Sometimes I think I might as well wrap up this Happiness Experiment. It's a success. I have a Habit of Feeling Happy most of the time. I wake up with a smile on my face, I maintain a happy mood and a cheerful demeanor throughout most of the day. This is what I set out to do, and rather to my amazement, it's a done deal. To tell you the truth, it feels kind of weird sometimes, being happy like this.
"Who is this strange woman?" I ask myself. "Who is this stranger, this person who's living here in this ol' familiar body?" It's strangely disconcerting.
Mind you, I'm not complaining. I like this state of being. It is way more fun than my old way of being, walking around the way I used to do with a black cloud - or at any rate, a charcoal grey cloud - hovering over my head.
Back when I started this experiment, I wasn't 100% certain that a person actually could change her dominant mood. It sounded a bit simplistic to suggest that all one need do is simply choose the preferred mood over and over again.
At best, I expected it to take a long time, a very long time, before the new mood would become habitual. I expected to see some improvement in my mood after a full year of repeating "I choose to feel happy," but I sure didn't expect that the dark cloud would vanish after a mere six months!! In short, I'm flabbergasted.
I'm especially flabbergasted that the ONLY thing I had to do was repeat my motto: "I choose to feel happy. I choose to feel happy, I choose to feel happy ..." That's it. That's all I did. I didn't:
All I did was choose to be happy, and 6 months later - I am more consistently happy than I've ever been in my life. Go figure!
PS: Inspired by my story? Why not try your own experiment? If "choosing to feel happy" doesn't ring your bells, GO HERE for a list of other positive emotions and states to choose from.