Is it possible to live in a state of happiness? Isn’t that Pollyannaish? Wouldn’t you have to have your head in the sand oblivious to the world around you? If you could move into a happier state of mind, would you be willing to do what it takes?
On this MKE journey, we have been given tools to help bring on a state of happiness. Below are the regular steps I took to improve my happiness.
Turn off the news…This has been the most drastic step I took on this journey. Never realizing how much emotion was stirred up watching the news, the painful weaning off this addictive activity was a change I made cold turkey.
Just smile…There are so many beautiful things happening around us that are worthy of a smile. Scientists say that just smiling confuses our subconscious into believing we are happy even when we aren’t and helps you learn better.
Knowing your purpose in life…Taking the amount of time it takes to understand what you really want out of life is so valuable. Moving closer daily brings on, ”I’ve got this”, happy emotion.
Reading the obituaries…Daily obituaries readings brought awareness to the fact that any one of those people would love to take my place, my problems and to have more time with loved ones. Happily handling problems and loving up on my family and friends has been such a blessing.
Move…Exercise brings on those endorphins that are always a pleasure. Seeing nature on my walks or sweating out the toxins has improved my outlook and body.
Keep your promises to yourself…Each week I have written down 2 tasks/services and have accomplished them which keeps away a feeling of ignominious. Might as well be a disease but knowing you keep your promises to yourself is powerful and keeps you “disease” free.
Direct emotions…This was a biggie for me. Do not attach emotions to things that are out of your control. Now, I say a little prayer and give it to “SOMEONE” else to issue assistance.
Having the knowledge of how to bring on happiness in one’s life is truly valuable. Give it a try and see if you don’t feel the edges of your lips turning up a little more.
Lesson Learned: Knowing how to be happy and doing it are two different things!