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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.

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Happiness and the Armed Forces by Lisa Cypers Kamen of What is Your Happiness
Lisa Cypers Kamen Harvesting Happiness

Lisa Cypers Kamen Harvesting Happiness

By Lisa Cypers Kamen, Harvesting Happiness

Got your attention, didn’t I?  Happiness and Marines? Happiness and Soldiers?  When was the last time you saw a man or woman in uniform.  Probably at the airport, the grocery store or the bank.  Given our current global conflict situation, chances are you will spot one of our service men and women in uniform.

Many of us not used to the Military might stare or wonder, but I’m here today to give you the opportunity to increase our global level of happiness, to support the men and women in our troops and to make a difference.

The next time you see one of our armed forces members, a simple “Thank you for your service,” can make all the difference in their day.  When they go back to their family or their barracks I have seen with my own eyes the difference in that small bit of honoring.  The stand a little taller, their eyes are a little brighter and best of all they share that feeling with their buddies.  And then their Military buddies share that feeling with their friends and family and we create a wave of happiness that washes through our troops.

They are doing their part by serving our country.  We can do our part by showing them our respect, honor and support.  So the next time you see a Soldier or a Marine, tell them thank you.  We all need to do our part in supporting each other because freedom doesn’t come free. And remember, happiness and supporting those who serve does not have a political affiliation or price.

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.



Shimmy and Shake up your Routines by Lisa Cypers Kamen and What is Your Happiness
Lisa Cypers Kamen Harvesting Happiness

Lisa Cypers Kamen Harvesting Happiness

By Lisa Cypers Kamen, Harvesting Happiness

Recently I took a Zumba class after repeated requests from one of my friends. After many hours in the gym with my personally designed fitness routine to reduce my stress and take care of my body I was delighted with the class.  Looking around the room I saw men and women of every shape, size, color, age and fitness level. Most importantly, they all had one thing in common.  They were all smiling. It was joyful. It was infectious.  I found myself smiling at people I had never met as we shimmied to the dance music.

I realized then that routines are comforting and familiar.  After all, they are routine!  But what routine can do is blind us to the opportunities to the beautiful variety available in life. Doing the same thing over and over can dull your senses, make you deaf, blind and dumb to the sensations around us.  Taking that class reminded me that climbing on the spin bike, plugging into my same playlist and riding my 15 miles in 45 minutes though comforting was limiting my joy.

I forgot how much fun it was to sometimes shake up my routine. Take a different way to your child’s school  Stop at a different Starbucks.  Take a different class at your gym and shimmy and shake up your routine.  You might be surprised and make a new friend, enjoy a new activity or find a new flavored coffee.  It’s the little things in life that bring us joy.  So shimmy and shake up your routine today!

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.



Keeping it Simple by Lisa Cypers Kamen and What is Your Happiness
Lisa Cypers Kamen Harvesting Happiness

Lisa Cypers Kamen Harvesting Happiness

By Lisa Cypers Kamen, Harvesting Happiness

Did you ever notice that life could start feeling like a battle for your time, affection, energy and physical being.  My friends want me to do this. My work demands me to be here.  My kids need me there. My mother wants me to call. My sister is mad because I forgot her birthday.  Yet you are only one person, and many days we need to be three of four people.

You become a soldier in your own war only the battleground is your life and your sanity.  If you don’t want to fight this kind of war, you need to simplify your life. This is not as easy as it sounds. But you can begin each morning by talking to yourself before you get swept down the rushing river of you day to identify what one thing can you do to change about your life that will make your life easier.  Can you stop long enough to think about what you need and what would make you happy?  That’s right, in the frantic chaos of life you matter. 

I am here today to put you back into the equation of your life. If you don’t, you will end up feeling exhausted, stretched, overburdened and resentful. No one expects you to be superwoman or superman, and no one ever died because you forgot to send a thank you note.  This is not permission to be selfish, but it is permission to take care of yourself and a lot of times that means getting real, keeping it simple and saying no when you can’t.

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.



Deserving the Good in Life by Lisa Cypers Kamen and What is Your Happiness

 

Lisa Cypers Kamen Harvesting Happiness

Lisa Cypers Kamen Harvesting Happiness

By Lisa Cypers Kamen, Harvesting Happiness

It’s easy to say that we are love, that we are all loved in one-way or another, or altogether. Sometimes we can feel as though we are less than other people or that we are somehow less deserving of the good in life than others.  These thoughts are usually based in fear, insecurity and a lapse in personal confidence.  The fact is, everyone feels this way sometimes.  It’s important to recognize that this is a just a thought accompanied by feelings and that this will pass. 

 It will pass faster if you change your thinking to repeating an affirmation in your mind that you deserver the good things in life just as much as anyone else because you are worth of love, support, care and good things.  When you get away from your limiting thoughts that encourage you to feel unworthy, you can open your heart, mind, spirit and life to receiving the blessings that are due to you and that you can share with others.   By letting yourself accept the good things in life, you allow more of them to come into your life. 

You are entitled to flourish and thrive. You do not have to feel guilty for the blessings in your life.  It’s okay to give yourself over to the good in life and say, “I deserve this and I am worthy of the goodness in my life.”

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.

 

 



Beauty by Lisa Cypers Kamen and What is Your Happiness
Lisa Cypers Kamen Harvesting Happiness

Lisa Cypers Kamen Harvesting Happiness

By Lisa Cypers Kamen, Harvesting Happiness

There is infinite beauty in all of us and surrounding us if we pause a moment to notice what is

often right in front of us.  But in our busy, cell phone, iPod, rush-rush-rush daily lives we often fail to notice the beautiful creations that are we, within us and around us.  There is great power in the recognition of beauty.

Stop for a moment while reading this and look around.  See something beautiful? Take a moment and focus on the beauty.  Immediately the object of your desire passes its energy to you effortlessly.  That’s one of the reasons we love beautiful things – they help us feel good. They give their beauty to us in the form of pleasure, wonder, delight and you guessed it, happiness.

You can find beauty in nature, in art, in a child’s smile, or the simple joy of favorite pair of shoes or even in this moment! And never forget you are a being of great beauty – an amazing complex human machine with a glowing inner light that shines through your eyes, face, smile, posture, actions and most of all your heart.  Keep in mind today, and everyday, that beauty brings a powerful force to your life and when you need a boost, it’s a free, easy and powerful choice.

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.

 



Breaking the Worry Habit by Lisa Cypers Kamen and What is Your Happiness
Lisa Cypers Kamen Harvesting Happiness

Lisa Cypers Kamen Harvesting Happiness

By Lisa Cypers Kamen, Harvesting Happiness

Worry is so commonplace these days that it’s become an epidemic of fear-based stagnation. Did you every notice that 90% of the things you worry about never happen? I can’t tell you how many times I worried about a friend, my children or myself only to find that my worries were unfounded and never came to fruition.

One of the things about worry is that its effects are not desirable for a happy and satisfied life.  Worry can create stress, tension, aging, addictions, insomnia, and eat up your day before you know it.  A lot of times people don’t realize that worry is the base of these feelings and underneath that is fear—fear of losing control, fear of the unknown, fear of losing a friend, fear of my child being hurt and fear that I will lose something important to me.

 

So what do you do?  One of the things you can do is turn your worry into action and if you can’t, then you need to tell yourself to stop worrying and do something else.  If you find yourself unable to control your worrisome thoughts, its time to turn on a happy movie, read a good book, says a prayer to your higher power or pick up a tennis ball and hit a few rounds.  The whole point is to change your state.  Change your focus and soon you will find yourself happier and more productive.

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.