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Joel’s newsletter on Happiness, July 8, 2009

An ezine about Creative thinking, Coaching, and Making a difference 

What’s the happiest country on earth?

According to a British research study recently reported in the news, it’s Costa Rica.

See Happiest Country On Earth 

People there report the highest life satisfaction of all the nations in the world. They also have a high life expectancy (second only to Canada) and their environment is lush and pristine. So if you want to be happy, move to Costa Rica!

That is, if you believe being happy is determined by where you live. That may be partly true. People do tend to be happier in certain countries than in others. It may be due to several factors, including a beautiful land, few troubles, a good standard of living.

But what really determines how happy you are? Does your environment make you happy? Or does being happy come from within?

The environment can contribute to feeling happy, but I believe that ultimately, being happy depends on the individual. When you accept life as it is, experience its richness, and are not too focused on the difficulties, then you’re much more likely to feel happy. I believe that being happy also comes from being fully engaged. When you’re using your mind and your body together, and feel the spiritual connection, then all parts of you are working as one, and that brings a sense of happiness. It’s like being in the flow state.

Speaking of environments that contribute to happiness, there’s an interesting parallel with creative thinking.

We tend to be happier in a clean environment than a polluted one.

Likewise, we can think more creatively when our mind is free of negative thoughts.

A rich, lush environment contributes to being happy.

Richness and variety of stimuli contribute to creativity.

We’re happier in an environment that’s free of impediments.

The mind can think more creatively when it’s free of mental blocks.

We’re more likely to be content in a wide, spacious environment.

Likewise we can be more creative when given plenty of time and space to think.

If you’re interested more in how Creative thinking and Coaching can contribute to happiness, please contact me, Joel Remde, at joel@joelremde.com.

Creative thinking tip

When you’re looking for new ideas or trying to solve a challenging problem, don’t settle for the first answers that come to you. Do write them down, but then dig deeper. Take time to play with ideas. Whatever thoughts come to you first, use them as a starting point. They don’t have to contain the solution in themselves; you can build on them to come up with more original, and perhaps more creative ideas.

As an example, I was trying to think of a gift for my wife, whose birthday happens to be today. I wrote down the first ideas that came to me – a book, dinner, flowers, something for the home. Then I took one of those ideas – book, and used that as a starting point for more ideas: biography, library, book of the month, journal, picture book, photograph album, book shelf, someplace to keep books, bookends, bookmark, gardening book. I could go on and on, but eventually I found something for her. If you want to know what, email me!

In future issues of this newsletter we’ll look at ways to dig deeper for ideas.

Quote of the week

“We are continually faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.” - John W. Gardner

I’ve sure you’ve heard the idea that problems can be opportunities. It depends on how you look at them. Is the glass half empty or half full? If you focus on the fact that something is a problem, then it’s like seeing the glass half empty. But if you look for an opportunity, then you’ll probably find one. How can there be an opportunity in an insoluble problem, one that seems to have no solution? I believe that there is always an opportunity. A so-called insoluble problem simply means that ordinary methods don’t work, so we have to be more creative. We have to look at the situation differently than we’re used to. We may have to go deeper or look at it from a new perspective. We might eventually find a solution, or we might find something completely different that’s even more valuable.

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This newsletter is written by Joel Remde, to receive this newsletter via email contact joel@joelremde.com. I welcome your comments and feedback; that will help me learn what you’re interested in and also make this a better newsletter.

Learn more about The Creative Thinking Coach at www.coachjoel.com

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A Vision Makes A Difference
Invisible Connections
Creative Individuals
A Tribute To Don Hewitt
Lessons From The River
What Is Creative Thinking?
It's All About Energy
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Place Of Power
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Simple Lessons
Buildings And Values
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Creative Apps
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Everyday Heroes
Remembering Jim Rohn - A Great Philosopher
Holiday Rituals
Love One Another
A Look At The Year
Happy New You
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