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07/01/2013 05:21 pm ET Updated Aug 31, 2013

The Alphabet of Happiness: 'H'

Even throughout the busy pace of everyday life, happiness is always close at hand. Rather than pursuing it, consider focusing in one place... inside. The good news is that by placing our attention on inner happiness, we train our brain to experience more of it. Randy Taran, Founder and CEO of Project Happiness, and author of The Project Happiness Handbook looks at the many facets. Below is a post from her Alphabet of Happiness, exploring the letter "H":

Hope:
I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe. - The Dalai Lama

Hope is like a time machine that moves you from one place to another, from one state to something better, from the way it is to the way it can be. Hope is the elixir of all forward movement- it fuels you into the future, gives form to your dreams, and ignites your creativity. Hope harnesses the imagination, directs your energy and gives you the resilience to face the ups and downs that life presents. Hold on to your hope, nourish it, and give it wings. It will carry you from pain to passion. Trust in hope, focus on it, and create the conditions for it to grow. Surround yourself with people who want the best for you, who are generous with their encouragement, who see you for who you are becoming and who share your dreams. Hope is truly contagious - spread it to others. Imagine what your hope can ignite!

Honesty:
That inner voice has both gentleness and clarity. So to get to authenticity, you really keep going down to the bone, to the honesty, and the inevitability of something.
- Meredith Monk

Living your life with the intention of being honest to your authentic self is a key to well-being. Be honest about how you feel, and about how your thoughts influence your reality. Be honest with yourself about how the choices you make today show up in your world in the future. Be honest about what is really working for you and what may be just a comfortable habit. Be honest about your challenges, but don't ever forget your strengths. Be honest about what brings you joy and also about how much of that joy you are embracing day to day. Be honest about whether what you are doing is making you feel alive. If not, decide to make a change. If your decisions are propelling your feeling of aliveness, it is a strong indicator that you are right on track. Celebrate by all means! By being true to yourself, and shining your light bright, others will be inspired to shine theirs too.

Health:
A healthy outside starts from the inside.
- Robert Urich

Your health is directly related to your happiness. People who feel healthy have more energy. More energy is the fuel to experience all that life has to offer. There are 4 levels of well-being to consider: the well-being in your inner life, your physical body, healthy relationships, and the health of your environment.
Inner Life: Your inner life feels aligned when you tune into it. Take some time to check in with yourself. Whether in nature or meditation, pay attention to the promptings of your heart. At a deep level, you know all the answers - listen...

Healthy Body: A healthy body loves the basics - enough sleep, some exercise, and food that is alive. Consider these basics the maintenance you need to keep your engine running. A healthy attitude also influences physical challenges. Work with what you have and find peace with what is. Your body is the vessel of your spirit - treat it accordingly!

Healthy Relationships: Another aspect to consider is healthy relationships - are your thoughts, words and deeds empowering yourself and others? What you send out (whether kindness or anger) will boomerang right back to you. By relating with kindness, expect more of it in return.

Your Environment: Finally, the health of your environment is something you can definitely impact. Surround yourself with at least one thing that is beautiful and know that even small actions have big ripples. More than you know, your health is in your hands - take charge and feel alive!

What are some other facets of happiness that start with "H"? What is your secret to happiness?

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