I recently watched a poignant movie called 'Into the Wild', a true story based on a young man, Christopher, who decides to leave behind the trappings of modern life and hitchhike to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Once in Alaska, whilst initially happy with his isolation and adventures in a new and challenging environment, as time passes and life becomes harder he realises that 'Happiness exists when shared" and seeks to return to his friends and family.
I was telling a friend about this movie and that on reflection many of my own happiest times have been more about who I shared them with rather than where I was or what I was doing.
Of course, the great thing is that if you are ever feeling unhappy or want to feel happier, whether you are alone or with others, then just STOP and remember a time when you were totally happy and BAM!...... there you are feeling totally happy!
Sometimes you might need a little extra help so here is a quick way to get that happy feeling. You might want to have a go right now!
- remember a time when you were totally happy e.g. a time when you were with your family or your friends, or visiting a place that is special to you or doing something that you love to do. Pick a specific time when you felt really happy, make sure it is intense.
- remember a specific time and as you remember that time now imagine in your mind floating down into your body and see what you saw, hear what you heard and really feel the feelings of being totally happy.
Notice how that feels – are you feeling totally happy? Great! So you just got happy, virtually in an instant, just by remembering a time when you felt totally happy in the past.
And, of course, once you are in that state it is a great catalyst towards more happiness and enjoyment of life to the full.
Here's to happy times.