H-Factor Where Is Your Heart

Happiness and the Art of Coloring by Lisa Cypers Kamen of What is Your Happiness

By Lisa Cypers Kamen, Harvesting Happiness

Recently I was at a friend’s house and her ornery four-year-old was in the corner pitching a fit.

His harried mother had hired a babysitter, but the young girl had not show up and both mother and child had had enough.

Spying a box of crayons I pulled out a pad of paper and drew a circle.

“What’s in the circle?” I said, coaxing the little boy out of the corner. “I see a ship.”

“Where?” he said inching closer.

“Right here, and it’s a magic ship full of presents.”

This got his attention and he plopped down next to me.  For the next hour we drew beautiful, magical scenes filled with dragons wearing floppy hats, tall trees full of ice cream cones, and a duck with fourteen feet.  My friend, her son and I spend over an hour coloring in these pictures with every conceivable color known to Crayola.

We could have ranted and raged over the baby sitters’ no show. We could have fought with the little boy who pouted in the corner.  We could have chosen a lot of reactions.  Or we could choose to go with the flow, find something that we all enjoyed and make the best of it.   We didn’t get to go to the movies that night, but we did employ our own power of choice to make the best of the situation.  And you know what, our magical dragon with the floppy hat who delivered presents via a tall ship was a much better story than the movie we ultimately saw a week later.

And if you haven’t cracked open a box of crayons in a while, I would suggest you do. They bring us back to the moments of happiness we found simply by pushing a wax stick around a piece of paper and letting the magic happen.

Independent filmmaker, author, happiness coach and speaker Lisa Cypers Kamen creates these blogs to entertain, enlighten and educate us as we each undertake our own personal search for happiness. Happiness is an Inside Job. To contact Lisa, email her directly at lisa@whatisyourhappiness.com and check out her websites at www.whatisyourhappiness.com , www.harvestinghappiness.com  , and www.hh4heroes.org   and listen to her on  www.harvestinghappinesstalkradio.com or download her show at  www.itunes.com.

Harvesting Happiness with Lisa Cypers Kamen brings to the airwaves a fresh talk radio approach promoting happiness, well-being and global human flourishing by presenting a diverse and proactive collection of the greatest thinkers and doers who have devoted their lives to creating a better world in which to live. She is an expert in creating happiness, finding pathways to happiness, and building a happiness formula in her happiness workshops. If you are looking for how to become a happier person, tune in weekly at www.toginet.com Wednesday’s at 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EST.


Harvesting Happiness for Heroes is a pending 501(c)(3), non-profit corporation. Our mission objective is to offer support services to Warriors and Warrior families challenged by Combat Trauma, PTSD and post-deployment reintegration issues.  We offer Battle Buddy workshops, family awareness training, online community support, one-on-one coaching services, as well as retreats for Warriors to decompress from battle and understand the tools available for them to adapt their military skills to civilian society.



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