The Happiness Lab Delegate's Guide Chapter 5 — Body & Soul - Page 3

Alison’s story 05 Getting off the treadmill B efore I started on this course, I thought that Th e Happiness Lab was just for unhappy and depressed people. As a professional businesswoman who leads a busy life running several businesses with my husband, caring for my family, and being involved in the community, I didn’t think that it was going to be able to teach me anything. But having done the course, I am in total shock. Th e experience of spending six weeks working through the disciplines of a happy life taught me to pause and refl ect, and gave me a greater ability to appreciate things more. It seems so obvious now, but there is very real power in slowing down and stopping. I had thought that I knew how to appreciate the little things in life, but after six weeks I had a new appreciation for the birds singing and my children playing and laughing. I think, like many people, I was on a treadmill running as fast as I could wanting to be happy. I lived life to the full; I was happy biting off more than I could chew, taking risks, pushing boundaries. I genuinely thought I knew who I was, what I thought, and was confi dent that I 53 was a happy person. I believed that the faster I ran on that treadmill the happier I would be. But actually, what I learnt through being on this course was to stop running – that was scary and made me feel very vulnerable. Th is process also made me very cross because someone was showing me that I wasn’t as happy as I thought I was. Now, I think I have a new depth to how I live my life: far more than the shallowness of just running on the treadmill as fast as you can.