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Life satisfaction. Well-being. Happiness.

All are interchangeable.

How many times do I hear people say, “I just want you to be happy.” Or, “ I want to be satisfied with my life.”

We just concluded our Flourish Lifestyles retreat titled: The Happiness Retreat.

We designed numerous activities to cultivate happiness. We practiced mindfulness during our hike, practiced silence, did a sense and savor walk and discussed our wandering mind.

We cooked together, tasted biodynamic wine, made a list of “dreams”, harvested arnica and tasted living tea. We were able to connect with the beauty of nature. All these were very intentional and uplifting.

I related the research supporting the fact we reap the benefits of mindfulness activities long after we do the practices. It is like building a muscle. The more we engage in activities to cultivate well-being, the happier we are.

As we explored and enjoyed Telluride, I noticed people truly present in the moment and fully embracing mountain activities and community. I witnessed conversation and enjoyment of nature for all ages. No phones. No computers. Anywhere.

I was freshly reminded of the power of happiness activities as I returned home to Austin.

I transitioned to my daily life, work and family with a deep calm and a reservoir of happiness. I have felt it continually through the days and nights.

It is a layer of happiness wrapping my heart, soul and mind. It energizes me and helps me stay in the present moment.

I am in awe of the power of opportunities to cultivate happiness. And what is so amazing is the fact I can continue them wherever I am!

Maintaining the calm, filling the reservoir.

With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. Isaiah 12:3

Related Resources: Savor the Day, a journal to cultivate gratitude and savoring in daily life.

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