There is a lot of research happening on the subject of happiness. A plethora of books have been written and help groups established. At a recent MiB (http://www.mibconnections.com/)
luncheon I was delighted to have the opportunity to hear Gillian Leithman speak on the subject. She offers a range of workshops including one entitled “The Art and Science of Happiness” (http://lifeskillstoolbox.ca/)
Gillian spoke about three types of activites that make you happy:
1. Pleasurable activities; ones that are fleeting.
2. “Flow” activities; ones in which you lose all sense of time.
3. Meaningful activities; ones which infuse your life with meaning and purpose.
Those smiling faces in the photo are an example of #3. Volunteering at Beaconsfield High School making jewellery with the kids not only ignites many great new design ideas, but gives me so much pleasure. I am so grateful to have to opportunity to interact with those wonderful kids. Which brings me to Gillian’s other main idea…to keep a Gratitude Journal. She challenged us to keep a journal for 31 days and write 5 things that we are grateful for at the end of each day. Document even the littlest things and to write different things each day. The idea is that the more you identify the positive aspects of your life, the more you will attract the positive and not focus on the negative.