Happiness is a journey, not a destination; happiness is to be found along the way not at the end of the road, for then the journey is over and it’s too late. The time for happiness is today not tomorrow.
Paul H Dunn
We have talked a lot lately about choosing to be happy. For some it appears that working towards a happy life seems to be a difficult task that they are afraid to undertake. For me the key has always been to put your human values ahead of your material wants.
I know if we have been living the same way all our lives it is not easy to refocus so that we can follow the yellow brick road to some personal rewards, rewards that come from living the life many only dream about. I excerpted the following from an article on the Personal Development Blog, it may help some chart a path to where they would like to be.
Recipe for Happiness – Do You Have One?
How to Be Happy – the Ingredients
Essential ingredients in the recipe for happiness came to light by pressing a few questions:
What is happiness?
What is authentic happiness?
Is the pursuit of happiness fruitful?
Are there basic steps on how to be happy?
The answers were forthcoming:
Happiness is a state of being… being in the flow
Authentic happiness rests with me
The pursuit of happiness ends with me
The way to be happy is to nurture yourself and live the version of myself that I love…
And once you see that, you are ready to put your recipe together!
Mixing Your Recipe for Happiness
The main ingredients are the very ingredients that you love in yourself. To identify these and make them work in your mix, think of the positive forces that drive you in life and that make your heart sing.
- Start by finding your passions and then making sure you give those expressions in your life
- Determine your life purpose and honor your unique calling
- Identify your personal core values, and sift those thoroughly with your priorities. Your values and priorities are your spices, and you’ll sprinkle them through every day
- Whisk in your eager self motivation. This ensures that everything gets mixed together as it needs to and very nicely fuels your personal mission development
- Your self-empowerment will naturally be strengthening and causing your mix to rise
Use Your Happy Spices Generously
In the personal development articles on how to be happy, it’s pointed out that consciously living in line with your personal core values is an important key to happiness. So it’s obviously a primary ingredient in your recipe for happiness. I call your values your happy spices because it’s so easy to sprinkle them throughout your days for wonderful results.
For example, if Giving/Contribution is one of your top personal core values, then you definitely want to express it every day to further cultivate your authentic happiness.
Here are some simple ideas on how to easily activate core values every day, and keep your happiness quotient filled to overflowing:
Talk to a lonely elderly person when you have the opportunity
Help a child with a task, to play a game, or read a book
Help a co-worker, or make them a cuppa at tea time
Live up to your word. Your self-esteem, confidence, and self-satisfaction will also grow when you see yourself doing what you say you will.
Cooperation Ask others their opinion, then listen to their answer (!?:), and discuss a way that may enhance the situation.
When someone asks you to do something, immediately think of 3 reasons it may benefit you and others, before you respond.
Take time to be friendly, It is the road to happiness. Take time to love and be loved, it is a privilege of the Gods. Take time to share, life is too short to be selfish.
A college dean was berating a veteran economics professor for having used the same tests for the past 35 years.
“Don’t you realize, professor, that the students have been sharing these tests for decades and that all of your students know EXACTLY what’s on the test before they sit for it?”
“Doesn’t matter,” replied the professor. “You must realize that the subject is economics. The answers are different each year!”
“I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult.”
Following an especially angry argument, Mr. and Mrs. Smith went to bed not speaking to each other. Needing to arise early the following morning, Mr. Smith left a note on his wife’s bedside table that said, “Wake me at six.”
An exasperated Mr. Smith awoke at ten the following morning and rolled stiffly out of bed to see a note on his bedside table: “It’s six, you bum! Get out of bed!”
Sign on a repair shop door:
WE CAN REPAIR ANYTHING. (PLEASE KNOCK HARD ON THE DOOR – THE BELL DOESN’T WORK)
TEACHER: If you had one dollar and you asked your father for another, how many dollars would you have?
VINCENT: One dollar.
TEACHER: (sadly) You don’t know your arithmetic.
VINCENT: (sadly) You don’t know my father.
I refuse to admit that I am more than 52, even if that makes my children illegitimate.
Lady Nancy Astor
A young man was sitting in class when the professor asked him if he knew what the Roe vs. Wade decision was. He sat quietly, pondering this profound question. Finally, after giving it a lot of thought, he sighed and said, “I think this was the decision George Washington made prior to crossing the Delaware.”
Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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