I’ve often wondered why some people are just naturally happy and others are chronically distraught or depressed. Is there really that much difference between the circumstances of each to cause such a dramatic opposition? I mean, really, don’t we all have good days, bad days, bills that kill, kids that hit home runs, health issues, triumphs, and tragedies? So, if we are all more alike than we think, why the attitude difference?
“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.” ˜Denis Waitley
I’d like to point out five keys that I use to remind myself that true happiness is a choice…an active one. While reading the following, ask yourself these questions: If I incorporate these simple actions into my life, how will my state of mind be affected? Will I be happier? Is there a reason being happy is so difficult? Before you do, rate your happy-level on a scale from 1 – 10.
♦ Live in the moment; the past is behind you, the future is unknown. There is no time like the present to be.
♦ Be aware of your thoughts. Don’t allow yourself to get caught up in your own drama. We can create a world with our minds. The question is, what kind are you working on.
♦ Do everything out of love. Giving above and beyond to help others and by putting them first is a sure way to bring joy into your life.
♦ Be grateful. Each day, write or speak out what you are thankful for. Tell those whom you love that they are important. The rewards are endless.
If this seems like a lot, try adding one a week to make sure you have given each a solid go. Reevaluate your progress after a month to see where you are on the “happy scale”.
Be Beautiful-Be Creative-Be Happy!
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