Bring back the “Happy Place”

Today, more than ever, we are faced with a world of frenzy. We are challenged to manage in a fast-paced vortex of emails, social media interactions, overloaded schedules, list of lists and more. We have hectic days filled with endless meetings, appointments and scheduled activities that leave us run down and exhausted.

At times these conditions are self-imposed. We choose to do as much as we can for a variety of reasons.
Seldom can we expect to live a life of leisure and worry free abandon. Reality comes in the form of mortgage, responsibilities, commitments and even promises to one’s self and others.

Given today’s lifestyles, I propose bringing back the “Happy Place.”

You may ask yourself, in a world of concrete must-dos how a “Happy Place” fits in. Earl Nightingale, a pioneer in the field of personal development and the power of thought stated “We become what we think about.” In a world of stress wouldn’t it be wonderful to have an energy boosting capability? If we become what we think about, how can we think ourselves calmer, stronger and more fierce and capable of managing said stress?

I achieve this stronger disposition by going to my “Happy Place” which in my case varies between our cottage dock, the Gatineau parkway on a fall day or the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Imagining myself in any of these surroundings brings an immediate calmness and zen state of mind. My breathing and heart rate slow down, my muscles relax and my mind wanders to the joy and happiness I experienced in these locations. We all have one or more “Happy Places” but we likely have forgotten about them and the magic they bring to us.

Take a few moments to honour and bring back your “Happy Place” and leverage its power to help you through your busy days. You just may be pleasantly surprised at the results!

– Sylvie Hanes

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