I am a member of Action for Happiness and have signed their pledge to work to make the world a happier place. If you are interested, you can join the movement by signing-up on their website and making the same pledge. I joined a couple of years ago and at the end of 2017 I facilitated their eight-week course, Exploring what Matters, with two of my dear friends. My focus, therefore, had been very much on happiness over recent months. The course content takes participants from personal happiness, week by week, to actions that will create a happier world. I suppose then when I created my The Year Compass and it was suggested that we use one word for our focus for the year, that ‘Happiness’ seemed an obvious choice. I added the word, using gold lettering, in the centre of my vision board. Everything I added to surround the word were activites that I felt would manifest happiness in my life. I included all areas, my home, work, relationships, spiritual/personal development and health. To be perfectly honest, it wasn’t that I was really adding things in a hugely intentional way, but it feels as though they are manifesting naturally, without any real effort on my part. All things happiness kept popping into my world!
A little while later, I bought a happiness journal. Quite by chance I had been given a token for Christmas for Kikk.K, I didn’t know this company, but one day in late January, I browsed their website and found a lovely happiness journal with a bright, sunny yellow cover. It was perfect for turning my Year Compass and Vision Board into planning for taking action. The Happiness Journal introduction says that:
‘Feeling happy and in control of your life is an extraordinary feeling – one that should be celebrated. Happiness is a unique concept, and for each person, happiness will mean something different. Think about the things that make you happy, What makes you smile? What makes you feel good? When you know what makes you happy, you can choose to experience more of it. Just remember to enjoy the journey.’
It arrived in February, I completed all the objectives and so that I could begin at the beginning of a month, it was March by the time I started using it. I have really enjoyed the experience.
Also, in January, I came across the Network of Wellbeing. My first introduction to the network was joining their first free webinar. It was entitled ‘Happier Self, Happier World’ – there it was again – happiness! This webinar was to lead me to adventures that I hadn’t planned at all. The guest speaker on the webinar was Shamash Alidina from The Museum of Happiness. He introduced the term ‘kindfulness’, he describes this on his blog:
“If mindfulness is practiced without lots of kindness, it’s missing something vital. If you’re just more aware of your stress, or anxiety or depression, that alone won’t help. You need to be kind to your emotions. You need to forgiving of your mistakes. Mindfulness tells you what’s going on. Kindfulness heals.”
Shamash has an amazing presence and his bubbling enthusiasm is positively infectious. Following the webinar, I followed-up by finding out more about the amazing Museum of Happiness. Before I knew it, I had put out an invitation on our Wolverhampton Action for Happiness Facebook page that I was going to visit on 17th February inviting others to join me. Six of us journeyed to Camden and had a brilliant fun-filled and happy day out. Perhaps I shouldn’t mention that there are pictures of some of us, doing the rounds, reliving our childhood in the adult ballpool! Before the visit to the Museum of Happiness Experience session, we enjoyed a lovely vegetarian/vegan lunch together in one of my new favourite restaurants called Mildred’s, if you are ever in Camden, I recommend a visit.
Next week I look forward to sharing how I got into the mindfulness habit.