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Pursuing Happiness? 5 Tools Every American Needs To Know About For Creating Personal Joy by Lisa Cypers Kamen

Rainbow womanThe Pursuit of Happiness is not a new endeavor.  As Time Magazine’s Jeffrey Kluger points out in his July 2013 story, the intent of happiness was written into our constitution, it was of such paramount importance that our founding fathers made a structured effort around its pursuit, and it has been interpreted in a 100 different ways since our Constitution’s publication.  In America, we have a unique opportunity to maximize a human quality that we take for granted-our ability to not only pursue happiness, but also to create our own joy.

Pursuing happiness infers that there is work involved-a personal responsibility to seek and carve a path to a state of bliss.  As with any pursuit, there is a plan, there are tools of managing the endeavor, there is an investment of time, there is a map, and finally there is the will to choose and accept the journey one is embarking on.

As with any journey of endurance, there might be setbacks, obstacles we did not count on, injuries that need healing, and a focus that needs redirecting.  These qualities are inherit in our emotional pursuit to not only being happy, but to live a joyful life regardless of the circumstances surrounding our physical adventure.  It is through the trials of unhappiness that we may find our transformation to personal growth.

As the country ponders what it means to physically be happy (the bigger car, the bigger house, the vacation, the newest electronic toy, the corner office, more money, etc. . .) I am addressing the necessary invisible tools of pursuing tangible happiness that changes perspectives, alters life focus, enhances daily life, and creates lasting human success.

Here are my top 5 tools for creating personal joy while in pursuit of happiness:

+ Seek Economic Success but Only as a Means to Provide What You Need, Not as a Tool for Joy: While it is important to live in one’s “happy place” it is not a requirement for creating more joy in the world.  America has, as many societies, based its collective ethos on materialism and acquisition.  Any society that does this is doomed for disappointment and eventual economic disaster. We have witnessed this in America during the past few years and are seeing the global fallout across Europe and other continents of Gordon Gecko’s mantra, “Greed is Good” in the film Wall Street.  As Americans, we are being given a fabulous opportunity in this new economic paradigm to re-frame the race for the biggest, best, most expensive, prettiest, and smartest prize. We once coveted financial capital and many of us now realize that it is the social and emotional intelligence that makes us healthier, wealthier and wiser.

+ Recognize Happiness Is An Inside Job: True joy is not for the faint of heart. In order to be happy, individuals must be willing to face adversity, discomfort and tragedy with grace and not be defined by it. Genuinely resilient people who present a strong sense of hope, optimism, and belief in life and themselves tend to be happier. I like to define true happiness as a dynamic state of being that comes from the alignment of our passion, purpose, place, and meaning in the world.  If we are without purpose (family, home, service), then we seek purpose in elements outside of our control.  Happiness comes from what we can control and how we decide to act.

+ Stop Blaming Others or Events For Your Un-Happiness: The pursuit of personal happiness is not an exclusive club. Bad things happen economically, personally, and physically, but we need not be defined by those events. In fact, when we use challenging circumstances as the jet-fuel or catalyst for positive growth and transformation, life automatically becomes richer, satisfying, and happier as a result, allowing us to develop attributes and strengths previously unknown-we pursue a purpose-our happiness.

+ Make A Conscience Choice to Seek Personal Happiness: Think of it this way, each of us has the absolute freedom to be happy and at the very same time, the liberty to be miserable. Abraham Lincoln once said that we are as happy as we choose to be so why not choose happiness? Can or will everybody be happy? No, simply because they make choices that do not support their upliftment and overall wellbeing. Again, my tagline in business and life is “Happiness is an inside job.” These words are powerful because they validate the concept of self-mastery and responsibility for our own lives and ultimate joy.

+ Fake It Until You Make It: We have often been told that our actions follow our emotions, but in reality it is the other way around, emotions will follow our actions. So the next time you are not feeling happy then go out in the world and create something happy. Offer a service to another, simplify your schedule for appointments of absolute importance, find a plant to nurture, be actively engaged in a good cause, if not for yourself then for someone else. Happiness is a natural reaction to unselfishness-it is a contagious emotion. And that is a contagion worth contracting.

Lisa Cypers Kamen is President of HarvestingHappiness.com and Director of 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organizationHH4Heroes.org (Harvesting Happiness for Heroes) which provides positive psychology coaching curriculum in PTSD management for wounded warriors, military spouses, caretakers, children and families of the fallen challenged with the invisible side effects of post combat life. 2013 International Positive Psychology Association and USC Guest Speaker, Happiness Expert, Author of Are We Happy Yet? Eight Keys To Unlocking A Joyful Life and Recent 2013 Florida Department of Citrus “Take On The Day” Wellness Campaign Spokesperson, and TEDxMalibu Organizer.

