I am getting to HAPPY
November 12, 2015 by Cathy Brown
Thank you so much for the many emails and comments about last week’s “Happy Thoughts” (the story of our lovely 92 year old lady, moving into a nursing home and choosing happiness as being something you decide on ahead of time). If you missed it, please check it out in my website archives.
I think it was Forrest Gump who said…”happiness is as happiness does”, or maybe it was “stupid is as stupid does”…although I would like to believe it was the former. Anyway, how does one do happy?
One starts with appreciation; being thankful for what you already have. I end each day, just before I go to sleep saying a little prayer of gratitude while remembering all the “happy” moments that occurred that day…maybe I talked to one of my daughters, played with my dogs, found a great deal at the store. It doesn’t matter how small it is, it just matters that it made you happy. I also like to play a fun little game called “Rampage of Appreciation”, from the teachings of Abraham-Hicks. It goes something like this…
Simply direct pleasant thoughts in your mind. Look around your immediate environment and gently notice something that pleases you. Hold your attention on this person or object as you consider how wonderful, beautiful, or useful it is. As you focus, your positive feelings about it they will increase. Choose another object of attention that easily evokes your appreciation. Focus upon those things that feel good to you. The more you play this game the easier your will find things to appreciate.
This fun game can be played anywhere. I like to play it when I am standing in line at the grocery store. I focus on the food in my cart that will be good to eat, or maybe the sales clerk who is working hard to help me, or maybe even a smiling face on a magazine displayed on the check out counter. Focusing on something pleasant sure helps prevent frustration while in line. I am not the most patient person, so this exercise helps keep me “cool” and happy. Give it a try. Let me know how it works for you.
Today I am looking for things that make me smile.
I am in my “happy place” and I love being there.
“I’m going to be happy. I’m going to skip.
I’m going to be glad.
I’m going to be easy.
I’m going to count my blessings.
I’m going to look for reasons to feel good.
I’m going to dig up positive things from the past.
I’m going to look for positive things where I stand.
I’m going to look for positive things in the future.
It is my natural state to be a happy person.
It’s natural for me to love and to laugh.
This is what is most natural for me.
I am a happy person.”
Knowing your WHY is like turning on the lights to your behavior. You gain instant clarity. You begin to understand why you made the choices you made. You know what your special gift is. Your world begins to make more sense.
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