~Simply try it. A little effort can go a long way in increasing happiness. There are plenty of experimental studies that have found that simply trying to be happier could actually elevate your mood and well-being.
~Make happiness your number-one goal. People who are happy choose to make happiness among their top goals in life, according to psychologist Tom G. Stevens, Ph.D., author of You Can Choose to Be Happy. Learning good self-management skills, interpersonal skills, and career-related skills along with choosing to be in environments and around people that increase your probability of happiness.
~Linger in those tiny little, positive moments. “Our brains are wired to scout for all that’s bad — the brain is like velcro for negative experiences and Teflon for positive ones. This “negativity bias” causes the brain to react intensely to bad news, compared to how it responds to the good news. But we can counter the brain’s negativity bias — which triggers us to form stronger bad memories than good ones — by appreciating and lingering on those tiny, positive moments.” – according to Rick Hanson, neuropsychologist and author of Hardwiring Happiness.
~Choose mindfulness. The secret to happiness could be as simple (and difficult) as becoming more mindful. Meditation — a practice that anyone can do, anywhere, so long as they’re willing to sit and try to silence the mind — is thought to be a happiness-booster. I used to think that this “meditation stuff” was . . . excuse me for saying — bullshit! But, I have been using meditation since 2003. It was actually prescribed to me by my holistic doctor out of Madison, CT. The best tool I have found to calm my mind — no bullshit!
~Smile your way to happiness. The secret to boosting your mood could be as simple as making yourself smile. Fake smiling, on the other hand, results in the worse moods and withdrawal from others. It really is that simple, you create a happy environment when you’re smiling at people instead of frowning or showing a face of anger. Smiling can change our brain. Let’s say you experience a positive situation and you see a friend you haven’t seen in a long time. This means that neuronal signals travel from the cortex of your brain to the brainstem (the oldest part of our brains). From there, the cranial muscle carries the signal further towards the smiling muscles in your face — And you have a smile!
~Practice compassion. Want to increase your brain’s capacity for happiness? “Compassion is the most transforming energy in the universe with all the ingredients that everyone longs for; the embodiment of kindness, of caring, of loving. It is a skill that can be enhanced with practice, it’s not impractical or touchy-feely but a courageous state of mind and heart, with far-reaching consequences in terms of how we experience ourselves, the world and reality” (Mindfulness at Work). Try meditating on compassion.
Make a decision now that everything that takes up space in your home has to have a purpose for being there.
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The answer is so different for everyone. Clutter-Clearing is a calling-you-back-process it’s a process that happens when you clear the clutter in your life. As you free the objects you no longer love or use – you call-back to yourself the parts of your spirit and soul that have been loving and using this object in the past, calling-back the attachment to the emotional need and memories of this object – identifying what it is and then Letting Go of the object. It’s an amazing feeling . . . Being center in your life, making productive decisions from this place of power that you have created from Letting Go & Pressing On!
You must make a decision . . . what will you do with this object that you no longer love or use. That’s what life is right? Making decisions, when working with me – we work side-by-side with hands-on coaching to come up with decisions. In doing so, you bring yourself powerfully into the present time. When you have made a decision about this object – your energy no longer is scattered in a thousand different directions, unproductive directions, you become more centered and more focused. You feel spiritually complete and more at peace with yourself – all because you’re getting rid of stuff!
This happened with me – I resigned my position in 2014 as a Teacher. In my home office closet, there was a tote that I put together right after I resigned – with all my lesson plans, work samples, projects, etc. When I resigned my position as a Teacher – I felt as though I failed! Having that tote in the corner of the closet, I was always looking at it, making up stories in my head that I was a failure as a Teacher and I believe that’s why I kept the tote of stuff – validation right?
After coming home one day from an Organizing Session with a client, I said to myself – I need to practice what I preach. So, I took the tote out of the closet when through the stuff, and kept important things like transcripts, letters, certifications, and my ECE Award, anything that had a positive feel to it. I Took the rest of the books and dropped them off at Goodwill. Now, the only objects in my office closet is being used and loved. I have changed my mindset and the verbage I say to myself about my Teaching career. Now, I have a home office and closet with everything positive and useful that gives me that feeling of . . . Peace of Mind!
All this Peace of Mind! feeling comes from simply clearing clutter – it’s life changing! It amazes me every time when I first met a client that won’t even get rid of a piece of paper that the father had on his desk in 1950s, that stuff that keeps them where they don’t grow anymore – kind of a prisoner in their own past. Then while we’re working and coaching together – I start seeing this blossom of a person that isn’t afraid of letting go, isn’t afraid of the new anymore, ready for anything, finding peace within themself and the place they live in. This can happen for you too, after you become comfortable with Letting go, you find that you bring in less and less of objects that have no use or purpose in your life.
Would you like help to clear clutter in your life? If you’d like to schedule a 30+ minute consultation with me to learn how a Home Concierge / Professional Organizer can help you get that Peace of Mind! feeling – Call me: (860)961.6824 or Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope you are inspired as I was when I first watched this documentary a year ago
I like to think these three have stuck around . . . .
Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl