The Happy Artist

A philosophy from Amylee

Artists need to live and create with that subtle feeling of contentment. You know, the kind of happy that makes you smile when you put your head on your pillow at night. Amylee Paris explains how to achieve it.

How to Cultivate My Artist Optimism?

The worries, the stress, the tiredness of everyday life can assault my body and slow down my creativity. I think I’m not the only one like it.

In this age of the avalanche of information, successful artists are those who know how to put aside to better focus on what really matters. Words have a power that should not be underestimated. Social media and TV news are terrible for that. Sometimes I open and close my Facebook immediately after reading several headlines or statuses.

To prevent the negativity surrounding my morale, since January 1 2018, I have set up a routine for enjoying the little things. Let’s see how I proceed.

😊 How to be an Optimistic Artist?

Have you noticed how little everyday moments can arouse emotions and positive feelings?

i.e: The orchid in my the studio in full bloom, the varnishing of my last painting, the small ray of the morning sun on my face, the sweet comment received on Twitter, the sale of a painting going to a customer, etc.

NOTE: it is simply a question of avoiding overthinking, contradictory facts, and acknowledging that these positive moments are important.

😊 Inspiration:

When we were kids, we loved falling asleep after a great story. I assure you, we have not changed much as an adult. Inspired by Erika K. Oliver’s “Three Good Things” method, my little evening routine makes it possible to end my days always on a happy ending. Moreover, the technique proposed here is much easier to follow than a detailed diary book.

😊 Materials:

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😊 Recipe:

  • take 10 minutes before going to bed (or when you feel the need)

  • With a notebook and a pen, write 5 positive things (or +) produced during the day: facts, events, success, happiness, quote.

  • From Monday to Friday (use the weekend to break the routine), list the pleasant situations, feelings, and all the successes of the day.
  • Be rigorous in the process started.

NOTE: At first, the mental effort to find several positive moments in a day can take a little time. The mind can sometimes be weighed down by our psychological state or our health of the moment. Fortunately, with the training, one quickly becomes an expert in the hunt for the little happiness of the day.

😊 Benefits:

By regularly practicing this method as a bedside book, we can quickly see noticeable changes:

  • creating your own space to celebrate the positive mind.
  • optimistic retrospection to end of the day.
  • a rewarding, relaxing, de-stressing approach.
  • disconnection of the brain from worries and everyday problems.
  • perspective changes on your own life.
  • eases falling asleep and battling insomnia.
  • smiling the following day.


The content for this post was provided by professional fine artist, Amylee Paris. You can visit her colourful portfolio or follow her on Facebook.

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