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The Happiness Challenge
Take the Happiness Challenge! I'm challenging all of us to make 2008 the year we seek happiness from within. Happiness is our true nature. Happiness is always available because it's inside, but we look outside of ourselves for it through work, relationships, and material "stuff". I'm not asking that we give up our relationships, our work or even our "stuff". The challenge is to give up the belief that these things make us happy.
In his book, "Happiness Now!", Dr. Robert Holden says "happiness is a natural experience, not a peak experience". In other words, happiness is like blinking and breathing. It's constant. We don't have to make it happen. It's a part of us! But we've been conditioned to believe that the only way we'll have happiness is to go in search of it. We look for a peak experience—the "Yahoo's!" and "Eureka's!" Then when we think we've found it, we discover it doesn't last and look for something else to make us happy. We're searching in the wrong direction.
If you're on this site and reading this blog you are probably searching for a way to bring order and peacefulness to your life. You're looking for guidance. You have an urge to change and enrich your life. This urge is coming from a place deep within you, not outside of you. This is a spiritual process. Your stuff got you here, but your heart is leading the way. You've already got a head start because happiness is of the spiritual world not the material world.
The Happiness Challenge requires that we go within and take some quiet time to reflect. We need to ask, "What's really important?" As a coach, I help my clients begin this process by discovering their values. Values drive our behavior and attitude. The first step of the challenge then is to clarify your values. If you get stuck, you can use the following questions to guide you:
**If you were stranded on a desert island for a year and all your basic needs were being met what five things would you bring with you? Why?
**What is the one thing you own that you could not live without? Why?
**What is something (other than something you own) that you couldn't live without? Why?
**What is something that you never compromise on? Why?
Let your intuition, not your head, guide you through the exercise. Your heart knows the truth. Take your top ten and prioritize them. After you've completed your list post it somewhere where you can refer to it often. Practice living from one value each day or try a different one on each week. Let me know what happens to your "Happiness Barometer"!
posted on: 1/10/2008 12:00:00 PM by Maggie McCauley
category: The Mental Side
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Maggie McCauley, ACC, LICSW, The Effortless Organizing Coach, is the president of "A New View". She takes a holistic approach to organizing coaching her clients to create new habits that promote overall well-being, a sense of freedom and peace of mind.
My Favorite Books
- The Success Principles by Jack Canfield
- It's Hard To Make A Difference When You Can't Find Your Keys by Marilyn Paul
- Organize With Confidence by Elizabeth Hagen
- The Secret Of Letting Go by Guy Finley
- Life Is Short--Wear Your Party Pants by Loretta La Roche
- The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
- The Seven Whispers by Christina Baldwin
- Loving What Is by Byron Katie
- Making A Change For Good by Cheri Huber
- "Happiness Now!" by Robert Holden, PhD.