Joy, Kindness, Confidence, Serenity

These four feelings represent pillars of personal well-being and they form the foundation for my daily practice of connection. With conscious effort, each day, I create experiences of joy, kindness, confidence and serenity to off-set feelings of stress and help myself return to a state of well-being. The practice is an effective method of regulating emotions, tuning emotional responses and strengthening emotional connections with others.

I developed this practice after years of experiencing feelings of inadequacy and insecurity due to family trauma and social pressures. When I became a mother, I recognized my role as teacher in my children’s lives. I was motivated to lead with my heart and to be present in the experience of my life. Through research on the psychology of well-being, I discovered four feelings that support a strong, sustainable foundation of wellness: joy, kindness, confidence and serenity. I further discovered that the ability to identify these feelings and incorporate them into daily life are key components to building resilience.

For me, I begin each day with the intention of being well. Here is a sample of my daily practice to inspire wellness:
1. Each day, create a simple moment of joy for yourself.
2. Each day, do something kind for someone else.
3. Each day, do something that makes you feel strong and confident.
4. Each day, enjoy a few minutes of peace and serenity.

The scientific research being conducted at the HeartMath Institute and the research being shared in Yale’s #1 online course, The Science of Well-being, further supports the findings that human beings can become masters of their own well-being through mental, physical and soulful connections. The research suggests that by savouring good experiences (enjoyment), being kind (kindness), focussing on personal strengths (confidence), and meditating regularly (serenity), human beings are optimizing their well-being and living with more happiness and better health.


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