Speaking of Joy: A New Book

I have good news today.  My book, Many Shades of Joy, is now available both here and at Amazon.com.

It's part happiness primer and part coloring book for grown-ups.   It features 24 hand illustrated mandalas paired with 24 happy habits to help you find more joy in life.

Now I’m sure you are wondering why I would create a coloring book for grown-ups?  That’s an easy answer – for the same reason coloring books are good for kids.

When my son was young, I would often go to chapel with his kindergarten class.  I would sit in the middle of these 5-year-old boys and attempt to create some form of attention on the service.

It was like sitting in a bucket of worms.  I was in over my head.   

Thirty little boys – all wiggling and squirming, taking off their shoes and blowing bubbles with their spit.    

Now contrast that with the afternoons I’d volunteer to help in art class.  The minute those bubble blowing stinkers got a crayon in their hand?  Well, it was like watching Picasso at work. 

They were quiet, still and intent on expressing their creativity.

Research now confirms that coloring helps our brains reach a state of relaxation similar to meditation.  When we color, our brain becomes very focused.  And that concentration allows our amygdala – which is our brain’s stress signaler among other things - to take a much needed rest.

That little mini-vacation for our mind creates a relaxed yet focused state much like meditation.

Our brain loves a regular vacation but most brains never really get one.   Even when we drag our tired bodies on vacation, our brains are almost always still hard at work assuaging our worries and solving our problems.

Coloring is a simple way to quiet your mind and give it a rest.  And there are other benefits, too.

Our vision gets a work-out and so does our hand-eye coordination.   And together they work to polish our fine motor skills. 

Our right brain benefits from the logical process of connecting forms and shapes while our left brain enjoys playing with the design and color relationships. 

And when we color, we are also deeply involved in creative self-expression – both negative and positive emotions are often revealed in our art.

By combining the science of happiness with creativity, Many Shades of Joy makes it easy to learn new happy habits while also giving a boost to both your left and right brain.  I hope you’ll give it a try.

Until next week, here’s to a big colorful life full of joy and gratitude,

linda

Linda Sterling Sease is an author, speaker and career coach on the power of joy to transform companies, homes and communities.  To explore how Linda can work with your organization, call 303-319-5829 or email her at Linda at SterlingSease.com.