Finding Happiness

“Happiness”, it’s this thing everyone talks about – like it’s an unattainable thing.

Something elusive, which only a small percentage of people seem to enjoy – an exclusive and select group that must only be happy because they live in X country, own X items, have X job, X people in their lives, etc… etc…

The reasons, excuses and theoretical jargon we hear all the time, from those who are unhappy, is nothing more than “jargon”. We all have the ability to be happy, whether we have the perfect job, perfect family, house, or not. Whether we’re living the high life, or not. Or whether we’re having problems right now, or not…

Happiness is not that euphoric feeling we all feel after an achievement – happiness isn’t triumphant…

Happiness is steady, solid, unwavering and peaceful.

True, real happiness is being happy, even when things aren’t going smoothly.

Happiness is always with you, even when you’re battling a challenge. That’s not to say that you won’t feel unhappy, but you won’t hit rock bottom, or feel utterly depressed if you realise that it isn’t a fluke — happiness is easily achieved, through daily practice, and will be with you every day, like a best friend.

Happiness is a choice — when you wake up; and you go through your daily rituals, ask yourself the big question – “How do I decide to feel today?”

We all have problems and battles we deal with day in and day out. But while going through your own personal battle, there are moments of calmness, peacefulness, and in those moments… in the lulls, that’s when you can find your happy place.

Look up at the sky, and find something to smile about. Pause and look around you, and smile at something. Just smile. Think to yourself how lovely something looks. Smile at someone you pass – do something which a happy person would do. Appreciate what’s around you right now.

Smile at everything you can – appreciate everything you’re able to do. Have you just gone and bought a coffee? Did you drive to work? Did you walk somewhere? Smile. Because you can, and you did something – smile because you woke up this morning, got out of bed and started your day. Appreciate every small step, every single thing you’ve done today…

Look within – and find something to smile about that’s around you – do this every moment you remember to – and if you can’t remember to do it, add a reminder to your phone, or calendar, computer… write it on a sticky note and put it on your bedroom door…. anywhere you can to help you get into the habit of smiling and taking a second to appreciate something you see, or have done…

Happiness is a daily choice. Every time you wake up, you have a momentary decision – are you going to be happy today, or not?

Being happy doesn’t mean you won’t be unhappy, and happiness isn’t a flakey feeling – it shouldn’t disappear, even though you’re having problems. It should just always be there, under the surface. So when you’re finding something difficult, you just need to look, smile, appreciate, and you’ll feel happy.

Every time you feel happy, your problems will feel smaller, and less significant and more conquerable.

There are hundreds of fun, happy songs you can listen to. Feeling sad, down, depressed and flat? Put one on. Be obvious and play “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. Go and get some dance music – and let the music’s happy beat take you out of your dark place.

If you can’t find happiness – then go and exercise, go for a run, go and draw something, but most of importantly, do something. Stop thinking and feeling unhappy, and do something with yourself, then appreciate what you’ve done. It can be big, or small. The size of the action you’ve taken isn’t the important part – but that you enjoy it, wholeheartedly, and smile at all the steps you did, to achieve it.

The fundamental part of finding happiness is to stop looking for it to knock you sideways and to find yourself brimming with joy. That’s ecstaticness – not happiness. Happiness is a habit of enjoying every moment, thing and person in your life, whether you’re having the time of your life, or the battle of your life.

Happiness isn’t something to be found, it’s there – you have it in you, but you’re not looking for it, and you’re not appreciating what you have around you.

When you stop thinking it’s unattainable, and stop hoping that something, or someone will give you happiness, that’s when you’ll find it. But most of all, find joy in everything you do, in everything you see and have.

Stand and stare in amazement at something – that’ll make you happy. When you feel it, hold onto it, melt in the feeling, and bring it with you when you appreciate something else.

Happiness, like most things in life, is a decision, a choice – it is as attainable as getting a glass of water. If you’re thirsty, what do you do? You get a glass of water. Like it’s no more complicated than walking over to the kitchen sink with a glass and filling it up.

