Tap Into Happiness

If you find yourself feeling a little low here’s an exercise you might want to try to make you feel HAPPIER.

Find a photo of yourself from a time when you were really happy.

Take a few moments to just sit and stare at it; immerse yourself in those happy memories. Try and allow all the sights, sounds, and scents from the occasion to flood in. Really take yourself back to the moment.

As you do this there are actually some physiological changes taking place which will be making you feel a little better.

Dwell in the moment a little longer, then pop the photo somewhere like your desk drawer or inside your diary. (I find the effect fades if I’m too profligate and look too often, but a peek now and again works wonders!)

The more observant among you may have noticed that the photo bears a resemblance to me. It was taken on my 50th birthday when I was surrounded by family and friends and having an amazing time. My brother took it and captioned it ‘pure joy’. He was right. Looking at it always makes me smile, and now I always wear a (toy) tiara on birthdays!

When was your last ‘pure joy’ moment!

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Posted on January 27th, 2010 by

4 Responses to “Tap Into Happiness”

  1. Wendy says:

    My last pure joy moment was just before xmas, my daughters 4th birthday party. We all had a fabulous time, but I didn’t realise just how much that was so, until I looked at the pictures. As my daugher put it ” that was the best birthday ever!”

    • Jane says:

      That sounds like a lovely memory! I think it’s really important to celebrate when we can. A nice deposit in your happiness bank!

  2. That’s a great idea, Jayne! My little camera and I now take lots of photos but not of me. Many of the photos I take are of Teddy, my German Shepherd and since he always brings me pure joy, I think that would bring me into the moment. The other day when he played the piano, all four of us were home and no one said anything, we just smiled. You could see one face lighting up after another. By not talking, he plays a few more notes. Thanks for sharing your “tiara” moment!

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