Posts tagged ‘happiness’

5 Simple steps to JOY

 

Joy is a state of mind and an orientation of the heart; a feeling of great pleasure and happiness. Although you can’t always be happy, you can be joyful and Dr. Seuss states it well: Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.

Rather than complaining, whining and criticizing we can choose to rise above and bring light and joy to a sometimes dark and unfortunate situation or set of circumstances. Apply these fundamental guidelines for a joyful life.

1. Be Kind to Yourself and Others 

No one is perfect.  We’ve all made errors, whether it be in something we said or did or didn’t do.  Remember that next time you find yourself frustrated at a co-worker, driver or even a family member.  A powerful video on the power in positive actions: 3-minute Thai Good Stories.

2. Gratitude and Appreciation

Appreciate what is, appreciate yourself, appreciate your life, appreciate your friends and family, appreciate all the good and not so good, appreciate all your challenges, and know that everything is exactly the way it should be. The more you will do just that, the more you express your gratitude and appreciation, the happier you will feel, and the quality of your life will improve tremendously.

The song, HAPPY by Pharrell Williams has a website which plays 24 hours of people dancing to the music.  My absolute favorite segment is the one featuring DOWN SYNDROME children and adults.  Learn to dance in the rain, for without rain we wouldn’t have rainbows or flowers.

3. Lighten Up & Let Go

Are you a worry-wart?  Worrying is negative goal setting and robs you of energy.  Nothing positive comes from worrying so if you find yourself obsessing over something in this negative way, stop listening to yourself and start talking to yourself…in a positive manner with affirmation to empower and be uplifting.

Forgiveness – holding on to anger, resentment, hatred and fear are toxic to your well-being.  Jason Gray’s lyrics in his song “Fear is Easy, Love is Hard” provides insight into the power of letting go and letting love rule.

4. Serve Others

You may think you don’t have the time or energy to reach out and help others, but the truth is, when you do, you will become full of joy and energy.  Practice doing RAK – Random Acts of Kindness (from holding a door open to given a compliment, smile or hug to someone).  Homeless Lottery Winner is a video which demonstrates the power of serving and caring for others.

5. Laugh often

Laughter provides an immediate vacation.  I saw a post on Facebook this week that cracked me up:  “When you see someone wearing camouflage make sure to walk into so they know it’s working.”   Life will give you plenty of things to chuckle at, if you choose to change your attitude and embrace it.  Dogs and children give us a steady supply.  Who made this mess?

A Guaranteed SMILE of the Heart

Did you know March 19th was World Down Syndrome Day?

Celebrate it today by sharing this blog post…a guaranteed smile of the heart.

I’m excited to share the absolute best version of Pharrell Williams song: HAPPY

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Special indeed are these beautiful people.  In my opinion, they TEACH us how to live with joy.

Go ahead…get up out of your chair and dance with them.  Learn to dance in the rain…life is good! Live. Love. Laughter.

TCOY = Take Care of You!

Cyber hugs,

Coach Lucy

7 Wonders of the World

The seven wonders of the world.
 
 

 

A man in a pink tutu…

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Live. Love. Laugh. Perhaps you have read that phrase before, well the TUTU PROJECT is a perfect example of living it.

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Laughter is a vital ingredient in a life well lived.  The best advice I can give someone is to laugh often.  Also, don’t take yourself and life so seriously.Laughter is an instant vacation you can take at any moment.

Be Well and TAKE CARE OF YOU!  Coach Lucy

Finding Your Calling

There are two amazing days in your life…the day you figure out your calling and the day you begin pursuing it wholeheartedly.  The article, 10 Signs You’ve Found Your Calling, provides sound insight.  The joy and energy that comes from living out your calling is amazing.  Don’t settle, go outside your comfort zones for you weren’t called to be timid and weak but strong and courageous!

Living the dream! 

TCOY = Take Care of You

Coach Lucy

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The Giving Tree

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THE TREE OF LIFE

Mother Earth doesn’t shout like Mother Nature. This baobab tree in South Africa is over 1400 years old. It is a reminder if we adapt, bend and reach to the sky for our source of strength while growing our roots deep, we can become mighty and strong.
 
Our earth provides us with so many resources and yet sadly it is often abused or not thought of…until it is gone or we become wiser and more appreciative. 
 
In children’s story “The Giving Tree”, the stages of life of “the boy” are told and the tree, with unconditional love, give everything to make the boy “happy”.   Click for the Audio Story told by Shel Silverstein
 
 
 
…excerpt from the final pages…
 
“And after a long time the boy came back again.
“I am sorry, Boy,” said the tree, “but I have nothing left to give you-
My apples are gone.”
“My teeth are too weak for apples,” said the boy.
“My branches are gone,” said the tree.
“You cannot swing on them-”
“I am too old to swing on branches,” said the boy.
“My trunk is gone,” said the tree.
“You cannot climb-”
“I am too tired to climb,” said the boy.
“I am sorry,” sighed the tree.
“I wish that I could give you something… but I have nothing left. I am an old stump. I am sorry…”
“I don’t need very much now,” said the boy, “just a quiet place to sit and rest. I am very tired.”
“Well,” said the tree, straightening herself up as much as she could,
“well, an old stump is a good for sitting and resting. Come, Boy, sit down. Sit down and rest.”
And the boy did.
And the tree was happy.”
Shel Silverstein, The Giving Tree
 
 

TCOY CHALLENGE – Reach out to someone from your past who you have not spoke to in a long time. 

Excuses be gone!  This is as much of a health benefit for you (and others) as a physical workout.  Take the time to nurture your social and emotional well-being.  Rekindling relationships and remembering what shaped your life is time well spent.

TCOY = Take Care of You

Well-being:  Mind, Heart and Body

Seven Simple Steps to an ENRICHED life

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TCOY is more than a business name, it’s a philosophy and ACTION IS REQUIRED:

1. ENGAGE: BE PROACTIVE – Make something happen every single day.  ACTION!!

2. BE A CALCULATED RISK TAKER: Get out of your comfort zone.  CHALLENGE = GROWTH

3. REVIEW WHO YOU ARE HANGING AROUND: Make sure you are around people who are challenging you to be your best; chose to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

4. BE YOUR BEST – YOU MUST LOVE YOURSELF BEFORE YOU CAN LOVE OTHERS. Be committed to being your best and love yourself (stop being so critical ok!)

5. DAILY DISCIPLINE: We are creatures of habit.  Easy to do, easy not to do.

6. SPIRITUAL: Acknowledge you are a spiritual being having a physical experience.

7. LOTS OF HUGS: Make sure to let your family and friends know how much you love and appreciate them.  If you see someone without a smile…give them yours :)

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