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Through your sense of smell, sight, taste, touch, hearing, and your sixth sense, your brain processes over 400 million pieces of information every second, and only 2,000 consciously.

Which means that 99.9999% of the information does not even reach you. (from La Réponse by Allan Pease, published by Pocket)

But what sorts out this information? Our brain’s RAS: Reticular Activating System! This RAS has been learning from what you hear and repeat since your early childhood. “It is important to earn a good living!” So the RAS filters all the information on how to earn a good living.

And this is why the law of attraction works. I concentrate on a free space and my brain will only scan the vacant places and ignore all the places that are taken.

Every Friday, one of my clients had to tell me three things she was capable of doing that until then had seemed beyond her. Her RAS soon got the message. She is delighted with her own abilities.

What about you? What have you taught your RAS?



Making people (including yourself!) happy

“Make me happy, finish your dinner!”
“Granny would be delighted if you called her!”

Later, at work: the important thing is customer satisfaction! And what about you? What do you get out of it? When do you get the opportunity to make yourself happy?

I started publishing my Bubbles of Happiness in April 2010, and I’ve been sending you one every Sunday for ten years now. I do it because I enjoy it, and it also helps me to absorb life’s lessons.

I’ve done it for myself, yet lots of people write to thank me because they have benefitted from my little thoughts.

What if making other people happy was the best way to be happy yourself?

PS. I have been bubbling for you, and with you, for the past 10 years and now I’m passing the virtual pen to you. Just click here to answer 3 simple questions.



Winter

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With its short days, chilly temperatures and sun-starved feel, Winter can be a bit depressing.

Whenever I catch myself feeling a bit down at this time of year I remind myself of what my friend Christophe Bichet says: « Whenever doubt gets the upper hand, or frustration and sadness take over, whenever you want to roll up in a ball  — get moving ! Get outside, go running or climbing. After even a few steps, your day will be a different one ».

So, today when I’m feeling a bit down I don’t roll up in a ball anymore, I put on my running shoes and go for a run.

In fact, as I write I’m just back from one and I wanted to share that with you briefly, before heading off to move a few mountains. 🙂

Christophe and his life lessons are always a source of inspiration to me, and I’m thrilled that they’ll soon be published in his first book. Have a look at his « Inspir-Actions » on his facebook page, and and ‘like’ the page if you find them as helpful as I have. It’ll motivate him to finish his book so we all have access to his wisdom and inspiration !



Improving with age

During a recent visit to Sri Lanka, I often had the choice between working on my tan on the beach, or visiting a temple, a market, an Ayurvedic center or sari boutique.

When I was younger I would have chosen the beach pretty much instantly, in order to avoid having to wait around for the others to make up their minds, and endure the logistics of getting the group – as a group – to where it had finally decided it wanted to go.

Things have changed.

On a recent trip I found myself sat on a chair in the corner of a minuscule store right out of 1001 nights, watching my friends try on saris in every color of the rainbow while the tailor took measurements of our husbands for new suits. That was great fun, but it was even more fascinating to watch each couple haggling over price. It was a delightful show for me, and I didn’t have to be in the midst of it all to enjoy it.

Today I love these special moments and I certainly don’t run a stopwatch anymore to check whether I got my share of attention in any given situation.

Aging isn’t a one-way street. We can definitely improve with age, for example by being a part of the group, and being less demanding about our own desires and needs when there are many others involved.

How would you like to improve this year?



Stop. Then go !

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I have a strategy for when I get freaked out by my life. Whenever I get completely and utterly overwhelmed and am drowning in meetings, emails and way too many to-dos, I stop. I don’t do any of it. The things that have me panicking, I don’t touch.

Instead, I tidy up, make piles, file things where they belong, clean, and generally arrange things.

As a result I then have an overview of all the things that were freaking me out, and – as I no longer have my face planted in a tree that hides the rest of the forest – I can make an intelligent decision of what should be my next move.

I thought it was just me, but it seems that I am not the only one doing this kind of thing – and feeling the benefit of it.

Incidentally, it is exactly what we do when we go on vacation or when we go to bed. We take a step back in order to get back efficiently to work.

There are so many ways to make a « stop » for a better « go ». And you? What is your strategy?


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Who am I ?

I am a contemporary philosopher.
I capture life’s little events in bubbles of happiness to inspire you in an amusing and optimistic way.

Yours bubbly,
Gundula

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