What is happiness all about?

And how do you get it?

“What is the purpose of Life? After much consideration, i believe that the purpose of life is to find happiness.” His Holiness, the dalai lama

It’s been a rough year.

I bet your brain is listing all the ways this has been a rough year, not just for you but in general.

I will be the first to admit that it’s been difficult this year. My website is filled with the challenges that have impacted my writing and me personally.

But somehow…we keep going and we keep trying.

Someone once told me that happiness is a decision.

I do remember rolling my eyes and an expletive coming out of my mouth with so much gusto. That was almost another lifetime ago. Happiness? A decision? Please! But…

  • That was before anxiety.
  • That was before depression.
  • That was before suicide ideation and attempt.
  • That was before fighting my way back from the greatest fall of my life.

Now, I agree with that statement. Happiness is chosen BUT what that person didn’t say is that finding joy, even when things are the darkest, requires practice.

The suffering from a natural disaster we cannot control, but the suffering from our daily disasters we can. We create most of our suffering, so it should be logical that we also have the ability to create more joy. It simply depends on the attitude, the perspectives, and the reactions we bring to situations and to our relationships with other people. When it comes to personal happiness there is a lot that we as individuals can do.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

This, the practice of happiness, I learned the hard way.

But the thing is that when you practice happiness, it’s not about the big actions, but the small ones that are done with intent.

It’s making a choice to do what Maya Angelou said, to consider a part of yourself sacred and untouchable. That part of you is where happiness comes from, that spot that no one can touch and take from you!

Happiness is begins from the inside.

It’s that part that, even when things are going wrong, you cling to and you know you’ll get through.

Therefore, happiness is manifested.

The idea behind the Happiness Practice is to be intentional with our joy. This will be a 15-day practice to understand the idea that happiness is manifested through acts – small, medium, and large – that one puts out there in the world.  

Or, if you believe in karma, put good things out in the world and good things will return to you.  

And who doesn’t want or need good things happening right now? 

Emails will be sent every night at 9 p.m. CST with activities to be completed the next day. Some of the activities will take little to no time to complete, some will take more time. But the idea is to get you started on actively putting joy into the world and recognizing it in your actions and thoughts.  

In addition to the daily emails, you’ll also receive prompts to help reflect on your practice. These prompts can be used to write your journal, a social media post, or even a blog.

Journaling is an important part of this. Self-reflection helps us understand and connect to the work we are doing. It allows us to be present and set intentions. 

The practice will begin September 20.

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