Are You Ready To Be Happy This New Year ๐ŸŽŠ

Happiness is a "now you feel it, now you donโ€™t" emotion.๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ 

I know this from personal experience and from hearing of the experiences of others.  Sometimes Iโ€™m very happy, other times, sad, joyful, contented, frustrated, and sometimes very neutral. 

Several years ago I had no reference point for the word happy.  I knew technically the meaning of the word, however, the experience eluded me.  Joy I could do, happy for some reason, no.

One day during a workshop the word happy was demonstrated to me with much laughter from the audience.  Now I not only get "happy" but remember it also as a fun experience.  

There are many small things that can make me happy as well as give me endless joy.  Iโ€™ve listed seven simple ways toward experiencing a happy moment, but the first check you have a reference point to the word happy.  Find out what happiness really means to you? 

1๏ธโƒฃ	Remember or create a โ€˜happyโ€™ moment.  When you live the experience of โ€˜happyโ€™ your mind and body will remember.  Feel the happiness in all parts of you, expand this feeling if need be.  Practice this daily.

2๏ธโƒฃ	Access the Present moment.  Notice what happens to you when youโ€™re totally focused on a comedy show on television, when you listen to light-hearted music or when you dance - even if itโ€™s on your own.  I sometimes groove to a tune in my office when no-oneโ€™s looking โ€“ it makes me feel good, cool, give me a break from what Iโ€™m doing and I laugh at myself! 

3๏ธโƒฃ	Invite friends over for some playtime.  Organize paper, crayons, paint, and colored pencils, whatever you can think of and do some drawings or paintings.  You could also ask each person to bring along a plate of food.

 4๏ธโƒฃ	Spend time with nature, go for a walk down the beach or park; observe wildlife in your area or visit a plant nursery.  Notice your mood when amongst the spirit of nature.

5๏ธโƒฃ	Take something with you that gives you great pleasure such as a book, journal for writing or your MP3 player and sit and "Be" under the canopies of trees for a few hours.

6๏ธโƒฃ	Learn something totally new such as another language; pottery or painting or start your meditation, personal or spiritual development program.  Youโ€™re only ever limited by your own imagination.   

7๏ธโƒฃ Join a club or group that you have an interest in.(like my Facebook group)๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿพ Unleashing Your Mask You can then expand your friendship base with other like-minded souls. 

With any of the above activities assess what and how youโ€™re feeling as well as where you feel the emotion and how much are you laughing, grinning, or smiling?  Remember them totally by living the experience and you will then be able to recall this memory when you want to.

Include to memory your experience colors, smells, sounds, and tastes โ€“ all the better for remembering your happy time with.

Quiet time spent alone can open the door to the possibility of connection to that most amazing and magical part of you that is your true self, the spirit within.๐ŸŒŸ

From my experience, the key to a happy life begins with remembering who you are, know what gives you enjoyment, be present, and know that regardless of your circumstances no-one can take away your thoughts or dreams, they are yours to keep for as long as you wish.๐Ÿ’– 

XoXo

Olivia B. Shepherd
Transformation Coach/Mentor

Published by Olivia B. Shepherd

Welcome, My name is Olivia Shepherd, and I am the founder of this awesome blog about depression and mental illness. I started this blog in 2016 after being diagnosed with Major Depression, Anxiety and PTSD. I didn't have anybody to talk too or share my feelings with, so I decided to share them publicly to help others. I'm passionate and dedicated to bringing awareness about mental health, especially in the African American community. I also want to empower your voice to speak up and fight the stigma surrounding this illness. Iโ€™m also the founder of AshesToBeauty Mentoring & Outreach, a virtual online service dedicated to to the positive development and accelerated recovery of girls and women who have experienced abuse and depression, Ashes To Beauty strives to empower women to take their lives back by providing life skill education, one-on-one mentorship and impactful personal tools by which these impacted women can build the foundation for a successful future. Look forward to having you read my blog, ๐“ž๐“ต๐“ฒ๐“ฟ๐“ฒ๐“ช ๐“‘. ๐“ข๐“ฑ๐“ฎ๐“น๐“ฑ๐“ฎ๐“ป๐“ญ ๐Ÿ’‹

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