Monthly Archives: March 2014

Happiness

mumThis week we will be celebrating International Day of Happiness. This morning I was having a conversation with a dear friend whose birthday is today (Happy birthday Freda). We were talking about the research that is coming out in relation to our brains and happiness. We now know that when we are happy, our brain has access to greater parts of itself – and can find more solutions to problems – than when we are unhappy.

The other wonderful thing about happiness is that, while society used to tell us we would be happy when we were ‘successful’, research is now showing that success comes from being happy. If you do what you enjoy, you are more likely to stick with it and become successful.

So, some things that you can do to help you be happy include:

  • Exercise – not only does your brain grow when we sweat but it also releases wonderful chemicals that make you feel good
  • Get out into nature
  • Hug someone for 7 or more seconds
  • Hang out with happy people
  • Laugh
  • Watch or listen to something that makes you feel good
  • Help others
  • Keep a gratitude journal
  • Tell someone who has had a positive impact on your life how grateful you are.

As you know, I want everyone to have the best life they can – so I love happiness and have experienced firsthand how much of a difference it can make in peoples’ lives.

So take some time today to watch this video about happiness by Soul Pancake – The Science of Happiness – An Experiment in Happiness. You will probably get teary, but it is worth it.

Then I encourage you to do what they did in the experiment.

By the way, the photo above is my mum who, with my dad, have a huge positive impact on my life and I am so grateful they are my parents.  I love you mum and dad, thank you for supporting me and my dreams.

Also if you like music, then check out Pharrell Williams’ song Happy.

Finally, if you have time before Thursday and can make a short video, check out 24hoursofhappiness.com.

While Thursday is the official International Happiness Day, I encourage each of you to make this whole week about happiness: you deserve it.

Until next week, make happiness part of your day – every single day.

 

When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.

John Lennon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Stillness

DSC_0035This morning I was out walking before the sun came up.  It is a beautiful time of the day.  The sky was still dark and the only ones around were the kangaroos and the magpies.  I have noticed how often at that time of the morning,  the air is amazingly still and then later on it can be completely different. It is like the day is preparing itself for what is ahead, by meditating before it starts getting busy. 

For me the perfect start to my day is 5am meditation, followed by a long walk.   What I notice when I do this is that I am more attuned to the messages I need to hear.  Also I get to appreciate nature when no one else is around.  For example, a possum standing still at the bottom of a gum tree, a kangaroo family grazing on fresh grass shoots, or the magpies getting ready to herald in a new day.  It is a peaceful and wonderful way to begin my day.

I deliberately don’t take anything with me on my walks so I can just be present as I wander around our suburb.  The beauty of no technology is that I am able to access the ‘wise’ part of myself easily, to think through challenges or just notice if something isn’t quite right.

Today, most people don’t switch technology off – whether it is their phone, email, Facebook, Twitter, TV or radio, there is always something going on in the background (and often the foreground as well).  It doesn’t surprise me that stress is at an all-time high.  The only way to be able to listen to your inner wisdom is to get quiet and still.  We all need quiet time to rejuvenate ourselves.

So today, plan 10-30 minutes where you turn all technology off and just sit and be.  If you haven’t done this in a while be prepared to get fidgety.  Your mind will tell you that you are wasting your time, even worse it might get anxious because you are not instantly replying to Facebook messages, texts and emails.  Just sit with that discomfort and listen to your body.  Once it knows that you mean business, you will be surprised at what amazing information comes your way.

If you have a difficult problem that needs to be solved, being still will get you the answer quicker than pushing through the problem – and the answer will generally be better than anything your rational mind can come up with.

So this week I encourage you to take 10-30 minutes off each day from the noise and just sit in stillness.

Until next week, take some time out to be still.

Be the silent watcher of your thoughts and behavior. You are beneath the thinker. You are the stillness beneath the mental noise. You are the love and joy beneath the pain.

Eckhart Tolle