Have you ever stopped to think about how much energy we all spend in search of happiness?
We plan, we react, we cooperate, and we create, all in the interest of increasing our happiness quotient. I suspect the search for happiness only takes a back seat to some very primal needs like food, water, sleep and sex.
But do we organize our time and attention in-line with our passions? Do we really know what brings us the most joy?
Today on EWC, we share an idea that came our way via Medium.com. This one is both simple and brilliant: for 100 days, take a photo of what makes you happy. Then at the end, make a collage so you can really see your life “working”. There may be an overall theme you never realized existed.
This is important! Sometimes our lives don’t seem to be working, but actually, we do find joy and have things to celebrate.
Take a look at this TEDx Talk from Dmitry Golubnichy on their experience with this eye-opening challenge…
It’s curious though: our goal is happiness, but our attention is on what goes wrong.
Yes, neuroscience has proven our brains want to focus on the negative and rehash the moments in our day that went wrong… but that’s a primal impulse. 50,000 years ago we needed to remember exactly where that saber-tooth tiger almost ate us. But we don’t live in a time when it is a constant challenge to stay alive. We don’t need to focus on the negative.
We can afford to put our impulses behind and become mindful people in the 21st Century!
The joy of an ice cream cone, a sunset, a funny moment with kids or co-workers, a heavenly scented lilac bush, a special meal, or a bird’s song may be more common than you realize. We need to take notice of those things that feed our souls.
Here’s a quote from that article that I found really interesting:
“71% of people tried to complete this challenge, but failed quoting lack of time as the main reason. These people simply did not have time to be happy.”
Yikes! I suspect there’s a take-away message there too!
Let’s get on this… The Ever Widening Circles community can do better! Let’s see what makes you happy!
Stay open, curious and hopeful!
~ Dr. Lynda
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