How To Write Your Way To Happiness
Do you spend perhaps too much time struggling with finding or maintaining feelings of happiness? For a long time I did, until I discovered a neat little writing trick that really helped change that for the better FAST! I'll share the exercise with you in a bit. But first, I'd like to share the benefits I discovered after taking the time to write about my own happiness for at least 15 minutes per day for one week.
10 Things I Learned Writing About My Happiness
- Writing about your happiness helps change your focus - Many of us know that if we do any activity for a prolonged period of time, it helps change our focus. Writing about your happiness each day, especially in the way that I'll show you, is no exception. It can make significant positive changes to your brain chemistry and your focus in as little as 15 minutes.
- Writing about your happiness helps change your perspective - Once your focus has been changed, your perspective (or the vantage point from which you're able to see and experience things) begins to change for the positive as well.
- Writing about your happiness helps expand your thoughts - Since writing about your happiness for a prolonged period of time alters and changes your perspective, the thoughts that you think become more expanded too. For example, you may find that a stressful thought that was really sticking with you before you started writing about your happiness begins to completely dissolve once your focus and perspective begin to change for the better.
- Writing about your happiness elevates your mood - Once your focus, perspective and thoughts begin to expand and change for the better, an elevation in mood is a natural consequence.
- Writing about your happiness helps you feel more optimistic - Once your focus, perspective, thoughts and mood change for the better, you will automatically begin thinking and behaving in a more optimistic way.
- Writing about your happiness helps develop and sharpen your sense of intuition - Once you enter "the realm of optimism" and allow yourself to remain there for a little while each day, your sense of intuition, clarity and knowing will automatically begin to show itself (if it's not already).
- Writing about your happiness helps reduce stress - Since your focus automatically changes to the positive when you write about your happiness, any stress you may be experiencing automatically begins to dissipate.
- Writing about your happiness helps make it easier to get through your day - Since your focus and mood are more positive, and you feel less stress when you write about your happiness, this often makes it much easier to make it through your day.
- Writing about your happiness improves your overall health - Since your focus is more positive and any stress You may be feeling is reduced when you write about your happiness, your overall health often improves as well.
- Writing about your happiness helps change your life for the positive - Since writing about your happiness helps change your focus and put you in a more positive mindset, the look and feel of your life will begin to change such that it's more positive as well.
Did you know? According to personal success guru Tony Robbins, the human brain is hard wired to look for things that are wrong or not right?
So how can we write about our happiness in a way that changes our focus fast? The best way I know how to do this is by writing about our happiness in such a way that it reprograms our brains to automatically default to thinking of things that are more positive instead of negative. You can do this by doing the writing exercise outlined below.
How To Write About Your Happiness
- Choose the way you want to write – by hand in a notebook, on your computer using a word processing program, or online using wonderful morning pages services like 750 Words.
- Write down nothing but things that make you feel happy – Write down nothing but things that make you feel happy, things that bring you joy, things that you appreciate and things that make you feel grateful. These things you write don’t have to make any sense, or be in complete sentences – and you can keep writing the same things over and over and over again until you feel guided to write something different (See an example of how to write about your happinesses in the picture below). Remember that as you're writing, you're in the process of reprograming your brain, which is very similar to reprograming a computer. So be patient with yourself and with what may or may not come out.
- Write your happinesses down daily – Keep writing your happinesses, joys, appreciations and gratitudes for 15 minutes, or until you’ve written 750 words or three handwritten pages.
- Keep writing your happinesses down daily for at least one week – Keep writing your happinesses consistently every day for at least one week.
- Notice how you feel and how things begin to change in your life – Notice how you feel inside and how your life begins to change. Is it feeling better? If you’re enjoying the end result, keep writing about your happiness!
Have you been writing down your happinesses for at least one week? What have you noticed, or what things in your life have changed? Share your answers in the comments.
© 2017 Juliet Parrott-Merrell