This is the time of the year, when people look back to what they have done in the previous year and try to assess where they got to. It is a great time to get rid of things, thoughts, patterns in your life, which don’t work for you anymore, and set goals for what you would like to achieve now. I love this period of time. Although you can change your life any day at any time, at the beginning of the year it feels more “official” if you like, because lot of us seem to do it.
2012 and You
2012 is a very special year. We reached the end of a universal cycle as the Mayans predicted it, our collective consciousness changes drastically; we have more collective knowledge and the technical background to connect with each other anywhere in the world than ever before, such as the internet. As a result of that we have to take more responsibility for what we do as individuals. It has never been so important to work on ourselves, to help others feel better, to work together not against each other and as a result of this domino effect to make our world a happier place.
As you probably already heard of it some people think it will be the end of the world in 2012. Others say it will be the end of the world as we know it. I don’t know about you, but I believe in the latter one. I was educated to be a commercial economist. I understand how speculation i.e. people’s expectations influences the financial world. I believe the same is true for our own life and what we expect from it. If we all want peace, love and happiness for ourselves and our loved ones; we have more chance to get it, than if we start panicking and create worst case scenarios in our head or lay back and wait for others to decide what’s happening, thinking “I am such a small dot in this game, I can’t do anything about it”. And you are so wrong thinking that.
You may not have direct influence on politics, taxes, poverty, however you do have the power to manage your own creative mind. You are also the centre of a network of people, “your own personal Universe”, which is connected to “other peoples’ personal Universes”. Think about it, how far you could reach through your connections if you added it all up. You know someone, who knows someone ……… whose friend is someone famous, who has the money and/or the influence to change things the positive way. Right? So please don’t tell me you and what you do, do not count. Many people rely on you, whether they are your family members, friends, neighbours, colleagues…
It’s up to you. Let’s think about it how you can contribute to the happiness of all these people we talked about, including yourself!
Happiness – amazing word. We mention it nearly every day, but what does it really mean to be happy?
Honestly what do you need in your life to make you feel happy? Let’s do it for real. Get a pen and paper and write down the first 10 things come into your mind. Obviously there are many different answers to this question. There are no right or wrong ones though. Now tick those of them, which you already have currently in your life. Thank you. Now add them up. How many out of 10 did you score?
Just for the record I scored 8 out of 10, and here are my answers: loving partner, loving family, friends, enough money to live on, good health, peace, being creative, walks at the sea, have a lovely dog, helping others.
If the result is 5+, then you already have at least 60% of what makes you happy. Are you surprised? You scored well, but you still don’t feel happiness? Is that right? So you need to start thinking differently about what you have. Appreciate it! Be grateful for it!
Did you only score 5 or less? Do you want to increase your good scores?
Write a Gratefulness Journal
You are so busy every day trying to juggle around thousands of things, you are likely to forget most of the things happened with you during the day. Adjust your filters of viewing your world and set your focus on the positive things. This is where the journal comes handy.
Every evening write down at least one thing you were grateful for that day. Of course the more you can write down, the faster you can get where you want to be i.e. feeling Happy. You will be amazed how many more things you will discover that makes you feel happy, even in a week, although you never thought about it that way.
Why is being in a happy frame of mind so important?
We, human beings tend to think negatively or take the good moments in our life for granted.
Discovering good things in your life encourages positive thinking. Being grateful for what you have, increases your ability to feel happy. When you feel happy, your energy raises, so you are more likely to come up with new ideas. When you are happy you also send out invisible, but positive vibes so you attract more good things into your life, such as new friends, love, a new job…
How to spread HAPPINESS?
When you feel you are good at appreciating what you have, don’t stop there, take it up a level! In addition to thinking it through what makes you happy, write down what you think will make your loved ones happy. Start actively searching for ways of making them happy too. These don’t need to be big things. A smile, to carry the shopping bag for someone, to have some time for your kids when they really need a cuddle or just you being there for them, etc. This way you give happiness, which is a great feeling on its own and on the top of that; it makes the person, who receives it happy too. So it’s more likely they will do something that makes someone else happy too. It sounds and already feels great, doesn’t it? And it is so simple!
You only need a little focus, and 5 minutes a day, when you can seriously think about happiness! Make positive changes inside yourself by being grateful for what you have, work on your positive mindset and help others to do the same. The time is now! What are you waiting for?