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By Lisa Cypers Kamen.

BoatsIt helps to ask yourself some questions every once in a while to make sure you are achieving the happiness you want in your life. The following questions are by no means an all-inclusive list but something to think about:

  • Have I looked for the happy moments in my daily life?
  • How do I find those moments?
  • How do I show others that I am happy?
  • Am I surrounding myself with people who have an overall positive attitude?
  • Am I trying to focus as much as I can on the positive things in my life instead of the negative?
  • Do I do a few things in my day just for myself? Have I stopped and taken in the little things in my day?
  • Am I taking time every day to write down the things that make me happy or thankful?
  • Do I do things for others so that they can experience happiness?
  • Is my attitude mostly positive or negative?
  • Do I let others negative feelings affect me?
  • Am I choosing to be happy?
  • Have I found hobbies or other activities that make me happy?
  • Am I doing those things when I am sad or upset? Does my job make me happy?
  • If I don’t have a job, am I at least doing something that makes me happy?

These questions will make you think and get you on the path to thinking about your life and your overall happiness.

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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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