we want you to be happy. like, cant-believe-this-is-my-effing-life happy! so we did our research and learned that there are small things we can do every day to boost our mood and truly flourish. get stoked — these research-based practices were designed to make you happier. #fuelhappiness *
meet the lululemon 2015 holiday campaign. i am crazy about it for so many reasons.
make gratitude a habit.
live with purpose.
nourish your connections.
take your pleasure seriously.
we were each given a deck of cards focusing on these practices. with the idea that ‘when we choose to practice these happiness habits, we realize that one small change can ignite a ripple effect that can in turn affect our entire community.’*
so deep. so powerful. the messages are ones that seem so simple but daily i have been reminded maybe they are not as straightforward as i think. and yes, maybe they are not even something i am practicing daily. just stop there.
ive been using the fuelhappiness hashtag on a lot of my instagram pictures because they genuinely show my happiness. what sparks my fire. but lets dig deeper.
explore mediation | taking just a few minutes to get truly present can have an amazing effect on how you think, feel, and act.*
my previous post says it all you need to know — .peace.begins.with.me. — it works. pinky swear.
make gratitude a habit | expressing gratitude daily can create a powerful shift in how we see the world. *
at work we talked about the last time we were thanked for something and asked to share. when i see the words make gratitude a habit i am immediately taken back to thanksgiving weekend. i shared on instagram the following quote “there is always, always, always something to be thankful for.” i believe this with every ounce of heart. this past thanksgiving, it was spending the weekend with family, some of which i havent seen in years. and my biggest gratitude was because i am now in the possession of a painting that belonged to my grandmother that i thought was missing for the past fourteen years. again, the details are neither here or there. but its mine. and seeing that beautiful painting daily…. there are not enough words. i am forever thankful MP.
live with purpose | people who find meaning in their work have more fulfilled, happy lives – especially as they age. *
okay, dirty little secret reveal. i am going for that bigger purpose. i have stopped making excuses and have applied to graduate school. i want the bigger, self-discovery process and plan to receive my masters in clinical mental health counseling. (related: i am still waiting on the next step in the application process, which is an interview. but i am throwing the idea/want out into the universe).
cultivate positivity | its not rocket science – the more we scan the world for positive outcomes and opportunities, the better we feel. *
the card that hit home the most for me suggests that physically destroying negative thoughts has been shown to make them go away. it even goes as far to say writing them down, finding a safe place and lighting them on fire. #tbt to news year 2015 with LC. ive also approached this differently in that i have written down three desires and put it in a safe place. they say when you put these things into the universe they will happen.
nourish your connections | the biggest predictor of happiness is the number of people you feel like you can count on. *
with this one, they say that we need social relationships to thrive. they suggest having a coffee date to deepen a relationship. two of my former lemons came to mind immediately when i read this. i am looking at you, miss crossfit distinction and miss florida sunshine soul-searching beauty.
kindness matters | so you want to be happier and healthier? giving back, being kind or lending a hand makes all the difference. *
it really, really does. the kindness card i love most suggests the following….breathe slowly. imagine a golden thread of light extending out from your heart toward your loved one as your recite these mantras in your head: may you have happiness. may you be free from suffering. may you experience joy and ease. repeat.
take your pleasure seriously | when youre going through a rough patch, accessing ways that will reliably boost your mood can alter your perception of how happy you are.*
the two or three things that put a smile on my face even on a shitty day. pure barre. my nieces. a good book.
so how are you fueling happiness?
what makes you cant-believe-this-is-my-effing-life-happy?
*from the fuel happiness deck of cards/and/or the website