Your Happiness Toolbox: 3 Tools to Shift into Happiness

There are many tools to help us shift our vibrational frequency to a happy state of being. The tools that each person resonates with are unique to their own preferences. These tools help us move our focus into our heart space, which is the first step to initiate a harmonic mind-heart coherence. It’s important to understand that our heart-mind coherence is not always happy or positive. For example, if we are angry or in grief our heart space feels sad, constricted and dissonant.

Acknowledgement of the situation is good, but investing our focus for a long period of time does not benefit our mind or heart. Life has an organic heartbeat of it’s own. We aren’t meant to always be happy, or unhappy. The balance of yin/yang is a continuing process and imperative to the vibrational flow of the universe. The most important thing to remember in our intention to master our emotional state is that we have a choice.

While we are choosing how we desire to feel, we are also able to choose which tools we want to use to achieve that state. These tools can be chosen circumstantially and viewed as a toolbox of fun, playfulness, peace and healing.

We’ve chosen 3 of these tools for you to consider.Internal Consciousness Tools

1. I AM Statements
Statements that acknowledge your internal self-identity.

* I AM Grateful
* I AM Love
* I AM Hope
* I AM Deserving
* I AM Happy
* I AM Joy

2. External Symbolic Tools
Powerful only in the meaning that you give them. These things may be attached to a belief that you have, and they inspire you to feel better.

* Religious symbols
* Rituals
* Lucky socks or shirt
* Burning sage
* Special rocks
* Four leaf clover
* Fortune cookie
* Rabbits foot
* Daily Horoscope
* Art

3. Energetic Tools
Energetic elixers that can shift your being. These tools have measureable energetic vibrations. The use of these tools has been known throughout history to have a powerful effect in lifting a person’s state.

* Music
* Laughter
* Meditation
* Senses… sight, sound, smell, touch, taste
* Earthing/grounding
* Water energy
* Prayer
* Crystals
* Essential Oils
* Nature
* Animals
* Writing/journalling

Choosing your tools…
Bottom line…your belief in any of the things above give or take away power.
It is important to note that the external influence is not creating the outcome, it is the internal belief in the special powers of the tool, whether consciousness, symbolic or energetic. This is clearly seen by the fact that one person’s tool is different than another.

Consciousness tools are very personal. Each individual holds different personal emotions and self-identities based on their own life experiences. The joy of neural plasticity is that just as we release and add new cells to our body, we can release and add new neural pathways and positive beliefs that forever change our state of mind.

An example of a symbolic tool can be one person finding no meaning or outcome in burning sage, while another might find it the most important thing they do to cleanse a space of what they perceive as negative energies.

Another symbolic tool can be an athlete’s belief that their special/lucky green sock has to be worn at every game in order to perform well. Their mind and ultimately their behavior and performance can be influenced by that belief. This is understood as the placebo effect. On the other hand, if you don’t have that sock during a game, that belief can literally “psych you out” and take away your power to perform well. This is understood as the nocebo effect.

We’ve all experienced energetic tools that shifted our state of being. Just the focus on our senses gives us unlimited examples of the creation of states. Seeing a rainbow, hearing the sound of our favorite song, the scent of a bakery, a comforting touch or the taste of chocolate are all experiences that may shift our state. You can choose the energetic tool that uplifts your spirit!

Remember, happiness is an intentional practice. Notice how you feel…

“If you want to be happy, BE.”
~Leo Tolstoy

About the Authors: Matrix Productions is a multi-media company represented by partners Beth Donnelly and Dagny Grant. Co-authors of the internationally Best-Selling Children's book series "Journey of Joy", they share mind, body and spirit connections, teaching mindfulness and I AM principles. Their publication of books, and “Echoes of the Soul” multi-media projects, produce tools that shape the thoughts and hearts of like-minded people. Find them at and!

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Comment by Dagny Grant and Beth Donnelly on December 15, 2019 at 7:12pm

Hello Omtimes Media!  Hoping you are doing well during this festive and busy season!  We are disappointed that we don't see this article in the December A edition that we received this morning.  Did something happen that we should be aware of? 

We appreciate your time!


Comment by Dagny Grant and Beth Donnelly on October 22, 2019 at 11:00pm

Thank you!

Comment by Omtimes Media on October 22, 2019 at 7:41pm

Thank you for your submission, your article will be live on the magazine of Dec A edition and going into the website during the two weeks the edition is live.

Comment by Dagny Grant and Beth Donnelly on October 14, 2019 at 3:49pm

Hi Lisa!

Thanks for your response to our article!  We apologize for not sending an abstract for our past articles!  Thanks for the reminder.  In the future, we assume you'd like the word count and abstract to be included in the original article submission.  

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Abstract: If you think that happiness is the result of your experiences or possessions, you may want to re-think that! It is important to note that the external influence is not creating the outcome, it is the internal belief in the special powers of the tools we use in our joy-focused practice, whether consciousness, symbolic or energetic. Happiness is always a choice, and there are a variety of tools that can help us shift into a life that we love.


Also, you said: "I also had one content question -- wouldn't burning sage be better placed in the energetic category?"  We understand how some may choose to put burning sage in the energetic category, however, we believe, for the purpose of this article, it is placed correctly. 

Thanks for your time,

Dagny & Beth 

Comment by Lisa Shaw on October 14, 2019 at 7:45am

Hi, thank you for posting.  These are useful tips.  Before I can send to the editors for publication consideration, I am requesting a brief abstract with an article word count to appear below the headline, which is the magazine policy.  I also had one content question -- wouldn't burning sage be better placed in the energetic category? 

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