Feeling unhappy?

Decide to be happy. It’s a choice, it’s your choice, and only you have the ability and power to really make yourself happy.

Sure, somebody, or something can make you feel happier, but it isn’t the same as true, deep, solid, unwavering, calm, happiness.

3 Life Altering Reasons to Start a 365 Photography Project now.

1. It’s The FASTEST Way To Improve

When we look at the beginning of our 365 project(s) it’s unbelievable how much this project transformed our photography at an extremely  fast pace. When you take photographs everyday it improves your photography skills like nothing else…

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2. Endless Inspiration

It’s so easy to feel uninspired,  it happens to all of us…

The great thing about a 365 Project is it gives you endless ideas and inspiration, of course there are days when you might feel completely stuck, but that’s why we wrote “HOW TO: 365 Photography Project eBook” – it’s there to help you conquer everything.

But the main thing about a 365 Project is that it helps you like you won’t believe. You’ll “understand” what we’re saying, but once you see it for yourself, once you experience it, you’ll know what we’re talking about…!

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3. It Will Build Up Your Portfolio

If you want to QUICKLY build up your portfolio, this project is the best way to do it.

When you complete the project not only will you get 365 photographs,  it is more like 500+ photographs because there will be days when you will most likely take outtakes from each or every other day.

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Start Your Own Project! Just jump in…

So, if you’re like me, and you want to build up your photography portfolio, challenge yourself, and give yourself an opportunity to  try new things, then I cannot recommend a photography project more.

Whether you want to take on the big challenge of a 365 Days Project, or so365bookcover border 2 742x1024 3 Life Altering Reasons to Start a 365 Photography Project now.mething a little less time-consuming, such as a 260 Days Project, or 52 Days Project… it’s all possible!

If you’re looking for help, and advice on how to go about doing one of these projects, and all the many things you should, and should not do, how to get through a long and lengthy project, while still staying inspired, plus all the many important tips and things we’ve learnt over the course of many 365 projects, then I highly recommend you grab your copy of “How To: 365 Photography Project” eBook.

This will really help you to avoid those sticky situations when you have no clue what to do, or what the best composition is, or what to photograph, or how to photograph something. It’s a complete guide to photography, and a challenging project.

I’ll let the page do the talking; find out what’s inside the eBook, and how it can help you, even if you don’t want to do a big project like we have – it’s a total guide to your DSLR, how to use it to the best of anyone’s ability, and how to dramatically become a stunning photography, in any field of photography.

“How To: 365 Days of Photography Project” 

http://www.thebellsisters.com/how-to-365-photography-project

Starting at the Starting Line: Project 365 Number 3

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For the last few years I have been on a roller-coaster ride of photography, starting with my first 365 Project, which I started on a whim, not realising what I had ahead of me…

Then after I successfully completed it, I followed it 9 months later with a second 365 Project that took me to new places, and new challenging situations. In between project 1 and project 2, I also embarked on a different project, 100 Jump Photographs which set me up to take many more jumps in my second 365 Project.

On April 30th 2013 I completed the second 365 project and since then I have been knee-deep in work, and also writing a “How To” for 365 Projects eBook with my two sisters on The Bell Sisters, which will be available to pre-order soon.

Which gets me to this day… July 13th 2013 — the start of my third 365 project. I never thought I would start a third, but having done two, and realising how happy they make me, and how much you remember of each year because of them, I can’t resist it – even though (as I was reminded by my sister, Sasha – who is currently on Day 294 of her second 365 project) it is hard work, especially during the darker months… coming through and seeing the year in photographs, is so very worth it.

I hope you enjoy this start… see you in 365 days time, at the finish line.

References:-

365 Project #1 – see it on Flickr.

365 Project #2 – see it on Flickr.

100 Jump Photographs Project – see it on flickr.

 

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Having done over 150 jumps, I’ve come up with a few handy tricks…

As so many of you ask, here they are in a free eBook download;-

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Hope you enjoy it – let me know what you think!

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