Like rain dripping into and filling a bucket, your life can become happier one drop at a time.
Yogi Berra is reported to have said, “It’s like deja vu, all over again.” Was he talking about our lives and how we seem to be on a merry-go-round bumping into the same problems over and over again? What does it take to step off into a new direction? If he were asked how many psychologists it takes to change a light bulb Yogi might have answered, “only one, but the light bulb has to really want to change.” Are you ready? How is your light? Your happiness?
Right now what can you do to add another drop of happiness to your life? Remember, happiness is a road you travel along, not a destination.
Small Moments of Happiness
Notice that when you laugh you are happy. Notice especially that when you are laughing your whole body is moving. It’s in motion. You have stopped thinking, have let go and relaxed and allowed your body to move and shake. The trick to being happy is to have more small moments of happiness and then let the natural brain chemistry learn to stimulate this happy response more and more often.
Right now recall a moment when you were happy. Expand the image of that or the sense of that moment of happiness. Make it big and bigger in your minds eye. Put it on a TV screen, a movie screen, an I-max screen.
Or, you can also pretend. That’s right, merely make up a good thought. It works just as well. The brain does not differentiate between real and pretend. It just registers a path for each thought. As you have more happy thoughts the path gets deeper and easier to access and reverberate with other thoughts. That’s it. Hold onto the awareness of happiness and let it soak into your body down into your finger tips and toes.
Advanced Practice (for even faster changes)
- More drops fill your bucket faster. Every hour think ten happy thoughts. They can be real or pretend. The groove in the brain will get deeper either way.
- When an unhappy thought comes up, immediately think the opposite. Turn it into an opportunity to experience a happy thought when you most need it. Again, its okay to pretend.
- Before you fall asleep at night review happy thoughts. Form an intention to continue filling your bucket with happy thoughts tomorrow. As you sleep the brain continues to process the last conscious thoughts you have.