How do we ‘translate’ joy to practise in everyday life?
How do we ‘make’ ourselves happy, everday?
1) Make a list
No, not a shopping list, wish list or ‘ to do’ list, but a ‘Count your blessings’ list!
One of the simplest and most effective ways is to make a list of all the wonderful things that have happened to you or are happening to you everyday.
These can be the smallest of things – for example,
someone said a kind word or complimented you;
something funny to laugh over;
spending time with friends,
being free from sickness and pain, etc.
At the end of the day, just run through the list!
You will be amazed at the things in your life that you can be thankful for
2) See the good
It is also important to cultivate a habit of seeing the good in things, even when things do not go our way.
Many events in our lives can be interpreted in both positive or negative ways.
It all boils down to how we choose to view things.
3) Beware of negativity
Each day, try to develop an awareness of your thoughts.
Once you catch yourself starting to worry, make an attempt to think more positively.
It’s hard at first, but with practise it will become second nature.
4) Make a committed choice each day!
We all have a choice today and everyday.
Do you choose to be happy and thankful …
for the things that you have,
for the people in your lives,
for the simple pleasures that you enjoy,
for the air that you breathe
for the breeze and the sunshine
for the rain and refreshing waters
Or do you choose to be ungrateful and grumpy … even for the littlest things that go wrong.
Being happy does not mean that everything is perfect. It means that you have decided to look beyond the imperfections. The glass is both half empty and half full, it depends on how you choose to see it!
Make a commitment to being happy – it is the most important work of your life!