This is the question BlogHer asks this week on Life Well Lived. Dr Aymee Coget (billed on her website as a Sustainable Happiness Expert) introduces her concept of a Happiness Seatbelt. Good stuff — click over to read. She includes two ideas that I also espouse: choosing happiness and being mindful.
I offered my answer in a brief comment, and you can read that while you’re there. I also want to encourage YOU to answer the question and leave it in a comment.
Why? First of all, I like the way the question is framed. It naturally gets you thinking about HAPPINESS rather than not thinking about sadness. Maybe that sounds like I’m splitting hairs, but too often I hear of resolutions that verbalize what people DON’T want, like “lose weight” or “stop yelling at the kids.” As opposed to getting more healthy or speaking more kindly.
Secondly, answering the question helps you clarify where you are and where you want to go. With intention, focus and clarity, you’re more likely to get your aim right and make progress in the direction you choose.
Thirdly, while you’re over there commenting and clarifying, why not also enter the Kindle Fire Sweepstakes, too?
I hope to read your answers over there — I’m interested what you have to say about creating happiness this year.
I’ll close with this recent tweet: