A to Z of Happiness: I - Inspiration #atozchallenge @AprilA2Z

The Oxford Dictionary defines inspiration as:

"The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative".

People usually associate inspiration with the creative sorts - artists, musicians, writers, scientists. But inspiration isn't limited to only a select few. The fact is that all of us, regardless of what our profession may be, need inspiration to remain happy and productive.

It is very easy to spot an inspired person among us. He could be a doctor or a teacher or even your neighborhood shop-owner. (Like me!) He could be anybody who does his job with love and imagination. Anybody who keeps discovering new, creative ways to solve the challenges in his line of work. A person who is FUELED by problems, not discouraged by them. A person who is inherently curious, and every new challenge is an opportunity for him to learn something new.


6 Ways In Which Inspiration Leads To Happiness

  1. Inspiration gives us a purpose in life, or a GOAL. Like that apple did for Newton. It gives us something to strive for. Remember Snyder's first HOPE Postulate? (Covered under 'H'.)

  2. Inspiration opens us to new possibilities and changes the way we perceive our own capabilities. Inspired people have higher self-esteem. They have greater confidence in their own competence and creative ability to achieve their goals. (Snyder's second and third HOPE Postulates - Covered under 'H'.)

  3. Inspiration makes us more receptive to new experiences. Inspired people are naturally more willing to EXPLORE. (Covered under 'E'.) They are like kids. A little spark can set them off on new "treasure hunts"!

  4. Inspiration leads to greater absorption in our work. And it is a scientifically proven fact that whenever we do something with all out heart in it, we enjoy it more. MINDFULNESS leads to contentment. (Covered under 'M'.)

  5. Inspiration motivates people intrinsically rather than extrinsically. That is why, when we are truly inspired, we are not affected so much by our work conditions. Workplace clutter goes unnoticed. We forget to have our meals. (I know I do that!) We can thrive on fewer hours of sleep. We don't care what others around us are doing. In short, the "small stuff" doesn't affect us anymore. Inspirations fuels our inner drive... our PASSION. (Covered under 'P'.)

  6. Inspiration inculcates GRATITUDE in our life. (Covered under 'G'.) Ask anyone who was ever "hit" by inspiration, and he'll say it felt as if the idea was suddenly "planted" in his mind by some "higher force". The more inspired we are, the more grateful we are... to whatever it is that guides us.

If inspiration gives us so many reasons to be happy, it naturally makes sense to remain inspired, right? So how do we do that?

How Do We Find Inspiration?

Well. Inspiration is like lightening. It can hit us anywhere, and at any time. So, obviously, there cannot be a set "formula" that might work for everyone, right?

At the most, what we can do is to learn how to create a state that attracts that bolt of lightning to us. In other words, we can figure out what works as a "Lightning Rod/Conductor" for us.

All we need to do for this is:

  1. Monitor the things and situations that inspire us most.
  2. Incorporate them in our natural work flow, so that we become constant "magnets" for inspiration.

Some Common Sources Of Inspiration

Different people find their muse in different places and situations. My top five sources of inspiration are:

  1. Stimulating phone conversations
  2. Spending time with kids
  3. Necessity (that makes me very innovative!)
  4. Quiet (at night in bed, or in the shower)
  5. Reading (books, blogs, even Facebook updates)

Your turn now. What are your top 5 sources of inspiration? Do you feel happier when you are inspired?

This is my ninth post for A to Z of Happiness.

I have completed this challenge once before, and published it as a kindle ebook. You can get it on amazon: A to Z of Blogging: Take Your Blog To the Next Level.

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Sylvia van Bruggen said...

I love the gratitude point! I am constantly grateful for the muse flashes I receive!

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(¸.•´ (¸.•` ¤ Good luck on the rest of your A to Z challenge

Sylvia @ The Creative Life

Cathy Kennedy said...

Chicky, Your quote about inspiration is quite true, it's inspiration that makes me chase my dreams. I had never looked at it that way until now. And, that's precisely what I did this time with the challenge, I chased my dreams with my Art Sketching Through the Alphabet series and I hope you'll inch your way over to my site for today's alpha-prompt "I" for Iris with "Curious as a Cathy". Happy a2zing!

Sanch Writes said...

Those are some good things that give your inspiration. For me, it can be nature, quiet time to reflect, reading, and deep and meaningful conversations!

Inverted Refrain - Numb

Cathy Kennedy said...

I goofed on my signature, please use this one...Art Sketching Through the Alphabet Letter "I" for Iris! I'm sorry about that!

Amrita Basu Misra said...

My top 5 ways of inspiration1)cuddling and playing with my daughter
while doing surgery
Anybody who keeps discovering new, creative ways to solve the challenges in his line of work. This is what makes me enjoy my work.I detest boring.Work if not fun is not good for health!

Suzy said...

One of the things i constantly tell my children is that whatever you do, do it with love because then you feel inspired and creative. We are on the same page on that one.

Suzy at Someday Somewhere - Inaction

Susan Scott said...

A VERY inspiring post Chicky thank you! I'll save it - inspiration, so wonderful when it's there - often times it's not - but we can remember what it is that inspires us. I love walking, writing, reading, foooooood, working -

Swathi Shenoy said...

