“‘I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to
do it.” Pablo Picasso
There a number of programs that are available for those who work in stressful jobs to better cope with the stress. One program ,“The power of full engagement”, treats the workday the way an athlete would train for a competitive event. There is a focus on eating correctly, and managing your energy so that you can maximize your effort, so that you become fully engaged all through the day on your work.
People attend training for these types of programs and get really enthralled by what they learn and then after the training, after a couple of weeks, the training material ends up underneath a pile of stuff. A few weeks later the newly adopted thoughts are nearly drowned out by the current pressures of life. For some reason the material doesn’t stick, it doesn’t become a new habit and a new way of life. It is hard to change even when we know it will produce better results in our lives.
Creating a “happier” life isn’t easy either because it requires changing the way we think. It means changing some of our most basic thoughts from the negative to the positive. It is easier to worry and fret over an unknown future than it is to think of a solution that can be actively worked on to solve the problem. One simple thing to do is to think of five things that went well today, simple things, like getting out of bed, seeing the sun rise, or having a meal to eat. Those are things that most people miss in the expanse of a single day. How many things have to go right to get through a single day? Why not dwell on those things?
Sometimes it takes tapping the brakes of life a bit, too slow down and reflect on the good, to share words of gratitude with someone. Sometimes like the athlete, time must be taken off to relax, reflect and rebuild skills that have been dulled by the pressures of competition. Life isn’t a series of sprints, nor is it a marathon that must be won in order to be happy. Life is a race that is meant to be won, but it is also a race in which time is taken out of a day or a week to relax, reflect and relearn. In ancient times one day of the week was used to recover, and reconnect with friends and family. In our be busy every moment of our lives world that we live in today we may miss the recover and reconnect needs that we have.
To increase happiness, reflect and recover each day. Share the gratitude that you have for the things that went right and see if that doesn’t help you become a happier person.