“The happiest people I know are NOT those who find their golden ticket; they are those who, while in the pursuit of worthy goals, discover and treasure the beauty and sweetness of the everyday moments.” ~Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Sometimes we are so busy we do not take time to be grateful and be happy.
It is easy to be thankful for sunshine, for laughter, for colorful flowers, and even rain. Too many times, we fail to think past the obvious. We are so caught up in our busy schedules and we feel over-whelmed by our sometimes failures that we forget just how much there is in life to be grateful for and to be happy about.
My sister Cathy was known to be a “happifier” … that was her motto! She loved making people happy. If you did something for her … you could depend on her doing something to make you happy and show you how grateful she was. Her funeral was highlighted with many stories of her efforts to make her family and friends happy. It didn’t stop there … she wanted to make every man or woman on the street that she didn’t know happy too! Her legacy is so positive. Her grand-children have tattoos to remember Cathy and her legacy of being and making others happy. What an awesome reminder to be happy, make others happy, and to remember my sister!
Who DOESN’T want to live a healthy and happy life … I think the answer just might be “nobody.” So what are the differences between happy and unhappy people? What is the secret to a happy life? Is it love? Is it money? Is it a big house and fancy car? Is it a important career? Well guess what … I believe simply put, your thoughts have a more powerful effect on your happiness than you might think.
To illustrate my thoughts … would each of you look around the room you are in and find all the things you can that are blue. Now everyone close your eyes … no cheating. Now think of the things you saw that were reddish. If you could not think of anything you saw that was reddish was it because you were intent on looking for blue that you did not even notice the beautiful reddish things.
Happiness works much the same way. When we focus on what we do not have or our problems, soon that is all we can see. What does this lead to: discontentment, being whiny, unsatisfied and definitely unhappy. When we focus on our many beautiful reddish things too … the smaller amazing blessings, we become more and more aware of them. This leads to be more content, grateful and happier.
Life is definitely too short to sit around and wait naively for perfect moments. Thinking that happiness is going to fall right out of the sky, or walk into our lives is just NOT going to happen. Being happy is a daily decision and requires commitment. We must stop looking for happiness and start living happiness.
So today I have a two simple tips for you, for living a happier and healthier life. It’s about first, choosing to be happy … then thinking about how to be happy!
#1 Stop Negative Thinking. A negative mind will never give you a positive life. Stop thoughts that are limiting and self-defeating like “I can’t do that“ or “I’m not good enough.” Don’t believe everything that you think. Negative thinking is unhelpful and will hold you back from achieving your goals and greater self-confidence. Replace negative thoughts with words that are positive and motivating. In the beginning, it may be difficult, but the more you repeatedly send positive messages to yourself, the better and happier you will feel. I love the quote from Lisa Hayes: “Be careful how you are talking to yourself because you are listening.” Stop that half-empty things right now!
#2 Be Grateful. Gratitude is an attitude and a way of living that has been shown to have many benefits in terms of health and happiness. Feeling and expressing gratitude, instead of wanting more and more, turns our mental focus to the good and happy things in life. Which will create more things to be grateful for. I have a “Gratitude Journal” that I try to write in daily. I only write positive things. When I feeling down or sad, I go back and read my journal and realized how blessed I am even with daily trials and problems. As you awake each morning, give thanks for your blessings and the life that you do have. Life is a gift, never forget that.
The best quote ever by an unknown author: “The happiest people don’t have the best of everything … they just make the best of everything they have.” OK … become a happifier too!
Just saying …