try these simple exercises to create or enhance your happiness fingerprint:
1) Be selfish. You officially have permission. If genuine happiness comes from within, well that is simply where we need to start.
2) Be specific. Identify things that make you happy and write them down with great specificity. Use examples from memory, “For me, happiness is brushing my daughter’s long hair as she tells me about her day.” The more specific you are, the more you will be able to identify these moments as they occur which will boost your mood and allow you to fully experience the feeling as it happens.
3) Increase your happiness vocabulary. Start identifying your vast range of happy states with a bit more precision. There is a full spectrum of words to identify your positive perspective. Are you elated? Joyful? Peaceful? Content? Thrilled? Use them and make them part of your regular repertoire.
4) Fingerprint your space. When you think of being happy, how would you describe it? What does it feel like? What does it look like? What memories come to mind? If it had a color, what color would it be? See what answers come to mind and use them to decorate your life. If yellow is the color of happiness for you, consider increasing its presence as a symbolic reminder and happiness stimulator. A new yellow handbag, a new coat of paint for your bedroom, or whatever excites you. Be creative. See, touch, taste, hear, smell…use all of your senses.
5) Have gratitude: It really does work! Feeling low? State silently or aloud something that you are thankful for, however big or small. Identify specifically how that thing makes you feel. The boost you get just might surprise you.
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