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By Lisa Cypers Kamen.


One way that we can stay happy in life is by showing gratitude for what we have and experience.

Here are some things to think about as you go about your day:

1. Accept things as they are. No matter how much the situation has turned out differently to your expectations, it is the way it is. You don’t know how much worse off you could have been had things gone differently.

2. Focus on what is right in your life rather than what’s wrong. Try to put positive thoughts in your life and get rid of the negative. Count your blessings and be thankful for what you have, not what you don’t have.

3. Say “Thank you” as often as possible to all the people who make your life what it is. A smile and a simple thank you will do. Show appreciation to the cashier the next time you get groceries or take the time to show appreciation for the cleaning staff at your workplace. It can be an easy thing if you look for the opportunities to do so. If you can find out the name of your postman and a little bit about his life, you’ll be surprised at what such a simple act of thanks will do for their day.

4. Smile. It doesn’t cost you anything and it will bring joy to someone else’s day. You can find more tips in our blog “Ways To Show Gratitude”. Remember it all starts with you.


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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. Thank you for sharing this to us. What I love most is that we have to count our blessings and be thankful for what we have, not what we don’t have. We need to be optimistic rather than thinking always negative.

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