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“Be happy for no reason, like a child. If you are happy for a reason, you’re in trouble, because that reason can be taken from you.” ~ Deepak Chopra

I love this quote!  Think about it.  Most kids are naturally happy.  They get it.  They know that’s their authentic state of being. They don’t need a reason.  They just go with the flow.  It helps that their attention span is so short. It means they don’t hold grudges or let the past get between them and their happy heart.

But we aren’t kids anymore.  We have a past that likes to pop up now and again to remind us of our perceived shortcomings or about people we feel have wronged us.  And of course, we have the present day anxiety and disruption of the pandemic to contend with.  It’s hard to put on a happy face when you’re a grown up sometimes.

So, what can you do to change your disposition?

I have a great activity I’ve done with great success and another one I’m about to start.  Curious?

When I was writing my book Being Joy™, I wanted to include an action the reader could do to help reinforce the joy habit for that day.  So, in Chapter 26 – Be Happy, I included this fun activity which I thoroughly enjoy doing myself.  It’s called YOUR HAPPINESS LIST and this is what you do.

an empty open notebook with a maple leaf as a book mark

Make a list of all the things that make you happy. Make it as long as you can. Review it during the day and add to it. Then when you find yourself in a sad place, pull out your list and read it until you start to feel the joy return.

At first, I wasn’t sure I could think of that many things.  But as I spent more time with my list, I was surprised at how long it got throughout the day. Some things were really simple like being happy for a big bowl of jasmine matcha tea in the morning.  Others were on a grander scale like being happy about my son’s upcoming wedding. That made me really happy.

Large or small things – doesn’t matter.  The point is to move into a happy heart vibration as you add more and more things to your list.  And of course, it’s fun to look back at the things you have written at any time when you need a lift.

Now that I have a grandson, I want to expand the activity. For his 4th birthday this July, I’m making him a HAPPY BOOK where he can put his own precious images, stickers or notes to himself as he grows.  And on days when he’s feeling sad, he can turn to his book for comfort.

I created my own happy book a while ago where I put quotes that make me happy, pictures that warm my heart, and notes that remind me not to take myself or life too seriously – to get out of my head and into my happy heart more often.  And one of my very favourite images and the one that fills me with the most joy is this one photographed by Anne Geddes.  When I mimic the same smile, I feel absolutely giddy.  Works every time!

Grinning baby laying in a bed of pink roses - image by Anne Geddes

Remember, you are your own joy.  It’s up to you to see the things that bring happiness into your life.  They are all around you if you just stop long enough to lift the veil of self-deception long enough to let them into your heart. Let your inner child come out to play.

Until next time, keep your frequency high, your mind open, and your joy ever expanding.

Love from your Joy Mama,

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P.S.    If you haven’t already read my book Being Joy™, it’s a simple 40-day practice of replacing old self-defeating beliefs with new empowering joy habits. As your vibrational frequency increases, you’ll not only experience more joy, but you’ll also be a beacon of hope for others who have forgotten their own joy.  Please join me on this important mission by ordering your copy today!

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Images courtesy of Pixabay.


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