Happiness is a Skill

 

 

I love to read, and lately I have seen several articles on how to be happy. As a world, we are in tumultuous times. We are seeking happiness and wonder why we don’t have it. This weekend I saw an article in the New York Times that caught my eye: How to be Happy. The writer said: “Behavioral scientists have spent a lot of time studying what makes us happy (and what doesn’t). We know happiness can predict health and longevity, and happiness scales can be used to measure social progress and the success of public policies. But happiness isn’t something that just happens to you. Everyone has the power to make small changes in our behavior, our surroundings and our relationships that can help set us on course for a happier life.”
Here at Take Note Troupe, we believe that happiness is a skill, not a circumstance. We do this with Play Theory, a positive paradigm, or mindset, that focuses on four principles: “Be Present, Let Go and Play, Say Yes And, Look Outward.”
If Happiness is a Skill, do we learn it once and that’s enough? When a baby learns to walk, does it just take one try? No, it takes many trials and errors, along with wonderful successes. Happiness is an attitude. Happiness is an action. You must challenge negative thoughts. Negative thinking happens to all of us, but if we recognize it and challenge that thinking, we are taking a big step toward a happier life.
We have established that happiness is a skill. That means you need to practice it every day. Come back for another class. Take it again, and again. Each time you take it or revisit it, you will build on your skills. You will notice things you did not before. You will look in your daily activities to really see people. You will listen more. You will learn to love those around you. You will be a leader. What a gift you will be to others and to yourself.
Our goal is to change the world one person at a time. Our vision statement states: “As individuals go forward and interact in positive ways throughout their lives PT’s influence continues to spread countering the cynicism of our current culture. PT builds hope for a better world which is an immediate improvement in the world- literally PT is changing the world for the better.” I will start with me. Can we count on you too? We’ll save you a spot.

Jane Dildine
Community Outreach Specialist