Oct 15, 2014

Be Happy - day 2

Scientific research show that you can change your level of happiness. It may take some effort and persistence, but the good part is that it is doable, for anyone. Ph.D Robert Holden is one of the greatest authorities in the "happiness department", having written several bestselling books and being a regular guest on Oprah, and has created the Happiness Project and Shift Happens, all of them really good I can say. Robert Holden has created an eight week course in happiness which can be found in his book Be Happy. This mini course for eight days is based on that and was created for Oprah. The recommended time for the excersize is at least 15 minutes. Happy happy!

As a child, you experience happiness as being natural and easy. Happiness is your original energy. Playfulness is your true nature. Joy is your spiritual DNA. In the years that follow, your personality creates a Happiness Contract that is full of learned ideas and false beliefs that limit your daily allowance of joy. Some examples of this conditioned thinking include fears like “Too much happiness is selfish,” beliefs like “I must deserve happiness”, rules like “I must earn happiness,” self-made laws like “I must sacrifice myself for others’ happiness,” and “It’s not okay for me to be happy if others’ are not.”

Be Happy Exercise:
The Happiness Contract is a metaphor, but its effects feel very real. The good news is you can re-write your Happiness Contract by being willing to accept happiness more unconditionally in your life. Today’s assignment is to complete the following sentence ten times: “One way I limit my own happiness is …” Free associate. Don’t think too much. Let your answers flow. If you draw a blank, simply move on. Afterwards, examine your answers carefully, looking for any learned rules, laws, and fears that you can surrender and let go of. Happiness is free – there are no conditions.

In case you missed day 1

Note: The original 8-week happiness program is written up in the book Be Happy (published by Hay House) 
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