For  Interview please contact Carrie Hill at 757.621.9319 or contact@carriehillpr.com

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Harvesting Happiness Talk Radio Welcomes Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener and Cheryl Hunter May 29th

Robert Biswas-DienerDr. Biswas-Diener is widely known as the “Indiana Jones of Positive Psychology” because his research on happiness has taken him to such far-flung places as Greenland, India, Kenya and Israel. Dr. Biswas-Diener is a leading authority on strengths, culture, courage, and happiness. He has published dozens of scholarly articles and multiple books on diverse psychological topics. He is best known for his pioneering work in the application of positive psychology. Dr. Biswas-Diener is the foremost authority on positive psychology coaching and has consulted with a wide range of international organizations on performance management and leadership development. To learn more about Dr. Biswas-Diener and his work, visit: http://positiveacorn.com/  

Cheryl_HunterCheryl Hunter was born and reared in the remote Colorado Rocky Mountains. She is a cowgirl who grew up on a horse ranch, training horses and riding rodeo. Today, Cheryl is a bestselling author, speaker and high-performance expert who specializes in providing Fortune 100 caliber coaching for individuals. Her expertise is in guiding her clients to architect a very specific blueprint for their businesses and their lives that produces dramatic results in a very short window of time. Cheryl was drawn to her work as a result of her own life path; she overcame a traumatic, life-altering experience that ignited a strong desire to contribute to others. To learn more about Cheryl and her work, visit: http://cherylhunter.com/

 Find your Happiness with Lisa Cypers Kamen every Wednesday at 9 am PST/12 pm EST on www.toginet.com/shows/harvestinghappiness ! For more information, visit Lisa’s websites, www.hh4heroes.orgwww.harvestinghappinesstalkradio.com , and http://harvestinghappiness.com 



Harvesting Happiness Talk Radio Welcomes John C. Havens March 13th

jOHN_hAVENSJohn C. Havens is Founder of the H(app)athon Project, a contributing writer for Mashable, and author of,  H(app)y – The Value of Well-Being in a Digital Economy .The H(app)athon Project is an initiative that utilizes emerging technology to improve human well-being and drive positive social change. He is a former professional actor and current blues musician.

Find your Happiness with Lisa Cypers Kamen every Wednesday at 9 am PST/12 pm EST on www.toginet.com/shows/harvestinghappiness ! For more information, visit Lisa’s websites, www.hh4heroes.orgwww.harvestinghappinesstalkradio.com , and http://harvestinghappiness.com



Harvesting Happiness Talk Radio Welcomes Claire Wineland and Eric Lumiere January 30th

Claire_WinelandClaire Wineland was born with cystic fibrosis or “CF”, a genetic disease that causes excessive mucus secretions and collection, especially in the lungs. In her short life, Claire has undergone dozens of surgeries and has spent weeks at a time in the hospital. This is not, however, what characterizes her. Claire is a singer, an artist, a composer, and a natural-born comedian and speaker. She radiates with a warmth and wisdom beyond her years. She has been called a “little Buddha” a “bridge among people”, and a “true old soul.” She is precious to anyone who has met her, especially to her mother, Melissa, and her father, John.

On April 13, 2010 after a relatively routine surgery, Claire became septic and within 24 hours, was in complete lung failure. Her parents were given the option of watching Claire die or putting her on a dangerous oscillator vent, which no child with CF has ever come off of. Her parents opted to put her on the high powered vent and into a drug induced coma so the doctors could try everything possible to reverse the damage to her lungs and her body. What followed was a remarkable two-week journey of prayer, love and healing.

So many people were inspired by Claire’s journey that a public Facebook page, “Claire Wineland Love, Songs and Updates”, was created to disseminate the seemingly ever changing information. Within two weeks, the fans on the page grew to over 900. Out of this grew the desire and need for a foundation.

Claire constantly strives to give back and make meaning of what she has had to go through; the message she shares is her way to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

Claire’s Place Foundation, Inc: www.clairesplacefoundation.org

eric_lumiereEric Lumiere lives For the Love of Music + the Music of Love
Music is one of the most elusive art forms. It has the power to uplift, touch, move and inspire people. When I create music, my intention is to share myself as fully and unconditionally as possible so that there may be no walls between us, no projections of who I’d like to be or think I am; just the essence of who I am, the discovery of which is a continuous process and one that I live for. Music can affect people in many ways and if I have one wish, it’s that it touches you. That it’s greatest potential is fulfilled, and that in listening to my music, you discover more of who you are, your truth, and are inspired to share your own beingness with the world.

