Authentic happiness is made up of a foundation of mindsets, practices, and habits, and one of the most powerful is Kindness. Like gratitude, kindness is not just something you offer; it’s a state of being. Author and Happiness Strategist Kristi Ling a special lesson she learned from a stranger in a New York City elevator that highlights the gift of approaching life from a place of loving kindness.
We must let go of this old-school idea that taking time off somehow decreases productivity or implies someone is not fully dedicated to his or her work. It’s quite the opposite. Taking ample time to rest our body, mind and spirit increases productivity, amplifies creativity, and even elevates the quality of our work. It’s time to ditch outdated mindsets and embrace balance and flexibility.
If there is any situation in your life – a job, a relationship, and obligation… anything that you don’t feel right about, but have been unsure of what to do or afraid to make an exit… just do it. It doesn’t have to be a graceful exit. It doesn’t have to be perfect, and you may disappoint some people. But, it’s not about that. It’s about being true to you.
What happens when we go without deep connection for too long is that our soul starts to feel there’s a gap – like a vitamin deficiency of the spirit. Lack of deep connection in our lives can feel like driving a car with partially deflated tires. The result can be that familiar, empty feeling that something’s missing. It can cause us to feel a bit sad, stressed, hollow… even depressed… without really being able to pinpoint the cause.
Last year Kristi Ling made a huge decision to drastically downsize her life. Her 10-year marriage had come to a heart-wrenching end in 2012, and in early 2013 she found herself living alone in a very large house, surrounded by silence and a decade’s worth of accumulated possessions. Her heart was broken, and for the first time in her life, she had no plan. Sometimes putting your life back together begins with taking everything apart.