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Constructing a foundation for your happiness

April 12, 2011

A Great Idea…

“Happiness isn’t a knock of good fortune that we must await, like the end of a rainy season.  Neither is it something that we must find, like a freeway exit or a lost wallet, if only we knew the secret path and if only we could acquire the right job or find the right boyfriend I prefer to think of the creation or construction of happiness because research shows that it’s in our power to fashion it for ourselves.” (Sonja Lyubomirsky, research psychologist, in her book, The How of Happiness. p 15)

In Other Words…

Research suggests that the foundation for happiness is formed by savoring the past, present, and future.  Of course there are many details about how we do this effectively but this gets the process of happiness underway in our lives.

How this Applies to You…

Here a few things you can do right now to increase your happiness: You can remember the good things that have happened in your past and you can rewrite your bad memories by thinking of the good that came out of them. Happiness in your present can be found by stopping to savor and appreciate the small things in life: a child’s laughter, a blooming flower, the taste of your favorite dessert. Happiness in your future comes by anticipating the possibilities of good things yet to come.

 To Find Out More…

For an excellent (and free!) program on improving your personal well-being, check out The Personal Journey or Managing Stress at www.arfamilies.org.

For more in-depth reading we recommend The How of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky or Authentic Happiness by Martin E.P. Seligman.

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