It’s safe to say that 2016 was a tough year and, with the start of 2017, things don’t seem much brighter. From political upsets to the loss of major icons, and anger-filled social media feeds to daily violent news reports, it’s understandable that stress levels are running high. Internationally recognized positive psychology coach and talk radio show host, Lisa Cypers Kamen’s powerful message of how to take control of your own happiness is not only relevant but desperately needed.
Internationally recognized positive psychology coach and talk radio show host Lisa Cypers Kamen’s powerful message of how to take control of your own happiness is not only relevant but desperately needed. “It’s not enough to just think happy thoughts,” says Cypers Kamen. “We must take action to create happiness.” And thankfully she’s sharing just how to do that in her new book, Are We Happy Yet? Eight Keys to Unlocking a Joyful Life, a no-nonsense fusion of science and heart, filled with proven tools and techniques for creating your very own “happiness revolution.”
In Are We Happy Yet? Cypers Kamen reveals her breakthrough system for cultivating sustainable happiness and well-being, regardless of life’s drama, trauma, or challenges. Through practical tips, tools, and exercises, she shows readers exactly how to boost their “Happiness-Factor” to new levels, and tap into the joy and peace they deserve. Through her wide-ranging, decades-long career, Cypers Kamen has redefined — for herself and many others, worldwide —the pursuit of happiness, even during life’s most challenging times. Are We Happy Yet? draws on that expertise and shows readers how to take the applicable principles of positive psychology, and start using it in their daily lives.
“Positive psychology focuses on what’s right with life here, now and tomorrow, rather than ruminating on what’s wrong with it and what happened in the past,” says Cypers Kamen. “Are We Happy Yet? helps readers embrace the absolute best parts of life, each and every day.”
Are We Happy Yet? is available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound and neighborhood booksellers and will be released on March 20, 2017 —the United Nations International Day of Happiness.
Keep reading as Lisa gives you a taste of the powerful tools “Are We Happy Yet?” can offer!
HAPPINESS IS LIVING YOUR VISION
Do you have a vision for your life? If so, are you living that vision? Most people carry a vision for themselves and the way they wish to live their life. Our dreams and desires can fuel those visions. Although we have a wish, hope, or dream, in order to make that vision a reality, there needs to be a shift in our relationship with our ideal self. This means that we must begin to envision as that person we wish to be. Now and then, let’s be honest, life isn’t always easy. Sometimes it’s really hard. We lose ourselves, and we lose our way. But that doesn’t mean we can’t still live our vision. The very wise Dalai Lama once said, “In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.”
This quote speaks to me because I endeavor to live my own life with a positive vision. Continually striving to live a more optimistic life empowers me in my work as an applied positive psychology coach. Whenever I endeavor to begin anything new, I always check in with myself to ensure that I’m carrying a positive attitude as I move forward. I focus in on my thoughts and feelings to make sure I remain diligent in practicing right thought, right, intention, and right action. Now then, here’s a question to consider: “How can you plan anything new, if you maintain a negative mindset? Imagine you want to take charge of your health and embark upon on a more positive lifestyle.
There is a big difference between saying this:
“Yes, I want to do this, but it will probably fail, because it’s hard to feel and be in control when I face health challenges and making my own wellbeing, and happiness the priority when life is just so dang difficult.”
And saying this: “Yes, I want to do this, and I’m determined to make it a success. I know I can optimize my mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health to the best of my ability.”
Two completely different mindsets. What can one gain when we take the first perspective? But, the second perspective is not only positive but action-oriented. This perspective empowers us. Change is challenging. Change is a practice. And practice makes permanent. Here are a few strategies to constructively work with change and becoming your ideal self:
Step 1. SEE THE VISION
The way to succeed and minimize struggle is to set a clear vision that looks, sounds, feels, and tastes real This way, you are working towards it and you already know who your ideal self will eventually be. Don’t make the mistake of not thinking about it enough. Spend a long time considering who your ideal self is.
Exercise: Write down your vision. Be clear about it. What do you want to happen in life? How do you see this happening? What are the steps you need to take and are you committed to doing them?
Step 2. BELIEVE IT
The fact of the matter is: if you believe it, then you will have a sense of purpose, dedication, direction, and endurance to stay the course.
Exercise: Write down 3-5 strategies you need in order to believe in your vision. Who can help you? What kinds of support do you need? Do you need to learn something new to make it happen? How can this become a reality?
Step 3. PURSUE IT
Time to put these steps into perspective and action. Rather than waiting another day, week, or month, start working towards your ideal self. Try not to put it off any longer because chances are if you are not living as the person you wish you were, then you are not very happy.
Exercise: Write down all the things – thoughts and feelings that you feel are holding you back. How can you overcome them? Build in one strategy each day, if you can. Meditate on this: see yourself pursuing the dream.
Are you truly ready to be your ideal self? If so, recognize the mandatory requirement to shift your current perspective into the one that you always wish you had or the one that you just came up with recently. This may not be comfortable at first because shift only happens in the vortex of some stress. Either way, we may not always live up to our ideal self but it is the kind, gentle, friendly, persistent, and loving repetitive practice that will help us rise to become our best selves.
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Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA, is an internationally recognized applied positive psychology coach, author, speaker, documentary filmmaker, and host of the popular radio show Harvesting Happiness, where she has helped millions of people around the world generate more joy and fulfillment in their life. Her new book, Are We Happy Yet? Eight Keys to Unlocking a Joyful Life releases on March 20, 2017. For more information click here.