Wow, it’s been a very long time since I blogged last. In this fast-train of life, particularly this (USA) American life, the barrage of social media outlets and updating seem secondary to JUST GETTING THE WORK DONE! I could reflect on all of the amazing adventures over the past year, including my own amazing experiences and trips to Beirut, Doha, Seoul and Bali, and OneWorld Now! student exchanges to Kenya, China and Qatar (for the first time – thanks QFI!). I’m sure I’ll have more to say, as I become increasingly reflective as we approach OneWorld Now!’s 10th Anniversary (in September 2012); but I’ll save that for later.
In the meantime, what’s inspiring me at the moment is my one week campaign on Happiness (That Makes Me Happy = TMMH). It all started when I was spending time with an 18-year old mentee of mine, who is pretty depressed because of a really rough past two years. I was encouraging him to try an experiment, to choose Happiness (find the unexpected joy in every moment) for the next week (he agreed that a 24-hour experiment would work better for him). The key is set the INTENTION for Happiness, and to not judge the process until the end of the experiment. In the meantime, just pay attention to what opens up. Anyways, a couple hours later, I was walking alone in the Spring sunshine at my favorite park. I was reflecting on this young man and our chat, and I realized that if I was asking him to take on this experiment, I needed to do it myself! At OneWorld Now!, we as a staff always talk about: what we ask of our students, we must model and ask of ourselves. And alas, the Happiness (That Makes Me Happy) Campaign started. And ironically, even though I hadn’t spent much time on Facebook or Twitter (or this blog in a long time), the #TMMH has spread best through those social media channels. (Please consider joining us this week, posting/tweeting all that Makes You Happy and using #TMMH. And find me on twitter@KristinHayden). In the meantime, I’m grateful to the joy and inspiration from that 18-year old young man! Life is a lot brighter with that intention — and spreading that joy (and seeing people’s face light up and energy shift) is what really Makes Me Happy.