DSC01185Seventeen years ago I was  swimming in research on the subject of ” creating happiness”. The concept was cutting-edge at the time and I had just designed a program called The Happiness Seminar.

In the course of my internet search I came across a primitive site called, intriguingly, The Happiness Board. It had begun as a sheet of flipchart paper, taped to the outside of a dorm room door, where students were encouraged to simply stop by and record the things that made them happy. Entries ranged from “hugs & kisses” and “a sky with millions of stars”, to “violins” and “extra-creamy hot chocolate”. The idea was born during the days of finals, when the originator discovered that the act of recording the things he loved encouraged a more positive mindset that actually resulted in improved productivity and higher grades.

Fast forward to 20014. As I learn more about the concept of living in flow, I’ve also been enjoying spending some free time on Pinterest, the social media site which encourages users to collect and post pictures of the things they love and to share these collections (boards) with others. Pinterest is addictive, but I’ve found that it’s also way more than that.

Pinterest is a gateway to flow.

By knowing what it is that you love, and grouping these items in ways that make sense to you, you are intuitively assembling your own happiness board(s). The next step simply becomes learning how to curate this collection and steeping yourself in it when you need to return to self — to your center. The more often you are present and centered, the more you are in flow.

I’m curious to know if any other Pinterest users connect with their boards in this way. If you do, I’d love to hear about it!

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