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By Lisa Cypers Kamen.

Focus on being positive. Stop yourself from saying things like “I’ll never finish this project” or “I’ll never have a good relationship.” Replace these thoughts with hope and positive statements, to help good things come into your life.

Try meditation. It will help you to better cope with the stressful things in your life.

Avoid self-criticism if possible. If you find yourself being critical, stop and just take a moment to readjust your attitude.

Treat yourself more kindly; it makes a big difference.

Figure out what your calling in life is. If your work doesn’t make you happy, find something else that you’re good at, and begin pursuing that in your free time or in a new vocation– whether that’s painting, sewing, or something else original.

Act happy – a few ways in which you can achieve this include expressing gratitude, performing acts of kindness for others, and making time for your friends. When you need to relax and spend some R&R time, don’t feel guilty about taking a few hours to do just that.

Give to others. This might be your time, a gift, or simply sharing a happy moment or two with someone you care about. Giving makes you happy.

Focus on the present. This quote by Buddha says it best: “The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.”

Find little pleasures. It might be taking a walk, a favorite hobby, or listening to your favorite song or music, but the important thing is taking the time to enjoy the little things in life.

Smile. Something so simple can make a big difference in your overall mood. Try it right now and see if your mood doesn’t improve!

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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, and 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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  1. I find that by being positive changes your entire outlook on life from the very second you wake up
    in the morning until the time you go the bed. The space around you is more inviting and you attract
    more good things to you. I used to dwell on the past alot, because I missed it. but it’s gone, I can’t
    change it, I live in the now and I can’ t fear or have that “what if” feeling for the future. We only come
    through this place once, to enjoy myself, others around me and what I do, is truly a gift from a higher
    power. 🙂

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