Unfolding on the Mat
Expanded Content and Thoughtful Guidance
Ready for some more happiness advice? On this week's podcast, I'm drawing again on one of the gems I found in this issue of TIME Magazine.
One of the articles, titled Nine Ways to Feel More Joy (by Kate Lowenstein), encourages us to do something that honestly hadn't occurred to me as a way to feel happy:
"Forget self-improvement and "[bask] in what's already great about yourself."
Well, la-ti-da! Take a little break from thinking about thinking? Pause the analyzing mind and be happy with what IS?
You mean act like my dog?
She's told all the time she's "such a good girl," and "so sweet," and "what a smart doggy." I'm convinced she agrees and has no shame about it! And believe me, she IS HAPPY! She sure isn't spending much time worrying about being good enough in any of the categories we like to create: looks, smarts, worthiness, loveability, capability, income, status, athleticism, etc. She just likes herself and loves her humans. See? She IS a smart doggy :)
The article continues on to talk about how to "identify your strong suits" with the free Values in Action Survey of Character Strengths. It's like a fun scavenger hunt to find the words that describe your awesomeness. They divide the words out into six broad virtue categories:
From there, they describe the words in those categories, so you can get a working definition of each strength. There's even a quiz to take to help you narrow it down!
Let's do a little practice to what you already know about yourself:
May you recognize all the ways you are already wonderful, and may you let the world see them as well.
Jessica lives, has a family, and teaches yoga in Austin, Texas.