Paths to Happiness
March 2, 2017 by Cathy Brown
“Happiness is a journey, not a destination.” ~ Ben Sweetland
Everyone’s path is something they can choose. The Abundance Project has identified 6 paths to Happiness that consistently tend to make life happier and more fulfilling. They can keep us out of depressions and ignite the fire of happiness in our lives.
Let’s start a new toast…ready??? Raise your glasses… “Here’s to Happiness”. I will always drink to that!
Share Your Heart
Opening up your feelings and caring and sharing the inner you may sometimes seem scary. We don’t always know how it will be accepted, but caring about others is fundamental to our happiness. Helping and loving other people is not only good for them and a great thing to do, it also makes us happier and healthier too. Giving also creates stronger connections between people and helps to build a happier society for everyone. And it’s not all about money – we can also give our time, ideas and energy.
Keep yourself busy. Keep your mind moving, keep your heart moving and keep your body moving. We were built to do things, so do them. Continually move towards your goal, sharpening you mind along the way by learning new things that will help you achieve what you want. Exercise to what your body will allow. This will keep you fresh and renewed. Happiness is an action not a reaction.
Discovering Meaning and Passion
Be part of something bigger than you and your situation. People who have meaning and purpose in their lives are happier, feel more in control and get more out of what they do. They also experience less stress, anxiety and depression. But where do we find ‘meaning and purpose’? When this is discovered it empowers multiple areas of your life. This could be a big or small. It just needs to be something that your soul finds joy in. This could come from a job that makes a difference, spiritual beliefs, family or friends.
Live in the Moment
The best way to enjoy the time that you’re in now is to focus your attention on what is actually happening during the moment. Don’t waste your precious time on earth by constantly looking forward to what you don’t have. Something interesting is we are usually off balance our whole lives. When we are young our bodies our always in the moment, but our minds are looking towards the future. When we are older our bodies are living in the moment and our minds remembering the past. We need to achieve a state of alignment if not we will always be looking for something that didn’t happen and remember something that we weren’t fully in the moment for.
Always be Grateful
The best way to reap the benefits of gratitude is to notice new things you’re grateful for every day. Those that write down memories and blessings that they are grateful for on a daily basis feel more positive about their lives as a whole. Gratitude is a way for people to appreciate what they have …instead of always reaching for something new in the hopes it will make them happier, or thinking they can’t feel satisfied until every physical and material need is met. Also, gratitude helps people cope with stress and trauma.
The worst feelings and emotions we could ever harbor are Hate, Revenge, Blame, Spite and Holding a Grudge. Let go. This does not mean forgetting the lessons learned from the instance, but to let go of festering feelings that hinder your joy. Holding a grudge and nursing grievances can affect physical as well as mental health. Use the 5 step REACH process. First, Recall the hurt. Then Empathize and try to understand the act from the perpetrator’s point of view. Be Altruistic by recalling a time in your life when you were forgiven. Commit to putting your forgiveness into words. You can do this either in a letter to the person you’re forgiving or in your journal. Finally, try to Hold on to the forgiveness. Don’t dwell on your anger, hurt, and desire for vengeance.
Everyone wants to be happy. And we all can achieve happiness if we just try some or all of these paths. I am going to work on living in the moment. Which path will you choose?
I focus my attention to what I am doing right now, not in the future or the past…but NOW.
I reap the benefits of gratitude by noticing things to appreciate each and every day.
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