I think the Happiness Advantage is a way that we restructure our brain and by looking for the positives in our life, we are in a sense helping ourselves feel better. And when we start helping ourselves feel better, and I’m not saying every day because I don’t feel fantastic every day – some days I do struggle, but on a whole I feel that I have more control by utilizing the Happiness Advantage in itself.
I think it’s a domino effect – a perpetuating situation where once you find a positive, it in turn is sort of like the Tetris Effect where you can continue to look for more positives that fit and you’re training your brain to go ahead and search out the other things after a while // they’re also interconnected. Every single one of these principles are very logical, very interconnected and it’s hard to do one without them all going back to the main one of just the Happiness Advantage.
But the Falling Up principle has been an extremely important thing to realize – when you feel so out of control, your mind is under such stress that it is difficult for you to see the possible solutions for the problems that you are facing at that time.
I know that I - my main problem in the classroom at this time is fatigue, and its getting to be more so with mobility at moments. But by looking at how my day has been I’ve been able to help -- get help by asking my students to do certain things like the minor little cleaning tasks that I’ve been having to do, which relieves me from that extra added effort, and then also it gives them a sense of purpose that they are doing something not only for me but for the community as well – so it’s a dual kind of thing.
But using that, you are starting to clear your brain. The Falling Up principle helps you become more aware and clear a vision of the solutions that are out there. In turn, with a person like myself that has MS, that’s vitally important to be able to focus and relieve yourself from some of the stress.