There is a movement afoot in the world. It’s all about being happy. Happy you ask? How silly, really, to think about being happy as if we have some actual, internal control over our own happiness. After all, isn’t being happy something that just happens to us? Turns out, it’s not!
In fact, as a coach you may find yourself working with clients who want just a little bit more happiness in their life. Some focus on the next big promotion, some on giving back to their community. Still others in finding balance between the excessive email inbox, and the completely unplugged vacation in the Bahamas. Really, though, happiness is all around us. Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project suggests that with planned and thoughtful intention one can increase feelings of happiness. So I tried it. For one week I asked myself “What makes me happy?” and then I made sure to do at least one thing every day that put a smile on my face. I discovered that not only was I happier, but everyone around me was happier too! How fantastic. My husband was smiling more. My daughter was humming in the shower. Okay, now to apply it to my profession. I began asking clients “what makes you happy?” The answers were often different and always fascinating. Every person I asked took control in some way for noticing, and then acting upon their own happiness. Early results show that as they became happier so did everyone around THEM!
Yep, it’s a movement all right. One well worth expanding on. So it’s your turn now.
What makes YOU happy?