Lisa Cypers Kamen

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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Harvesting Happiness: Attitude

By Lisa Cypers Kamen. Happiness, as I’ve said before, starts with you. It is all about your attitude toward life and the situations you face in daily living. You have to look at what you have accomplished in a day, week, and month etc – not what you haven’t accomplished. If you are having trouble finding happiness in your day and it seems like your attitude is shifting to negative things, here are a few tips for you: Try to change the way you look at things by looking at the bright side.  Focus on solutions, not the problems. Listen… Read more.

Harvesting Happiness: Being Positive

By Lisa Cypers Kamen. Being positive whenever possible makes you and those around you feel good. How can you do that? The following acronym should give you some ideas. P – People. What kind of people are you surrounding yourself with? Try to be around those who are positive and avoid negative people whenever possible. O– Optimism. Find the optimism in your life even if it’s a small thing. S – Smile. Something as simple as that can change your mood from negative to positive in a matter of seconds. You can also contribute to someone else’s well-being by smiling…. Read more.

Harvesting Happiness: Defining Happiness

By Lisa Cypers Kamen. Everyone defines happiness differently. It makes sense, as no two people are alike. The way you define happiness in your life may be likened to a person’s fingerprint – no two are alike. It helps to ask yourself, “Am I looking for the happy moments in my life? Am I defining happiness in a way that brings me to a positive place in my life?” You may even want to ask yourself, “How am I defining happiness?” In previous blogs, I’ve mentioned writing down one thing every day that made you happy or starting a gratitude journal… Read more.

Harvesting Happiness: Happiness Is…

By Lisa Cypers Kamen. Happiness is 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… Read more.

Harvesting Happiness: Seek Happiness

By Lisa Cypers Kamen. Happiness can be likened to hidden treasure – and just like you would use a map to seek that treasure – you can seek happiness in life. The biggest question you are faced with when seeking happiness is how? How do I find that small nugget of happiness in a chaotic life? Do I even have happiness in my life? Sometimes we can’t even see it. Just like someone looking for gold or some other treasure, you have to dig for it and keep searching until you find it. Put in a simpler way – you… Read more.

Harvesting Happiness: Winter Blues

By Lisa Cypers Kamen. With winter and colder temperatures here to stay, you may be feeling what can be termed the winter blues or Seasonal Affective Disorder. However, you can find happiness despite these feelings. How can you beat those winter blues? You might try a brisk walk or you could take up a winter sport. Just remember to adapt your exercise to winter conditions. Exercise releases endorphins, which keep you in a good mood and the effects can last long after your workout is done. Learn something new by taking up a new hobby. This will make you feel… Read more.

Harvesting Happiness: How to Find Happiness

By Lisa Cypers Kamen. You might be asking yourself, “How can I find happiness? What can I do right now to get the most happiness out of my life? Am I taking the time to enjoy the little, seemingly small moments in life that can bring me happiness?” We can look at each question and try to answer each one, but remember everyone has different feelings as to what makes them happy. It’s like your unique fingerprint- no two are alike! How can I find happiness? – You have to be open to looking for it in even the small… Read more.

Harvesting Happiness: Perspective

Your outlook on life and overall well-being can be linked to your perspective. It goes back to the old question, Is the glass half full or half empty? What lens am I going to look at my life through? Will I choose the lens where I see the positive and cope with the negative to the best of my ability or the lens where I see the negative and can’t find the positive in my life? In his talk The Last Lecture, Professor Randy Pausch talked about perspective and how to look at situations in life by introducing the Tigger… Read more.

Harvesting Happiness: What Happy Really Stands For!

By Lisa Cypers Kamen Here’s what Happy really stands for. H – Hopeful. Be hopeful that your dreams can and will come true. That each day will bring you something to look forward to. A – Adventurous. Never be afraid to do something new. Don’t let negative thoughts hold you back or produce fear in trying something you haven’t tried before. P – Positive. Be positive whenever possible. Positive things produce positive people – it’s contagious! P – People. Surround yourself with people who make you happy. Also with those who are generally positive. Remember that we can all help each other…. Read more.

Harvesting Happiness: Self Reflection

By Lisa Cypers Kamen. Every once in a while we all need to take the time to do some self-reflection and evaluating in our lives. Maybe you aren’t as happy as you used to be or just can’t find that happy moment in your life that used to be there. You might ask yourself: How can I find happiness? Try looking at the little things- the first word from your child, a beautiful sunset or something else that while seeming to be small can bring a smile to your face even for just a minute. Am I looking for the… Read more.

Harvesting Happiness: Keeping Resolutions Part 2

With the new year just beginning, here are some tips to keeping the resolution you made for the New Year and how to be happy. Be specific. Instead of saying that you will “make friends” resolve to remember friends’ birthdays and anniversaries or friends’ kid’s birthdays. It will make things a lot easier for you. Write it down. Make sure it is somewhere where you will see it often – this will remind you of the resolution you’ve made. To go along with this… Review your resolution constantly. If your resolution is buzzing through your head, it’s easier to stick… Read more.

