October 23, 2019
The most important thing is to enjoy your life — to be happy. It’s all that matters.
Are you happy? Do you know what can make you even happier?
I think too many of us listen to what folks say will make us happy, rather than deciding what we want that would bring more joy into our lives. In my case I find that reducing the variety of activities I pursue allows me to focus on the ones that provide the most pleasure.
I wish I could provide a happiness elixir to the folks I meet who complain about their lives, folks who stay focused on what they don’t like instead of what they could like. But unfortunately, no one but ourselves can lead us to happier lives.
Today I offer an abridged article that provides those who want to become happier a process to improve their lives.
Take Control Of Your Happiness
Here are 6 ways to create and control your own happiness:
Make a change – If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got. Everything that happens is a cyclical process that will continue until you make an intervention – a change that puts you on a new course.
Evaluate yourself – Be prepared to give yourself honest and ruthless feedback and don’t forget to learn each time you mess up. If you’ve already assessed and addressed your own weaknesses, what can anyone else’s opinion matter?! Get comfortable with your strengths – look for opportunities to use them.
Stop comparing – It happens all the time. You’re happy with your job until you hear about someone else’s and it sounds much better. If you compare your life to anything other than a former version of itself, you’re asking for unhappiness.
Define happiness – The happiness you seek has to be based on your version of happiness and not someone else’s. Definitely not based on TV adverts, celebrity Instagram pictures or the lives of friends and relatives.
Keep your lips sealed – Work out your own plan before you ask for comment. Be sure of your next move before you open up to receive advice.
Design your life – If you can’t define what makes you happy then you will forever be confused as to how you achieve it. If you can define it exactly, no amount of Insta-envy or assessments from others will touch you. Only you have the power and inclination to control your own happiness. No external factors should penetrate your inner core. No one can make you feel anything you don’t want to feel, it’s all a choice. You’ve got this!
The only thing that will make you happy is being happy with who you are.
An insurance salesman was trying to persuade a housewife that she should take out life insurance. “Suppose your husband were to die,” he said, “What would you get?”
The housewife thought for a while, and then said, “Oh, a parrot, I think. Then the house wouldn’t seem so quiet.”
I am in shape! ..Round is a shape.
Two hunters got a pilot to fly them into the far north for elk hunting.
They were quite successful in their venture, and bagged six big bucks. The pilot came back as arranged to pick them up.
They started loading their gear into the plane, including the six elk. But the pilot objected. “The plane can take out only four of your elk; you will have to leave two behind,” he stated.
They argued with him; the year before the had shot six and the pilot had allowed them to put all aboard, and the plane was just the same model and capacity as this.
Reluctantly the pilot finally permitted them to put all six aboard.
But when they attempted to take off and leave the valley where they were, the little plane could not make it, and they crashed in the wilderness.
Climbing out of the wreckage, one hunter said to the other, “Do you know where we are?”
“I think so,” replied the other hunter. “I think this is about the same place where the plane crashed last year.”
I married my wife for her looks. But not the ones she’s been giving me lately!
“Oh, Laura!” cried her neighbor, “I’m so very sorry to hear about the loss of your husband. He was such a wonderful man. I’m sure he left you well provided for, didn’t he?”
Laura dabbed at her eyes and muttered, “Yes, he was a very caring husband and he left me almost half a million dollars in his will. I miss him so much that I’d give fifty thousand just to have him back!”
No one ever says “It’s only a game,” when their team is winning.
A magician was working on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. The audience would be different each week, so the magician allowed himself to do the same tricks over and over again.
There was only one problem: The captain’s parrot saw the shows each week and began to understand how the magician did every trick. Once he understood he started shouting in the middle of the show:
“Look, it’s not the same hat.”
“Look, he is hiding the flowers under the table.”
“Hey, why are all the cards the Ace of Spades?”
The magician was furious but couldn’t do anything; it was, after all, the captain’s parrot.
One day the ship had an accident and sank. The magician found himself on a piece of wood in the middle of the ocean with the parrot, of course.
They stared at each other with hate, but did not utter a word. This went on for a day and another and another.
After a week the parrot said: “OK, I give up. Where’s the boat?”
“It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.”
Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.
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