I often come across images, poetry and stories that inspire me in the work I am doing (and I have one below to share with you). They can be gentle reminders of what we already know, or ignite a new spark of knowing or curiosity. In a world that pulls us in different directions with so much stimulation and on offer, it can be really helpful to come back to what is simple and grounds us in present moment reality. For me, spending time with family, friends and animals, being in nature and connecting to beauty, all bring me deep peace and happiness.
Here are eight ways to connect with happiness –
1. Express Gratitude
Never let the things you WANT make you forget about the things you HAVE.
2. Savour life’s joys
The real beauty of life is in each precious moment. Stop and smell the roses.
3. Commit to your goals
Most people who fail at reaching their dream, fail not from lack of ability but from lack of commitment.
4. Cultivate optimism
Stay Positive. When it rains look for Rainbows. When it’s dark look for stars.
5. Stop over thinking.
Thinking too much only complicates your life and creates a problem that wasn’t even there in the first place.
6. Avoid social comparison
Most of our insecurities come from comparing our behind the scenes life with other people’s highlight reel.
7. Increase flow experiences
Flow is a state where you are so focused if feels like time stands still. Doing what you love and challenging yourself is how you get there.
8. Nurture your relationships
The happiest people have deep, meaningful relationships. Nurture them and watch them grow.
“There is nothing I want but your Presence. In friendship, time dissolves” ~ Rumi
If this resonates with you, perhaps choose one area to focus on each week then use this focus to form an intention. Set your intention at the beginning of the day; for example….today I am grateful for……..OR ……today I will have lunch with ……….
with love, Gabrielle