Harvesting Happiness: Keeping Resolutions

By Lisa Cypers Kamen. If you find it difficult to keep your resolutions and you have a habit of breaking them, try the following: Make only positive resolutions, such as “Go to more movies” or “Have friends over for a meal.” Make it something that you would find enjoyable to keep. Give up a resolution if necessary. If you find yourself constantly breaking a specific resolution then consider giving it up completely. Don’t let an unfulfilled resolution to lose five pounds block you from making other, smaller resolutions that might give you a happiness boost. Every day keep your resolution. It’s… Read more.

Harvesting Happiness: Happiness During the Holidays

By Lisa Cypers Kamen. You are feeling stressed and it seems like you don’t have enough time to get everything done during this holiday season. You still have presents to get and you wonder if you will have enough money to buy all the presents for your family and friends. Before the stress overwhelms you, stop for a minute and take a deep breath. It’s time to focus on what’s important during this time of year. It isn’t the things we have that matters the most, it is the people we have in our lives. Take the time during this… Read more.

Harvesting Happiness: The Power of Optimism

By Lisa Cypers Kamen. Optimism can and does make a difference. If you don’t believe me, try looking at others around you. By observing others’ optimism, you will most often find that those who are happy have a better outlook on life as well as being healthier- physically and emotionally. Michael J. Fox has a book called Always Looking Up: The Adventures of An Incurable Optimist. He also had a primetime special of the same title in which he went around the world and studied people from different cultures and backgrounds, looking for the commonality of optimism….literally everywhere. I know… Read more.

Harvesting Happiness: Six Steps to Success

By Lisa Cypers Kamen. Save some money in a “rainy day” fund. Organize your responsibilities each day. You want to have money to spend and a plan for your life- even a simple plan can make a difference. Simplify. Get rid of the things we don’t need; don’t buy things you don’t need. There will be less to clean and less stuff that can get in our way. Smile, even though things may not be perfect. This can make a big difference and contribute to overall peace in your life. Single out the people in your life who mean the… Read more.

Harvesting Happiness: Can a Person Be Happy All the Time?

By Lisa Cypers Kamen. Does a person have to be happy all the time? Can you expect there to be no negative experiences in your life? There will inevitably be negative events and experiences in life. It’s just the way things are – and things can happen in life that we never expected. The loss of a loved one, the end of a marriage, a move to anew cityor country… the list of possibilities is endless. One person’s negative experience could be someone else’s positive. It also depends on how situations are dealt with. Optimism contributes to a healthier, happier… Read more.

Harvesting Happiness: Can You Create Happiness by Doing Nothing?

By Lisa Cypers Kamen. How many decisions do you make in a day? From fast food, to text meetings to tweets that blow up our phone we are inundated with media. Compounding that, we live in a world full of choices – more so than any other time in history. From our hairspray to our hamburgers, it seems that the more we seek the more choices we have. Choices can empower us and choices can overwhelm us. In our instant gratification society, where the choices come fast and furious, where do we begin in making the choices that impact our daily… Read more.

Harvesting Happiness: Does Achievement Guarantee Happiness?

By Lisa Cypers Kamen. Are high-achievers happier than the rest of the population? Is there a relationship between goal achievement and happiness? Curiously, there are people who have achieved great things in life but aren’t necessarily happy. Conversely, there are those who have achieved very little by today’s standards yet seem to be quite content. This is a question worthy of contemplation. An ever broader question pertains to the concept of one’s purpose beyond the concept of goal achievement. If we feel we have a purpose in life, are we happier? If our existence serves others, do we experience a… Read more.

Harvesting Happiness: Getting Yourself Unstuck to Find Your Happiness

By Lisa Cypers Kamen. Are you stuck? Are you waiting for the right things to happen so that you can finally be happy? For many people, happiness is an enigma. Happy comes and goes, yet it is not something that is a constant in life. Yet it is possible for happiness to be one of the most dependable elements of your life. When we get trapped in the little boxes we create for ourselves, we find ourselves feeling miserable, lost and alone. Maybe we think we need a new job. Maybe we think we need a new partner or more… Read more.

Harvesting Happiness: Focusing On Now

By Lisa Cypers Kamen. Focusing on now means that you focus on what is happening in the present. You can’t change what happened yesterday and you don’t know what tomorrow will bring so focus on what is happening right now. Focusing on now means that you focus on what is happening in the present. You can’t change what happened yesterday and you don’t know what tomorrow will bring so focus on what is happening right now. Remember too that you can’t fix what happened yesterday and you can’t fix anything that may happen tomorrow. It’s all about now- you can… Read more.

Harvesting Happiness: Making Wishes Come True

By Lisa Cypers Kamen. Before you think of Cinderella and the three fairy godmothers, I want you to think about how many times you think about what you want or what you wish for. I want, I wish, and only if are some of the phrases we use to describe an ambiguous point in our future when we will have what we think we need to be happy. In the present moment, we are left feeling unfulfilled. We are living with a sense of longing for a brighter future. We are hoping to change our current situation so that we can finally,… Read more.