After graduating from the Clive Davis Dept. of Recorded Music at NYU in 2007, Eric’s song “Anthem” (a bedroom demo) was remixed by DJs Filo and Peri and signed by top DJ Paul Van Dyk. Released in 13+ countries, “Anthem” broke the UK Top 40 at #39 and reached #1 on the US Billboard Dance Airplay.

While continuing to work with Filo and Peri, Eric has been focusing on his next release, tentatively titled the ‘Under Love EP’.

To learn more about Eric and his work, visit: www.ericlumiere.com

Find your Happiness with Lisa Cypers Kamen every Wednesday at 9 am PST/12 pm EST on www.toginet.com/shows/harvestinghappiness ! For more information, visit Lisa’s websites, www.hh4heroes.orgwww.harvestinghappinesstalkradio.com , and http://harvestinghappiness.com



Harvesting Happiness Talk Radio Welcomes Sophie Chiche and Shannon Bindler January 9th

sophiechicheSophie Chiche is the founder and curator of lifebyme.com, a website gathering eclectic people answering the question, “what is most meaningful to you”. Nobel Prizes, media moguls, fishermen, midwives, global leaders, spiritual teachers, artists, and teenagers share their original meaningful words every day.

Sophie is an author, speaker, coach and entrepreneur. She holds Masters in Business, Journalism and Psychology. You can find her asking game-changer deep questions, wallpapering her stairway, dancing with her staff, reading The Little Prince, and … oh, you know … living a life of meaning.

shannon-bindler Shannon Bindler is a Shoeologist and Style Editor who believes in the transformative power of fashion. She is also the co-founder of Get Up Girl, a popular women’s coaching series that inspires women to shine.

Shannon contributes regularly to huffingtonpost.com, stylelist.com, and modernmom.com. She is currently working on her first book, Sole Rx: Shoe Prescriptions for Life.

Shannon has traveled, studied, and worked extensively throughout Africa, South America, and Europe. She lives with her filmmaker husband and daughter in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Find your Happiness with Lisa Cypers Kamen every Wednesday at 9 am PST/12 pm EST on www.toginet.com/shows/harvestinghappiness ! For more information, visit Lisa’s websites, www.hh4heroes.orgwww.harvestinghappinesstalkradio.com , and http://harvestinghappiness.com



Harvesting Happiness Talk Radio Welcomes Daniel Chidiac November 28th

Daniel Chidiac is the Author of “Who Says You Can’t? YOU DO: How to unchain your greatness within and take instant charge of your life.” He has dedicated his life to finding the answers to “why some people are living an extraordinary life, while others are never really fulfilled?” Through his journey he has modeled the most successful people known to man, traveled overseas to meet with leaders who have the strongest mindset on the planet, interacted with exceptional achievers and coached people from all the around the globe. He has coached celebrity contestants on Dancing With The Stars, Radio show hosts, International DJ’s, TV presenters and hosts, Business leaders and so on. Daniel’s writing has touched millions of people worldwide and currently inspires thousands of people daily. To learn more about Daniel and his work, visit: www.danielchidiac.com

 Find your Happiness with Lisa Cypers Kamen every Wednesday at 9 am PST/12 pm EST on www.toginet.com/shows/harvestinghappiness ! For more information, visit Lisa’s websites, www.hh4heroes.orgwww.harvestinghappinesstalkradio.com , and http://harvestinghappiness.com



Harvesting Happiness Talk Radio Presents a Special Encore Broadcast with Arun Gandhi November 14th

Born in 1934 in Durban, South Africa as the grandson of  Mohandas K. “Mahatma” Gandhi, Arun Gandhi grew up under the discriminatory apartheid laws of South Africa. He was beaten by “white” South Africans for being too black and “black” South Africans for being too white; so, Arun sought eye-for-an-eye justice. However, he learned from his parents and grandparents that justice does not mean revenge, it means transforming the opponent through love and suffering.

Grandfather taught Arun to understand nonviolence through understanding violence. “If we know how much passive violence we perpetrate against one another we will understand why there is so much physical violence plaguing societies and the world,” Gandhi said. Through daily lessons, Arun says, he learned about violence and about anger.

He and his wife, Sunanda, founded The M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, based in Memphis, Tennessee in 1991 The institute’s mission is “to promote and apply the principles of nonviolence locally, nationally, and globally, to prevent violence, and resolve personal and public conflicts through research, education, and programming.”

To learn more about Arun Gandhi and his work visit:  http://arungandhi.org  

Find your Happiness with Lisa Cypers Kamen every Wednesday at 9 am PST/12 pm EST on www.toginet.com/shows/harvestinghappiness ! For more information, visit Lisa’s websites, www.hh4heroes.orgwww.harvestinghappinesstalkradio.com , and http://harvestinghappiness.com