Inspiration definitely leads to happiness. It pushes us to do things and enjoy the process. Nothing we do without inspiration can be fun!

Introvert's Life

Rajlakshmi said...

I find my inspiration in Pinterest and Instagram... yeah I know, sounds weird, that's where all my inspiration lives. And then comes a couple of people in real life. :) Some of the best ideas come in the shower too.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Chicky - good to see you again ... and now you're in my reader - I'll get your posts regularly ...

Inspiration - that does not lack in me! Being young at heart and rarin' to go and do other things ... and writing - always writing ...

I'm inspired when I'm busy with lots of things going on - be it quietly writing at my computer, or out at talks, good films with family and friends ... cheers to you - Hilary


the little princess said...

I think as writers we are constantly in need for inspiration! This post succinctly covers how to get inspiration! but most of all I liked the points under why we need inspiration. I agree with all of them and the mindfulness point, even more.

Shubhangi @ The Little Princess

Random Musings said...

I think anyone can find themselves feeling inspired, even if its do something as simple as to go outside and experience nature

Meal to the Heart said...

Indeed inspiration leads to happiness. When we got stuck somewhere, our role models struggle inspire us to move forward.
beautifully penned

Cathy Graham said...

Loved your inspiration post, Chicky and how connected all your blog posts are for this challenge. Inspiration keeps me going to fuel my creativity and makes me feel more alive than more mundane activities like housework. When I'm fired up with inspiration and creating, I cease to notice anything else. Good to recognize that inspiration is not just for creative, dreamy types and is there for all if we only embrace it.

Great thought provoking post, Chicky! Happy A to Zing to you, too!

Geetika Gupta said...

Inspiration keeps me going! If there is no inspiration around me, I wonder what am I going to do with my life?!


Shilpa Garg said...

What inspires me... reading, talking to friends, introspection, a well rested mind and body (I cant think straight when I am tired).

Fran Kitto said...

I agree inspiration is not just about creative types. Inspiration to do mundane things gets us through the day.

Denise said...

This post is inspiring. I believe that all bloggers need inspiration to post.

Vidya Sury said...

I am the inspired by problems type. I find inspiration in everything and keep learning something new all the time. Nice I!

Sreesha Divakaran said...

Inspiration, curiosity, hope, all of it goes hand in hand. Personally I feel sources of inspiration are all around us (though I doubt if the apple had fallen on my head, I would've been too busy eating it to discover gravity :D)

Vinodini Iyer said...

I can't imagine my life without inspirations. I am a product of being inspired by multiple people and adapting their qualities. Great post, Chicky.

Menaka Bharathi said...

I used to be a voracious reader some 6 months earlier, with loads of works now I am trying to breathe some air every evening, a walk and a talk with myself.
Launching SIM Organics This April

*Menaka Bharathi *


Chicky Kadambari said...

So am I, Sylvia! Thank you! :)

Chicky Kadambari said...

Thank you, Cathy! Happy atozing to you too! :D

Chicky Kadambari said...

Oh yes, Sanchie... I forgot nature. That also goes in my list!

Chicky Kadambari said...

Hello again, Cathy! HTML can be confusing at times, right? :D

Chicky Kadambari said...

True, Amrita. There is no fun in doing the boring. No learning. No inspiration.

Chicky Kadambari said...

That's true, Suzy. Love does inspire us.

Chicky Kadambari said...

Oh! Another foodie! :D
I love all those extra 'o's in your food, Susan! :D

Chicky Kadambari said...

It "pushes" us! Exactly, Swathi!

Chicky Kadambari said...

Hahaha! Raji, I haven't yet got a hang of wither of those two. Even Twitter, I guess! :P I'm ancient!

Chicky Kadambari said...

Hi Hilary! Isn't that the best way to be... young at heart? :D
Thank you for following me. I love watching movies too! :D

Chicky Kadambari said...

I'm so glad this came out well, Princess. And I'm learning so much during this challenge! Thank you! :)

Chicky Kadambari said...

True, Debbie. It takes just a moment to kindle that spark of inspiration.

Chicky Kadambari said...

Thank you, Dr. Bushra. It sure is useful to have a few strong role models.

Chicky Kadambari said...

I do that too, Cathy! I just become hyper-focused or something, you know!
I'll try to make an ebook out of this series eventually. So trying to keep everything linked, to make it a more cohesive reading.

Chicky Kadambari said...

Hahaha! I know that feeling, Geets! :P

Chicky Kadambari said...

I get cranky when I'm tired, Shilpa. I start picking fights with people! :P

Chicky Kadambari said...

Totally, Fran! Thanks for stopping by! :)

Chicky Kadambari said...

We sure do, Denise! :)

Chicky Kadambari said...

The idea of being able to learn something new is, in itself, inspiring, isn't it, Vidya? :D

Chicky Kadambari said...

Hahaha! Me too, Sreesha! :P

Chicky Kadambari said...

Thank you, Vinodini! :)

Chicky Kadambari said...

My reading has taken a hit since early 2016, Menaka! I've got so many unread books sitting in my book shelf! :(

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