December 12, 2017
The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.
Many of us seem to be too busy to find the time to work on our personal happiness. Some of us even seem to expect happiness to walk in the door they don’t even open to let it in.
A recent article on the BLDG25 blog offers ways we can open our door to happiness on a regular basis. Reading it reminded me that happiness is not limited to the end of the rainbow but exists all along the path, all we need to do is learn how to appreciate them. Here are tips offered in the article on how we can enrich our lives. I have made some minor edits due to limited space.
How To Be Happier: 8 Simple Secrets to Transform Your Mood
There is much scientific evidence that your outlook on life is as important as what you eat for staying healthy…Learning how to be happier is a mindset, and it’s surprisingly easy to access when you know what to focus on. One of the most important things for health is your brain. How you view the world has an enormous effect on your health. This isn’t the New Age idea of thinking well of yourself.
In a world full of challenges, both internal and external, it can seem beyond difficult to stay positive. Here are some tools to help you:
BE GRATEFUL. – The studies are in: Feeling grateful makes you feel better. If you’re going through a tough time, this can be just the thing to turn you around. Find something, no matter how small, to feel grateful for — beautiful sunset, a warm cup of tea, a smile from a stranger. Write down three things a day and let yourself feel gratitude deeply in your body. This practice will bring an instant smile to your face.
NOTICE BEAUTY. – Even in the midst of chaos, there is always beauty. It can be huge, like a gorgeous vista, or tiny, like a little heart-shaped rock in an abandoned lot. The brain is wired toward negativity, so when you start to focus on and notice beauty all around you, you start to rewire your brain for positivity — and you feel happier!
GIVE THANKS. – This goes along with gratitude. Give thanks for all of the goodness in your life. Make a habit of giving thanks. Maybe bring it into your mealtimes. Before you eat, take a moment to pause, and say, “Thank you to all the people who’ve had a hand in bringing this food to my table.” It helps to put you into a gracious frame of mind to notice and be thankful for your life.
DEEP BREATH. – If you’re having a tough time, the best thing you can do is step back and take a few deep breaths. Breathing deeply in through the nose and out through the mouth helps activate the parts of the brain that bring you into calm and happiness.
STOP IN THE MIDDLE OF YOUR DAY. – No matter how busy you are, take a moment to pause and reflect on your life. Instead of just rushing through things, stop and do one of the above practices: Notice something beautiful, give thanks for the day or take a deep breath and feel your own miraculous body working.
FEET TO EARTH. – Plug into the abundant earth energy and de-stress by putting your bare feet on the bare earth. It’s deeply healing and feels so good. This is a great one to do with kids, as they love nothing more than getting right up against the earth; they can teach us so much about simplicity.
TAP INTO JOY. – Tap with one finger into the center of your forehead between your eyebrows when you feel joyful. This helps to reprogram joy into your nervous system.
MEDITATE DAILY. – Take some time out of your day to meditate. Something as simple as focusing on your breath for 5-20 minutes a day builds healthier brain function and rewires your brain for health and calm.
Doing one or more of these simple practices is enough to start to shift yourself out of difficult patterns and into more beneficial, health-giving, thriving joy!
Nobody really cares if you’re miserable, so you might as well be happy.
Do you remember:
Drive-ins with car hops
Winter rubber boots with metal latches
Hair dryers with plastic caps
Dart guns with rubber-tipped darts
Roll of cap-gun caps
Many of us do, the thing that is scary for me is that I have kids that probably remember most of them.
Caution: Do not ask for advice, you might get it.
Just as she was celebrating her 80th birthday, Mrs. Cohen received a jury-duty notice. She called to remind the people at the clerk’s office that she was exempt because of her age.
“You need to come in and fill out the exemption forms,” they said.
“I’ve already done that,” she replied. “I did it last year.”
“You have to do it every year,” she was told.
“Why?” came the response. “Do you think I’m going to get younger?”
A successful man is one who can earn more money than his family can spend.
I was getting my hair cut at a neighborhood shop, and I asked the barber when would be the best time to bring in my two-year-old son.
Without hesitation, the barber answered, “When he’s four.”
The peak years of mental activity are between the ages of four and eighteen. At four they know all the questions, at eighteen they know all the answers.
A young and foolish pilot wanted to sound cool on the aviation frequencies. So, this was his first time approaching a field at night.
Instead of making any official requests to the tower, he said: “Guess who?”
The controller switched the field lights off and replied: “Guess where!”
I don’t think you can feel a sense of entitlement and still be happy. Happiness always comes from feeling that you’ve been blessed.
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