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By Lisa Cypers Kamen.

Happiness isApple And Oranges knowing you’ve made a difference in someone’s life.

Watching your child say their first word or take their first step.

The first time they say “mama” or “dada” brings an instant smile to your face.

Waking up to the sunrise and knowing that today is a new day.

Having no physical or emotional pain.

Being with the person or people who love you. Letting them know that they are loved and cared about in return.

Dancing in the rain….or walking in the rain with someone who loves you. Not caring that you are soaked to the skin or that now you have to peel your drenched clothes off.

The sand between your toes when you walk or sit on the beach. Collecting shells with your kids and seeing their faces when they put the shell up to their ear and tell you they hear the ocean.

Appreciating the little things in life; being thankful for what you have, not complaining about what you don’t have.

Having someone appreciate something you did or said for them. A simple “thank you” is all it takes! Seeing inner beauty; what a person is like on the outside mattering more than outward physical appearance. This is only a small example of things that personify happiness.

See how easy it is to list the things that create happiness in life? Just write down one thing every day that makes you happy or thankful. It can be in a notebook or a journal if you have one. Are you ready to transform your life?

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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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