Put Happiness on your Playlist

Dear Reader, Please Note: This is a guest article by my dear and sweet friend Avani of avani-mehta.com. Read more about her at the end of this article.

“Happiness is the soundtrack of my life” – Grey Livingston
For me, Happiness is …

Waking in the morning to my favorite song …
Listening to foot tapping numbers as I prepare for my work day …
Listening to soft instrumentals on a quiet evening …
And a whole lot of other songs and music pieces I love in between. …

Happiness hence, is about having the right songs and music handy and in play mode all day. Creating playlists of my favorite songs which give me happiness is therefore an obvious and ideal thing to do.

A playlist of morning numbers, a playlist of peppy songs, a playlist of soft songs, a playlist of instrumentals … there is a separate playlist for each theme. Each song for each playlist is picked out with care … each song gives me joy.

Then why not do the same thing for my mental playlist? After all … we think the same thoughts everyday. Well … almost same (80% of the 6000 thoughts that we have each day are repetitive).

Use Mental Playlist To Bring You Happiness
We think thoughts in same pattern everyday. While thoughts can change here and there, the theme remains same. If we wake up in morning with work related thoughts, then that’s how it is each and every morning. If we wind down at night thinking about things gone wrong, then that’s how it is each and every night.
It’s as if … there is a playlist of thoughts in our head which keeps repeating. The order of thoughts might not be same but they sure stick to same theme.
Most of the time we play in our mind thoughts of sadness and grief and worry and haste and anger and regret …
That most playlists are based on negative themes is not good news. But the fact that we repeat same themes everyday can definetely be.

Create Time Based Playlists
There are certain time slots during our day in which we habitually think the same thing. As given in the example above, when we wake up and when we go to sleep are two time periods which happen each and every day. And mostly by habit we think the same thing at that time. Because this is negative, it affects our mood negatively. But what if we get into the habit of using the same periods to bring happiness … how awesome will that be!

Use Playlist Of Dreams In The Morning
“Dream all you can and all you want to. For only those who have dreams can have their dreams come true …” – Avani Mehta
Imagine waking up in morning thinking about your dreams. Imagine seeing them come true in your mind. How wonderful that morning will feel.
How you ensure that your morning playlist is about dreams is up to you.

Here are two simple ideas to get your playlist of dreams started :
Visualize: Sit for a 5 to 15 minute meditation visualizing your dream coming true. See yourself making your dream come true. And live in the time when you have actually realised your dream – the way you feel, the way you look, the way your life changes … visualize and feel each and every thing.
Vision Board: The first thing to do every morning is spend time with your vision board. A vision board is a great tool to get you inspired and excited about your dreams. It’s basically one central place where you put together all the elements of your dream which excite you in forms of inspirational sayings, posters, photographs etc. Anything and everything which you see yourself achieving in your life in future … anything and everything you want for yourself goes on this vision board.

Use Playlist Of Appreciation In The Evening
“Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky
We spend way too much time thinking about things that we don’t have, things that aren’t right. If only we would give that much attention to the good things already existing in our life … the quality of our life will change dramatically.
As Colette beautifully said … ‘What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.’
So instead of using time before sleep in worry and thoughts of lack of things, use it to recognize and appreciate all the ways you have been blessed.

Some simple ideas to get your playlist of appreciation started …
Gratitude Journal : The idea behind gratitude journal is simple. Every evening, open your journal and write … ‘Today I am grateful for …… (fill in the blanks). You can have a pre-decided number on how many entries you will make per day (3 things you are grateful for today or 5 or 10 … whatever you choose)
Share Your Learnings: The way you think about things you are grateful for, think about things you learnt today. Especially on a day when things went wrong. What goes right when everything is wrong is that you get to learn something.
Sharing your learnings has two benefits – it helps you to build positivity (making lemonade from lemons) and brings you closer to your family with awesome night time conversations.

Playlists Of Happiness …
The morning and evening time slots, playlist of dreams and playlist of appreciation are just some examples to give you ideas on how can you create your own playlist of happiness based on time periods suitable to you.

