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Elizabeth Scott, M.S.

Happy 'Happiness Happens' Month!

By August 2, 2011

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During October, otherwise known as Emotional Intelligence Month, I pledged to bring to your awareness the numerous, more-obscure-but-still-important holidays and observances that relate to stress management. (You can read more about it here.) August is officially 'Happiness Happens' Month.

Many, many people are seeking happiness. And, with positive psychology, a newer branch of psychology that studies what actually makes people happy, fulfilled and resilient (rather than emotionally ill), we are closer than ever to knowing what key ingredients go into personal happiness.

One of the things that researchers have found, for example, is that laughter, in many ways, really is the 'best medicine' for what ails us. And that altruism really does provide many benefits to the giver as well as its recipients. They've found that you can be proactive in structuring a life that is likely to bring about happiness.

But some of happiness involves just being mindful of when you're experiencing it. It involves catching yourself having a great time, and cherishing those times. It involves recognizing when 'happiness happens' in your life. I invite you, for the rest of the month, to be a little more aware of when you're experiencing happiness, take note of what really brings you happiness, and savor or recreate those experiences in your life. (For me, for example, regular game nights are one of my favorite ways of having fun, and they always enhance my happiness levels.)

So, what brings you 'happiness'? And do you have enough of it in your life? Spend a little time with your thoughts and try to put your finger on a definition for happiness. And share that with us in the comments or in the Stress Management Forum. It's always interesting, an sometimes inspirational, to share views of happiness!

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August 19, 2009 at 10:32 pm
(1) Jacqueline Johns - Your Happy Life Mentor says:

Singing and dancing makes me happy – especially when sharing the experience with friends.

Walking through the beautiful bushland I’m lucky enough to live near.

Making other people laugh gives me a high.

Feeling grateful for all that I have makes me happy.

Food, shelter, warmth, love, all of the above.

Live Life Happy!

August 20, 2009 at 5:30 am
(2) stress says:

These are great, Jacqeueline! Thanks for sharing. (I love seeing tips from those who obviously love spreading happiness, too.)

Some more of mine:

Having deep, personal talks with friends.

Playing with animals–my own pets and other peoples’.

Enjoying ‘being in the moment’ with my children.

Going for long walks with my husband.

Bubble-bath meditations.



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