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How to Live Happier?
Does happiness just happen? Or do you have to work for it? Learn the secret to happiness and stop overthinking it.
As a recovering pain addict, happiness hasn't been my strong suit. It wasn't until I learned a new approach to happiness (that didn't involve trying to be happy because trying makes it more challenging to achieve) that I started to experience it.
Inside this podcast, I share what that approach is!
Spoiler alert: It takes engaging with a new pattern and story. One that opens you up to see happiness not as a place but as finding joy in the millions of little things right in front of you.
In psychology, these are called glimmers.
Glimmers are the opposite of triggers. Triggers ignite a threat response by simulating a painful memory to resurface, changing the action of your body.
Glimmers, on the other hand, ignite the joy response.
Glimmers are small moments that spark joy or peace, helping the nervous system feel safe and calm. They are intangible rewards for your nervous system. Like a gold star reminding your body, things are great. And that changes your biology.
The feeling of the sun hitting your skin
The smell of freshly mowed grass
Cuddling with your dog
The beat of your favorite song
Finding a deal
Accomplishing a small project
Hugging a loved one
Hearing the laughter of a friend or child
Feeling the pages turn in a good book
Being amazed by nature
The comfort of your bed after a long day
A cool glass of water after a workout
Walking barefoot outside
The smell of your coffee roasting every morning
The list of glimmers is endless, but it's also personal.
Intentionally find glimmers!
Pay attention and look for glimmers in your life.
Then let yourself sit in the glimmer and be present. Adopting the intentional practice of slowing down and finding glimmers in life is a powerful tool to change your mindset patterns.
It's a practice, but one that is a gift, not a stress.
The more you pay attention to the small joys (even on hard days) and let yourself feel them, the more you'll naturally see them.
People call this the law of attraction, but it's not a matter of luck or magic. The law of attraction is a mindset shift. The more happy and joy-filled you are, the more you'll see those things and "attract" them because you're paying attention to them.
It's less of an attraction and more of a pattern.
Find glimmers in your every day and experience the joy no matter how momentary. I promise this changes things!
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Take 30 seconds and pause. What glimmers do you see or are you experiencing right now? Leave a comment below!