Harvesting Happiness: Can We Create a Happy Life for Ourselves?

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  • By Lisa Cypers Kamen.

    Can we create a happy life for ourselves?

    The key word here is “create.”  Do we cultivate a happy life when we choose to live a life of creativity and passion? Does the secret to our ultimate happiness lie in the mere choosing of it?

    You see, everyone is creative.  When we expand our definition of creativity to include far more than the fine arts, we come to realize that all life is art, and we can apply our unlimited creativity and individual expression in any direction we choose.

    At this particular point in history, we are at a beautiful crossroads for profound creativity to come forth.  The future existence of humanity depends on the birth of new ideas to change how we have been living up to now.

    We must find new ways to fuel our vehicles and heat our homes.  We must discover news ways of healing the body, mind and spirit.  We must continue to make revolutionary advancements in education and government.  We must find new ways to sustain and purify our environment. We must apply our new ideas and creative solutions to boost our ailing economy.

    It is incumbent upon us to cultivate our inherent potential for bliss. As human we have a great capacity for emotion. When we sow the seeds of joy we harvest happiness within ourselves.

    Not to make light of any of the critical issues we are facing, but we can forage ahead in happiness in spite of these crises.  We can simply choose to be happy.  We can draw upon our-H-Factor.  We can then choose to use our grand creative potential to solve some of the problems we’re facing whether they are personal or global in nature.

    We can, in spite of it all, enjoy the journey.

    Lisa Cypers Kamen

    Lisa Cypers Kamen is a filmmaker, positive psychology coach, author, host of Harvesting Happiness Talk Radio, professor and lecturer specializing in the field of sustainable happiness. She is widely recognized as an expert on the subject. Lisa’s acclaimed documentary film co-produced with her now fifteen year-old daughter, Kayla, “H-Factor…Where is your heart?” explores how people in varied circumstances find, generate and share happiness. In addition to her film on happiness, Lisa has also published a number of articles and books entitled, Got Happiness Now?, Are We Happy Yet?, Leadership: Helping Others to Succeed and Reintegration Strategies, about combat trauma and using positive psychology principles to create wellness in a post-war new normal. Lisa’s written work is featured on blogs for the Huffington Post, PositivelyPositive.com and InspireMeToday.com and she is a TEDx community event speaker. In addition, she is the Happiness Expert for the Florida Department of Citrus/ Florida Orange Juice in its Take on the Day campaign. Harvesting Happiness for Heroes™ is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that delivers stigma-free integrated combat trauma recovery services to warriors and their loved ones. Modalities include scientifically proven strengths based Positive Psychology coaching and interdisciplinary tools such as film, yoga, meditation, art and creative writing designed to mindfully empower the client to achieve increased self-mastery, self-esteem and reclaim her/his life. HH4Heroes focuses on the balance of mind, body and emotion resulting in greater overall wellbeing and the transformation of Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) into Post-Traumatic Growth (PTG). HH4Heroes offers retreat workshops, one-on-one coaching, Battle Buddy programs, as well as our new R.E.B.O.O.T Online virtual community coaching classrooms designed to reach underserved areas. In addition, HH4Heroes deploys Return to Duty™ civilian and corporate training to help welcome a warrior home and into the community and workplace. Lisa is committed to teaching Happiness is an inside job™ and helping others end their needless suffering through intentionally cultivating greater joy.

    For more information, please visit HH4Heroes.orgHarvestingHappiness.com, and HarvestingHappinessTalkRadio.com.

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