Because I believe that my subject matter for today's blog is so important, I'm dedicating two days to cover it. I sincerely hope that you'll "stay tuned" for both installments.
Being out in nature makes us all a little bit happier. But sometimes it can be difficult to sustain that feeling, once we return to our real world life. We have lots of daily stressors to contend with and often we lose our joy; that inner sense of happiness. There is a way, however, to become happier and actually stay that way.
Everyone wants more happiness, but it can seem elusive, often slipping through our fingers. I read a report recently that said the key to to increasing happiness is to develope a strategic plan for action! Kind of like you might plan for anything important. You wouldn't bake a cake without a recipe, would you? Or build a home without a blueprint? Increasing happiness needs a "plan of attack." The best way to make a happiness plan is to, first, focus on the skills that you need to learn. I know what you're probably thinking...and, yes, there are happiness skills that you CAN learn. You probably already have a few of these skills; those that you can use as your plan's foundation. As an example, you might be good with gratitude (put this in the "I'm Already Good at This" column) but not with empathy. Empathy then goes in the "Needs Impovement" column.Go through all the things that are necessary for true happiness. Pretty soon, you'll have your strengths and weaknesses laid out. Then you'll clearly see what areas need your attention. You will become more empathetic by practicing emapthy. Hey, you didn't learn to walk by staying on all fours, did you? NO! You got up and fell down a bunch of times before you got it right. And you had help, too, no doubt. So, like learning to walk, practice being empathetic. If you know someone who excels at this, ask them to be your coach.
We are all good at some things, but need work in others; that's true in just about every aspect of life; from parenting, to our careers, to sports, etc. By turning your happiness weaknessess into strength, you then have more skills and thus can enjoy more happiness!
The field of learning science shows that personalized learning approaches far exceed those that are one-size-fits-all. That's why you need your very own personalized happiness plan. You wouldn't go to the gyn ad ask the person next to them what fitness plan they use, would you? Chances are their fitness goals aren't the same as yours. They have strengths, and weaknessness, that you don't share. We all do bestter with plans that are designed with us in mind. happiness isn't any different.
Tomorrow I'll talk about how to discover your happiness strengths and weaknesses. See you then!