Being Present Brings Happiness
Mary Lynn Ziemer, certified life coach, business consultant and motivational speaker with over thirty years of experience as an executive and entrepreneur, is putting her experience to good use, as a presenter with Joyful Health and Wealth. This position allows her to address people across the country on what it truly means to be happy, and what actions must be taken to insure that final step from contentment to true joy.
According to a recent article completed by Ziemer for News-Press, the key is being present—following that childlike inclination towards living in the now, which results in less anxiety over past mistakes and worrying over the uncertainty of the future. Ziemer claims that being plagued by the past or the future takes away from the individual’s ability to enjoy the present; “mind chatter,” takes away from enjoyment and often merely gets in the way.
To prevent persistent plaguing from mind chatter, Ziemer suggests the individual engage in a daily session of meditation. Taking five minutes to listen to and observe the thoughts carrying through one’s brain gives the thoughts their due and clears the conscience of the need to listen to them constantly. Even something as simple as a walk through nature can provide the quiet required for this cleansing activity.
After meditation is engaged in as a way of clearing troubling thoughts, Ziemer encourages her clients to smile and laugh excessively throughout the day. Scientific studies show that the mere act of smiling will imbue the individual with happiness, all on its own; it naturally makes people feel better. It is also a well-known fact that smiling requires fewer muscles than frowning and is, therefore, a less strenuous on your face; this can also help improve comfort and contentment.
Infusing the day with a certain passion is also crucial to broadening happiness. Individuals can often drown under things they feel they “need” to do and forget to make joy a priority in their day as well. Ziemer suggests making a list of things that one actually enjoys completing. From this list, dedicate at least fifteen minutes a day to one of the listed activities.
Fundamentally, Ziemer insists that it is perception that matters. All people have things they must do—things that are utterly unavoidable, which may not be enjoyable. If these necessary tasks make the individual miserable, that affect will flood through every other aspect of life. Ziemer suggests rethinking and reframing these projects; if the individual constantly reminds themselves that this has the potential to be the best day of their life, the day—not to mention, its mundane tasks—will become inherently more enjoyable.