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Brian Colbert - The Happiness Habit

Friday, 12 March 2010

Brian Colbert has the secret to how we can all make ourselves happy.

"Whatever you want from life, this book will have a benefit for you. A key element to finding happiness is understanding what your (often unconscious) basic drives are and ensuring that these are being satisfied. Brian Colbert addresses the core questions that will help you discover who you really are. In this book he will teach you how to get past what's stopping you from reaching your true potential and how to bring about lasting happiness into your life.

Many of us think that in order to change, we need therapy. This is not always the case- you may just need this book. Using a series of powerful mind exercises, The Happiness Habit shows you:

. how to improve your relationship with yourself (and others)
. how to build your confidence and stay positive
. how to face adversity and overcome challenges
. how to live a happier and more fulfilling life

Research is increasingly proving that traditional methods of exploring negative experiences from your past doesn't necessarily help you to move forward. The exercises in this book will help you train your brain to replace constant self-criticism and depreciation with more useful ways of thinking. Brian will teach you the skills, ability, direction and focus to develop the habit of happiness". REF: g&m press release

Brian's new book The Happiness Habit is released today by Gill & Macmillan.

Brian Colbert

"Brian Colbert is regarded as one of the most prominent and successful mind coaches in Ireland today, and is head mind coach on The Afternoon Show. He is a Licensed Master Trainer of NLP and co-founder, of The Irish Institute of NLP. NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) is the study of how we think, communicate and behave. Often described as 'the science behind success', NLP is easy-to-learn, simple-to-use and gets powerful results in a short period of time". REF: Gill & Macmillan

Brian has given TAS five steps to how we can make ourselves happy.

The Happiness Habit and how to build it

1. Know what makes you Happy.

Reactive Happiness (food, movies, comedy, people, jokes, slippers, tea and biscuits, snuggles, cuddles, winks, love, laughter, light and sunshine, reading GREAT books (ahem..; ) ) etc)

Proactive Happiness (Beliefs, Goals, Values, Growth, Connection, Freedom, Creating Impact, Knowing who you are, Demonstrating Competence)

2. Get the good feelings flowing more often

Research demonstrates that bad feelings are toxic. Research also has proven if you cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude you can counteract that.
Start your day by noticing what is good about your life and what is working in it.
Who do you love and who loves you?
What do you enjoy?
What you have?
What you are free to do?

Use the Magpie technique

3. Take control of your thoughts

Know the best thing about the past is that it is over. Refuse to run negative mental movies of the things you did wrong or went wrong and begin to think about how you want to improve from now on.
Think in terms of what you want, not what you don't want.

4. Make Happiness a Priority

Plan to be happy ahead of time. (Night-time and morning time Affirmations /Suggestions and Visualisations).
Factor in what you will do for others (Acts of Random Kindness makes you feel good and raises your self esteem)

5. Choose your words wisely

Every time you moan, whinge whine and complain about life, the economy and people realise that you have a front seat in that audience. Bad words just as much as bad thoughts no matter where they are directed make you feel bad too.

Listen to the words you use to motivate yourself and use them to get the things you want to get done
(I can. I will. I need to. I have to. I must.etc)

What is the Magpie Technique?

It is when you go back into your past and you pick all the things in your past that you are most proud of. You are basically picking out all the shiny sparkly things that make you happy and you focus on them.