For many of us, happiness is conditional -- meaning that we don't allow ourselves to feel happy until some outside condition has been met.
I can remember saying things like, "I'll be happy when... I finally get a promotion" or "I'll be happy when... I get my dream house, find the perfect partner, or fit into my skinny jeans again, etc."
The problem with this is that it requires some condition to happen in the future, and often, that condition is something that is outside of our control. This leaves you feeling unhappy and dissatisfied.
The good news is that there's a simple way to feel happier right now that is not dependent on some condition happening in the future.
How It Works
I'm no stranger to depression, anxiety, and panic attacks so I've spent quite a bit of time reading books and researching the science behind what makes people happy (opposed to depressed and anxious) from a cognitive perspective.
[Please note that I'm not suggesting that cognitive exercises will cure depression or that they are a substitute for medication or professional counseling.]
One of my favorite resources on the subject of happiness is the book "21 Days to Happiness," by Ingrid Kelada. Ingrid is a trained psychologist and happiness expert. The book is an action guide that gives you 21 daily exercises that are scientifically proven to help you feel happier.
I tried them all, and I'm pleased to say that they did help increase my overall happiness. But the part of the book that I found to be particularly powerful was the chapter on visualization.
The power of visualization
Visualization is the process of using your imagination to help create whatever you want to happen in your life, including feelings of happiness, peace, relaxation, love, and joy.
There are three really amazing things that happen when you practice visualization exercises:
1) You get to feel the feelings that you are seeking immediately (instant happiness),
2) Using visualization exercises makes it exponentially more likely that you will achieve the outcome that you are seeking, and
3) This practice is scientifically proven to increase your physical and mental performance. That's why it's commonly used by professional and Olympic athletes.
After listening to the "21 Days to Happiness" audiobook, I started incorporating a quick 10 minute visualization exercise into my daily routine and it has made a huge difference. I feel more positive, peaceful, creative, energized, and, well... happy!
Free audio visualization download
I'd like to give you a free audio download of the happiness visualization exercise that I created and use everyday to feel happier. It's only takes 10 minutes.
Just click the button below to download the audio exercise. Then find a quiet, comfortable place to sit, and let the audio guide you through a powerful "mental vacation" that will leave you feeling happier for the rest of the day.