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Own Happy on Hump-Day Challenge

If your week were a mountain, Wednesday would be your half-way point. Some mountains or weeks might be a difficult climb, others might be a walk in the park. How do you keep yourself energized, connected and aware in order to finish the week out strong even on those dreaded hump days?!  

Try these 6 steps to own your happiness on Hump-Day: 

1. PAUSE: Find a moment in your day to consciously PAUSE—whether on your lunch break, at your desk or on your commute.  Stop what you are doing and put down all electronics (we know it is difficult). 
2. NOTICE: Take 3 deep breaths and notice what arises in the body and mind.  What do you feel?
3. CATCH: Allow yourself to catch and place these emotions and thoughts in the palm of your hand as you extend your arm away from your body. View those sensations with an objective lens. How does it feel to acknowledge those emotions and thoughts as a separate entity? 
4. 
RELEASE: Take a couple deep breaths to simply be with those sensations without judgment, and then take your hand to your mouth and blow those emotions away. Watch them dissipate into the air, leaving you feel weightless and free.
5. SHIFT: Recognize the shift in your energy as you free yourself and create space for the emotions you choose to feel.  Smile and notice the positive vibrations tingle throughout your entire body. 
6. 
OWN: Own these new feelings and sensations and share how you shifted to #ownhappy on @wetapin or by emailing us: wetapin@thetapin.org.  Inspire yourself and others to get through your week, staying fueled and energized as you tackle the next mountain on your journey.

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Map your Happy Challenge

What is happiness at its core? What does happiness look like to you? Check out how the TAPIN Crew dove into this loved emotion to explore its true meaning and bring it to life for ourselves.  

Inspired by the article, "An Atlas of the Human Body that Maps Where We Feel Emotions", the TAPIN Crew came together for an Exploration on Happiness including an interactive discussion & visualization around what happiness is for each of us. We explored our definitions through a group activity (see below) and TAPIN's Head Storyteller, Becky Burton (aka Gus) revved up the conversation with some Happiness stats from "What Happy People Do Differently." The evening concluded in a life-size drawing exercise to capture how we embody happiness.  We discovered that while we all experience happiness differently, we collectively agreed that true happiness is gratitude, living in the moment and celebrating what it means to each of us! Owning happiness for ourselves - no matter what the situation -  became our mantra and call to action for our upcoming installation.  
 

Try this 3-step process to map your happy with others

Step 1: Take a sheet of paper and draw/write what happiness looks and feels like to you.

Step 2: Share it with others.  Take a picture of your image and email it and/or give it to a friend for a week.  Tell them about what happiness is to you and ask them to add what they are inspired by and what they want to share about their own definition of happiness.  Encourage them to send it to someone else. 

Step 3: Take a before and after picture and post it to Instagram and Twitter @wetapin #ownhappy. Then hang it on your wall where it can bring you joy everyday!


 

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CREATE YOUR "TAPIN Theme" for 2014

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CREATE YOUR "TAPIN Theme" for 2014

We are accustomed to writing resolutions that often become long check lists of what we would like to achieve in the new year, which are often times intimidating and overwhelming!! What if we focused on a "TAPIN Theme" for how we want to feel overall in 2014 and then categorize the various parts of our life specifically by the feelings we want to experience?

For Example:

Anne Koller's TAPIN Theme: "Focus with Faith"  
"Zeroing in on the prosperity, love and health that serves the greatest Anne possible and accepting the wow/awesomeness I receive with wonder, joy and faith"

Category Example:  Financial Prosperity

"I feel at peace with the money in the bank.  I have more than enough to cover my bills, treat myself, travel and thrive.  I am working on continually decreasing my debt and I feel good about that.  I like to host dinners or buy little somethings for friends to make them feel special."

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