2016 is the Year of “Happy” at Lexicon. We’ve taken on the challenge of helping you find more of your own, bringing you holistic tips and techniques to help you find not only professional success but personal fulfillment. At the beginning of this month we launched a challenge to get that going.
Day thirty of the 30 Day Life Challenge…
If you’ve been with us for the full 30 days, congratulations, we did it! The quote that got this all started is “People don’t go out and live, but they expect life results.” One this last day of the June 30 Day Life Challenge, we want you to know that experiences don’t need to stop here. We want you to keep getting the results you want. For the last five days of the month, we thought it fitting to concentrate on the five senses that help us get everything. Today we touch upon the last.
Can you feel it?
We’ve asked you what happy tastes like, smells like, sounds like and looks like. Today we ask, what does it feel like?
A friend of mine is forever referencing the movie Amélie to explain why she enjoys certain tactile sensations, specifically the feel of sand crabs in her hands. In an odd way, any near water trip isn’t successful unless she’s gotten tickled by those little harmless crabs. That isn’t really what success feels like to me. For me, no vacation is truly vacation unless I’ve hit the pool–not the beach, too much sand. The feel of the cool water cascading over my skin, free floating or effortlessly gliding from one side to the other. That feels like happy to me. I work very hard all year to ensure that at least twice a year I get to have that feeling.
The Touch of Happy
It may seem silly to think about the feel of happy, but following our senses is a basic impulse. So think about it quite seriously for a moment. What things make you feel the happiest when you are in contact with them? Once you identify those special things, it isn’t so far a leap to figure out how to spend more time in proximity to them.
And if you don’t know, we suggest you go out and start feeling. Now this is not license to be fresh or break the law. Rather what we mean is find a fabric store, feel the different textures of the fabrics inside, decide which you like the most. Are you fascinated by silky textures? Soft, furry? Rough, bumpy? Or find rocks or plants, anything with varying textures to consider and simply think about how each makes you feel. Maybe you’ll find that having a swatch of silk somewhere on your desk to stroke calms your computer rage. Or maybe an agate pebble will help you focus on that next complicated problem. Or a rubbery rubber plant will not only be visually pleasing but provide comfort to you when you water it each day.
It has been scientifically proven that touch is an incredible sense that helps us communicate with our environment. Sensory studies have proven that the skin is not just an outer covering but a busy organ constantly helping us understand the world. So it’s not so farfetched to believe that success and happiness are things that we can actually perceive and pursue through our sense of touch.
What does happy feel like to you?
If you liked this 30 Day Life Challenge, let us know. We loved thinking up these prompts toward happiness and we want to know what worked for you! More to come!
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