Did you ever have a class about “Happiness?” I know it was not offered in my high school or the college I attended. I wish it was! In 2011, someone I knew and cared about killed herself and it was a shock to me. I realized how unhappy she was and I knew I never wanted that to be me. I began to focus more on my happiness. I brought a happiness coach into my life and I took classes to learn how happiness is a choice. It is. We can choose to be happy, or not. So I began to offer classes to my team to share happiness with them too.
Some of them told me that it made a profound difference in their life at work and at home.In the following year, the Harvard Business Review splashed a big yellow happy face on its cover and announced that companies should pay attention to happiness within their teams. We were ahead of the curve. We were already paying attention to bringing more happiness into our lives. Yay! It sounds so easy, doesn’t it? Well, it is not always easy.Happiness is a science, and like all things, it has to be understood, accepted and implemented.
Happiness research and articles fascinate me. I am drawn to learn more to apply happiness in my daily life. However, life throws challenges and obstacles in the way and I know the only thing I can control is my reaction. I choose happiness. I choose a positive mindset. I choose to see challenges and mistakes as learning opportunities to grow and to learn.Keeping a daily gratitude journal has helped me increase my happiness dramatically. Each day, I list three things I am grateful for and that sets my focus for my day. It gages my mindset to look for the good around me and in my life. It is a daily practice.When I commit to being happy and to doing the work, I am happy.