By Lisa Cypers Kamen.
Here are six keys to achieving more love and happiness in your life.
Know the phrase “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all”? Compliment people on their strengths and where they are succeeding in life. There are plenty of people who are telling someone that they have faults, but how many people are telling them something positive?
Be optimistic. The realistic 0optimist is the person who knows that there will be trials to face, but that in the end we will somehow make it through.
Remember how to be funny, even silly. Can you remember the last time you laughed so hard you cried? If you can’t, then it’s been too long. You can learn some jokes and tell them to your friends or watch a comedy show on TV. I bet you will be surprised by the reaction you get from those around you, not to mention how great it will make you feel.
Be generous with people by giving a bit of yourself away. You could give a little extra when you tip the waitress if she provided good service or you could pay for the person behind you in line when they get their coffee. You can even give hugs away and do it like every one you give is one that you’ve been paid for.
Live in the moment. Put simply, stop worrying about what tomorrow will bring and focus on today.
Love deeply. This includes not only your spouse and children, but your neighbors, coworkers and friends. This is the most important key to happiness.
Happiness is an inside job®.
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.
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