Remember, playlists are all about giving your thoughts a direction. Because left on their own, thoughts run wild.
Some playlists which come to my mind right away when I think of happiness are ..
Playlist of Love
Playlist of Forgiveness
Playlist of Play
Playlist of Fun
Playlist of Inspiration
Playlist of Prayers
Playlist of Positive Thinking
Playlist of Success
Playlist of Friendship
Playlist of Relationships
Playlist of Learning & Growth
Playlist of Meditations

Now it’s your turn … What thoughts would you like to put in each of these playlists? And what are your playlists going to be? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

About the Author:
Avani Mehta writes beautifully on motivation, inspiration and happiness. Not only does she write beautifully, but she is also a very very beautiful person. Hop on to her personal development blog to grab a copy of her free e-book : The Fabulous Motivators. You’ll Love it!

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With Immense Love & Gratitude,

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17 thoughts on “Put Happiness on your Playlist

  1. Hi Avani,
    Thank you for this awesome guest article! I love how you used playlists to infuse happiness in your life..and now mine too πŸ™‚
    And I think my favorite playlist is the “playlist of love” πŸ™‚ Kind of brings in all the rest to πŸ™‚
    Lots of love~

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  3. Hi Avani,

    Very nice article. Visualization has huge power and gratitude is essential. We have to be thankful for everything we have in our life. Thanks for sharing

  4. Hi Avani,
    So wonderful to see you here on Zeenat’s site!

    Ahh…the playlists we have on repeat…

    I have recently added meditation to my mornings…and have just found this to be so meaningful towards taking those nest steps into abundance and gratitude. Thanks for sharing your thoughts – and how we can use this to reframe our thinking.

  5. Lance,

    Good to see you too πŸ™‚ I love being on Zeenat’s site … as a writer today and as a reader always πŸ™‚

    Meditation is wonderful. I have a music meditation I play while writing. Works wonders for me. What kind of meditation do you do?

  6. Dearest Z, and Avani, This is wonderful to read today. I agree that we often focus more on our “woes” than our joys and the things we have to grateful for. Both my husband I try to give thanks and gratitude every single day for all the things we are thankful for. It not only makes us feel better but it also give perspective to our lives. There are so many deeply suffering in the world, and it’s not only important the we claim our own joys, but that we send out prayers to those who are suffering…..AND do what we can to help. Nothing is too small, and it can be in our own backyard, so to speak, or it can be in another country. I don’t think it matters. Also helping others often makes us feel better about ourselves and our own lives.

    Much love to you both. I can see why you are good friends. You both have such beautiful, positive and caring energy. Robin πŸ™‚ I will book your site Avani!!! Gald to meet you. And thank dearest Z for introducing me to Avani. Huge hugs dear one. R

    1. Hi Robin,

      Sending prayers and HELP to people in need is such a beautiful thing. Every small act matters. What an amazing and beautiful world this will be if we all took time to do just small helpful stuff.

  7. Oooh…I *love* this! Music is an integral part of my day..I use it to raise my vibration, to express my creativity, to soothe my soul, to comfort, to celebrate..to inspire..
    Just as my thoughts are all of that as well..when I wake I think ‘thank you for this day’ then set an intention to allow my heart to remain open..when I get ready to sleep, I think ‘thank you for this day’ then fall asleep with gratitude in my heart..
    An open heart and gratitude are key to me…

    1. Joy,

      You sound just like your name … ‘full of joy’ and life! Setting intention for day the day sounds like an amazing idea. I must put it to use immediately.

  8. This was a brilliantly refreshing perspective on how to tame our thoughts! I totally loved it! Thanks for sharing this here, Avani & Zeenat.

    You know I used to be actively involved with a group of Reiki people till last year, but then everybody got caught up with the materialistic side of life. And without a group, gradually I also started losing interest in my daily meditations etc. But with you guys, I suddenly feel like I belong to a community once again. Thanks friends. πŸ™‚

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