William DeFoore, Ph.D. March 2014 Vol 8 No. 3  

The Art Of Happiness

The art of happiness in two ways, that is. There is the art of accessing, creating and growing your happiness on an ongoing basis, and there is the experience of expanding happiness through art. We'll look at both. The art of creating and growing your happiness, by the way, includes some science. And the scientific evidence is clear, that happiness coincides with health, success, and strong, loving relationships.
You build and maintain your happiness by:
  1. Creating a strong foundation by healing old wounds and replacing self-limiting beliefs with empowering beliefs
  2. Building excellent skills to care for your body/mind/soul
  3. Constantly finding and growing your tools and resources for happiness and well being

Take a look at this image to get an idea of how this works.

Why call it art?
Because the more you do it, the more natural, beautiful and creative you become. Check out our new web page called The Art Of Happiness.

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Happiness Through Art

Art is all around you, all of the time. Beyond the veil of the familiar, beauty is waiting with anticipation for your appreciative glance. There is the great art of all time, that you find in museums, or if you're fortunate enough, in your home. (Don't miss the excellent film Monuments Men, which tells of the heroic efforts to preserve our great art during WWII.) But there is also the simple and subtle art of how a table is arranged, the curve and texture of your hands, and the eyes of your beloved. Be sure you receive the gifts that are all around you, all of the time. You can appreciate art through:

  1. What you see -- let your eyes gaze softly on what  is around you. Notice the subtle art...appreciate it.
  2. What you hear -- listen for the sounds of laughter and love, music and birdsong. It will lighten your heart.
  3. How you move -- be mindful, awake and aware as you move. Your movement is the dance of your soul.
  4. Your experience of nature -- get outside, walk barefoot on the earth, watch the birds, climb a hill.

Art is everywhere, all of the time. The more you look for it and choose to slow down and appreciate it, the more joyful, wise and compassionate you will be.

Art In Music, Video & Action

I know you will appreciate the art in this man's photographs of his daughter. He shows a stunningly beautiful illustration of color, attitude and design, as you also find in this 4 year old's self-designed paper dresses. Listen, look and learn about the Chicago Children's Choir, which is "shaping the future by making a difference in the lives of children and youth through musical excellence." That will warm your heart and inspire you. Now, discover what happy couples do and watch this moving video showing 12 acts of kindness from police officers around the country. Ever wonder what "the good life" really is? This wonderful video provides answers from some great and wise folks. And speaking of great and wise folks, watch and listen as Marc and Angel describe 4 Ways To Live Today and Not Merely Exist. Enjoy this video about Tinney Davison, an elderly woman who has made a difference sitting in her living room and waving, and this video story of a man who literally printed a prosthetic hand for his son -- for five dollars! Now let's close with a crescendo of ice sculpting, a mother-son dance, a moving story of Olympic Gold and some inspiring teacher-student motivational quotes. Expand your vision and the art of your appreciation to encompass more and more of this amazingly diverse, innovative and magnificent world we live in.

 Quotes from Great Goodfinders

"A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men."
--Ronald Dahl

"Happiness is like jam. You can't spread even a little without getting some on yourself."

Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and you won't have to hunt for happiness."
--William Gladstone

"Being happy doesn't mean everything is perfect. It means you've decided to look beyond the imperfections."




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