Leslie Villelli of the Happiness is Project is back with another engaging and informative topic.
As always we discuss the Science of Happiness and the Power of Beliefs.
This week’s title is a take off on a phrase from the movie “Forrest Gump” It brings us real tools to bring to light the fact that the only limits to our happiness are self imposed.
Below some excerpts from articles Leslie has written.
Being happy is not mysterious. It’s a skill, a habit. Experiencing happiness and a sense of well-being is beneficial to us in many, many ways. Scientists predict that they’ve just scratched the surface of our ability to measure those amazing benefits. What we do know, now, is that the chemicals we manufacture internally when we are happy that we have, are, or can do something, are health giving, energy giving substances. And, we know we feel good.
Ken here. It is late and I am under deadline looking for text to accompany this great interview. I’m “winging it here” and some of these passages are years old, but …. guess what ….. I think I have discovered that possibly happiness is one of those things that transcend time and space. One of those “Universal Truths”
This Leslie wrote 5 years ago while working on a different project:
What if “our joy is simply a habit to reclaim”?
Playing with my three year old granddaughter had me realize something. She is in the habit of being ecstatic about life! Joy is the habit she is in!
Every once in a while, something interrupts her habit temporarily—but not for long. It’s like watching one of those paddle ball toys. The ball might go out a long ways but it always comes back via the rubber band it’s attached to.
Once upon a time, we all were in the habit of joy. We were born that way.
EXPERIMENT: Pretend you’re addicted to joy. Pretend you have a habit of being joyful like the habit of having a cup of coffee every morning, or flossing your teeth. You would never forego your coffee or floss so why forego your joy? Find a way to get it! Just for the next 24 hours, refuse to do without your joy.
Leslie Villelli, a sparkly, small but mighty woman, has been a life/relationship coach for over 25 years. Her clients include teenagers, grandmas, newlyweds, singles looking for partners, and married couples looking for renewal or empowered completion, as well those looking to find and fulfill their purposes in life.
What Leslie brings to the party is the belief that we are designed to thrive and be happy. You could say, it is our default program. That belief is the cornerstone of her practice. From there, it is a short path to gaining the tools that allow us to experience ourselves as powerful, joyful, and whole.
When an individual gets good at focusing on what they desire and learns to use their innate human skills to turn those wants into reality, they begin to experience life as it was meant to be; a delightful adventure of spirit!
Leslie can be contacted by phone at: (509) 220-0935