101 Ways to Be Really Happy: Step #75– Focus on Someone Else

Milton Erikson, the father of modern hypnosis, gave his patients homework assignments all the time. To one woman with depression, who could grow really beautiful orchids, he said, “Take orchids to shut ins, people in nursing homes, and anyone who needs cheering up.” He always gave people assignments to stop focusing on their own problems … More 101 Ways to Be Really Happy: Step #75– Focus on Someone Else

101 Ways to Be Really Happy: Step #71– Be Silent for a Day

Just see if you can do this for 5 minutes. Go somewhere like a library or far out in nature. Make sure all electronic gadgets are turned off. Steer clear of conversations. If you are at the library, perhaps you can use one of their private meeting rooms for 5 minutes. Go to the silent … More 101 Ways to Be Really Happy: Step #71– Be Silent for a Day

101 Ways to Be Really Happy: Step #70– Get Back to Nature

One of my favorite happiness steps is one I practice on a daily basis: getting back to nature. Since I live 3 minutes from the San Antonio River, I like to walk my dogs there. We get quality-time together; we all get exercise; I frequently meet nice folks (either tourists or natives) and the scenery is … More 101 Ways to Be Really Happy: Step #70– Get Back to Nature

101 Ways to Be Really Happy: Step # 68– Make it a Game

Back when I first started my business, I did some stage hypnosis, mostly for Project Graduation. The thing I really like about doing stage games with kids is that they don’t take themselves too seriously. Life works better that way, too… when you don’t take it too seriously. So a long time ago, I figured … More 101 Ways to Be Really Happy: Step # 68– Make it a Game

101 Ways to Be Really Happy: Step #66–Go With the Flow

I tell my hypnosis clients all the time: Emotions are not good or bad as long as they are not stuck. They are meant to flow through us like water. It’s okay to feel your feelings. After all, that’s what feelings are for. The problems occur when the emotions get trapped in our bodies, a condition … More 101 Ways to Be Really Happy: Step #66–Go With the Flow

101 Ways to Be Really Happy: Step #65–Practice Synesthesia

From Literarydevices.net: Generally, the term “synesthesia” refers to a certain medical condition in which one of the five senses simultaneously stimulates another sense. A person with such condition may not only see alphabets but also associate them with particular scents. This happens when the different parts of the brain that are responsible in identifying color, … More 101 Ways to Be Really Happy: Step #65–Practice Synesthesia

101 Ways to Be Really Happy: Step #64–Keep It Simple–

Remember in school we were taught the KISS principle? Keep It Simple, Stupid. This truism is TRUE in every aspect of life. AND, Simple actually translates to Happy, too. I started working on this post to see if I could find some research on the topic to support my long held personal beliefs. Here is what Harvard … More 101 Ways to Be Really Happy: Step #64–Keep It Simple–