A Plan for Living
The Happiness Formula
Want to Know the Formula for Happiness?
Gratitude + Spirituality + Mindfulness = Awareness = Happiness
It’s actually not a secret: Learn the habits of gratitude, spirituality and mindfulness and you gain emotional awareness. With this awareness comes the understanding that happiness is less about what happens to you than about how you react to it.
Develop mindful thinking
Mindfulness is “a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations used as a therapeutic technique”* With mindful thinking you begin to recognize the behaviors that cause problems and gain control over your own life.
The primary emotions that humans experience include anger, fear, worry, grief and joy. With APFL you’ll learn to process those emotions when you have them, noticing them, experiencing them, naming them and then taking the appropriate action, rather than instantly, unconsciously reacting to them.
APFL is grounded in the wisdom of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, 12-step recovery programs and talk therapy. Use it consistently for just a few minutes each day to increase your emotional awareness. You’ll learn to identify and overcome negative thoughts, tap into meaning and purpose, and gradually change your outlook and actions.
APFL provides tools to manage your emotional reactions so they no longer create chaos, confusion, anxiety, depression, irritability and frustration. APFL helps you cultivate mindfulness even when life isn’t going your way.
APFL can’t solve all your problems, but it does provide you with methods for taming emotions and building emotional awareness.
If you suffer from an emotional disorder or an addiction, seek professional treatment first and discuss how APFL might be effectively integrated into your treatment.