How does happiness happen? Is there some magic formula that - if you can just find it - will transform your life? Is there some big, dramatic change you can make that will open the door to life with a big ol' smile?
According to this article, the answer is no. As the author, Rabbi Tom Meyer, says, "Life is composed of thousands and thousands of small moments," and that's where happiness happens.
So how do we cultivate happiness? Meyer has a suggestion...
Spend three days looking for your moments of happiness. Every time you feel a true shot of pleasure, notice it. You'll see that sometimes they are few and far between - not because there aren't many chances to feel them, but because you're worrying or focusing on what isn't going right.
Each moment can be filled with pleasure. If you were suddenly able to see or hear for the first time, you'd be filled with joy for at least a whole day.
Looking at a flower, seeing a friend walking toward you, enjoying something you're eating -- all of these are moments of happiness.
Happiness is an attitude of noticing the good constantly coming our way.
Sounds easy enough, right? So why does it seem to be so hard? Meyer notes...
The trick of it is to get into the habit of looking for good things, instead of griping all day about what's going wrong...We're often so consistently programmed to look for the bad or take our blessings for granted, that we become oblivious to all the interesting, pleasurable and good things around us.
In a nutshell, it's all about shifting your focus. It starts, not so much with changing your life, but with changing how you opt to experience life.
Brought to you by Curt Rosengren, Passion Catalyst TM