A Happy Coincidence

Aren’t coincidences funny? In a planning meeting at work on Tuesday someone mentioned the documentary Happy, as a researcher from the university who studies Happiness (and wrote The How of Happiness) is featured in the film.  Wouldn’t you know that not twenty minutes after that conversation, whilst munching on my lunch, I was reading a post on one of my favorite blogs, A Cup of Jo (this post and this post) about the movie?

A happy coincidence, indeed. So, yes, let’s talk about happiness. For me it’s…

watching Baxter run in crazy fast circles in the grass.
cuddling on the couch.
getting lost in a good book.
eating every last crumb of my mom’s coffee cake.
singing in the car.
meals shared with great friends.
watching my dad laugh really hard.
time on the lake in Havasu.
and being married to Mumbles.

What makes you happy?


P.S. There’s also an iPhone App called Live Happy based on psychologist Dr. Sonja Lyubormirsky’s research that you can use to boost your happiness throughout the day.


Write this down

It’s February already, my gosh, and by all accounts most people have given up on New Year’s resolutions and are surprised to see themselves swirled away by the busyness of 2012.  It’s a good thing to be busy, to be swept away, so caught up in doing things that we feel time has flown by.  But not noticing time has flown by also usually means that we’ve lost track of what is most important in our lives, so I’d say it’s also a great thing to make time for yourself and to commit to plans that get you to accomplishing the goals you have.  No one sets about making resolutions at the beginning of the year because they don’t want those things for themselves – they do want them! – it’s just that we are all guilty of getting caught up in the day-to-day ongoings of our lives that we sometimes neglect the big stuff for which we had the highest intentions and hopes. 

So, month two of 2012: Hi. Let’s get back on track with what we want for ourselves this year.  Here’s a quick little exercise to get your brain back in the mood:

My definition of happiness is _________________________. 

A checklist for achieving this happiness will include:

I will encourage myself with confidence, bravery, recognition, and rewards by ______________________ when I ___________________________.

In my daily pursuit of happiness/health/success/wealth/love, I will commit to ________________________.

Maybe we also need to talk about what we’re not going to do?  Sometimes it’s positive to be negative.  Here’s some inspiration:

I will not sit back and “wait to see what happens.”
I will not put a to do list together without crossing at least one thing off of it, even if that one thing is “make a to do list.”
My happiness doesn’t look like anyone else’s so I refuse to rely on others to bring me success and happiness.

If you followed through on everything above to manifest happiness in your life would you be better for it?  The answer to that is probably a resounding yes.  It might even be a “hell, yeah!” or “you betcha” if that’s more your style.

People often say it’s the simple things in life that mean the most. Very simply, what means the most to you?  What brings you joy?  Find ways to concentrate on that joy and work towards increasing it every day. 

Wishing you happiness today and every day.