Feeding happiness

There are countless different theories on emotions and how many baseline emotions humans have. One of the most prominent is Robert Plutchik's wheel of emotions that identifies eight basic emotions; joy, sadness, trust, disgust, fear, anger, surprise, and anticipation. More recent studies from Glasgow have narrowed this down further to only four irreducible emotions: happiness, sadness, anger, and fear.

Where wired to look out for trouble. That's how we've survived this far. Out of the four irreducible emotions three would be classified as "negative"; sadness, anger and fear. Whereas happiness is the light energy one. Sadness, anger and fear will all visit us from time to time during the course of our lifetime, we don't need to feed them. We need to feed happiness though, some say we even have to work for it.

It's not a race or a competition, still, we need to make conscious choices of where we want to wander when we're at baseline in our lives, when things just move along. How do you feed your happiness? Do you know what actions, people and circumstances help you get there more often? We don't need to run from the uncomfortable emotions, but we certainly don't need to chase them either, they always find us. 

I realize more and more that what I actually work with is mental training. In myself and in my clients. We program the brain to track and look for happiness, in the small things in life. Maybe I can help you too? 

With all my love,


It's supposed to be unclear

"If the path before you is clear, you're probably on someone else's path." - Joseph Campbell 

I love this quote so much. We're not supposed to having it all figured out. We're not supposed to know what our life will look like in ten years. We're supposed to take one step at a time and have a clear vision of which direction we want to take but not seeing the whole path. 

This prayer that I used to recite as a child brings the same message: Guide me on my way Lord, I need not know the path, just give me light enough to see the next step.

In this day and age we always try to control and plan everything, never seeming to learn that we really can't. Looking back at your life ten years ago - did you honestly think you would be where you are today? Has everything gone according to Your plan? Probably not. Life works in mysterious ways as they say. We don't always get what we want but we always get what we need. I truly believe that. You decide for yourself if it rings true to you.  

So let go a little, relax into your life. Ask for guidance and take the next step. Have a vision for your future but surrender control. Trust. 

With all my love,