Harvesting Happiness: Keys to Unlock Your Joy

From the Show: HER
Summary: Where do you look to find true happiness?
Air Date: 12/12/16
Duration: 34:25
Host: Michelle King Robson and Pam Peeke, MD
Guest Bio: Lisa Cypers Kamen
Lisa Cypers KamenThrough her wide-ranging decades-long career, Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA, has redefined — for herself and for many others, worldwide — the pursuit of happiness. Documentary filmmaker, positive psychology coach, author, syndicated radio show host, and lecturer, Lisa is, first and foremost, an expert in the skill of "harvesting happiness," even under life's most challenging circumstances.

Lisa's is the author of Are We Happy Yet? Eight Keys to Unlocking a Joyful Life, Harvesting Happiness for Heroes: Reintegration Strategies for Depression, Anxiety, Anger, Grief and PTSD; and Perspectives on Addiction: A Multi-Stepped Journey to Wholeness.

In her practice she focuses on addiction, trauma, and life crisis recovery, helping clients balance their minds, bodies, and emotions to transform their Post-Traumatic Stress into Post-Traumatic Growth for warriors, their families and anyone willing to channel their energies towards a more peaceful, fulfilled, and contented way of life.

Lisa's podcast, Harvesting Happiness Talk Radio, featuring highlights of her syndicated and internationally-broadcast radio show, spotlights interviews and talks with experts in the fields of personal-growth and self-improvement.

She is a Tedx speaker, and her work can also be found on the Huffington Post, Positively Positive, and Inspire Me Today websites. Lisa lives with her family in Southern California.

Harvesting Happiness: Keys to Unlock Your Joy
Harvesting happiness is about seeing the positive emotions within your grasp. You have the ability to grow positive emotion over time if you tend to your garden.

You are not too busy for self care. You just need to view your emotional well-being as something that needs training... as much training as your physical fitness.

Women tend to identify happiness based on external sources. Is your partner happy? Are your kids happy? Does that new handbag equal happiness? If you aren’t emotionally, psychologically, spiritually and physically fit, then happiness is going to be challenging.

You have to locate and release your emotional blocks to receiving happiness. Finding something positive to fill that space will lead you to a place of joy.

It’s not what other people think about you that determines your level of happiness. What stories do you tell yourself about yourself? If you’ve suffered abuse or feel bad about parts of your appearance, you’re telling yourself you don’t have value or deserve to be happy.

The good news is you can rewrite your own story.

Tips for Finding Happiness

  • Life is tough. You will endure pain. Suffering is optional.
  • You can be your own guru. Trust your inner voice.
  • Westerners are mass media marketing junkies. The message is that more is better. That’s not true. Reframe your relationship to "stuff."
  • Most of us are ruled by a desire for control. The only thing you can control is yourself.
  • Speak with someone to get your traumas heard and acknowledged.
Surviving trauma involves making meaning out of bad circumstances. Creating a meaningful life afterward helps you thrive.

You don’t like to feel negative emotions like grief, fear and anger. These emotions tell you that something is no longer working as well as it could be or should be. You want to turn the emotions off. However, if you look at the adversity, you can start to take control.

Extending kindness and empathy in someone’s hour of darkness increases our humanity.

Listen in as Lisa Cypers Kamen shares her best advice for finding happiness within yourself.


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