By Janice Stevens What a concept . . . to think that being happy is as simple as making the choice to claim that state of mind. Can it really be so easy? Is that even possible?
Happiness is probably not as simple as sitting in your favorite chair, taking a few minutes to think on the subject, and coming to the conclusion to be happy. However, by making some deliberate lifestyle choices and choosing some particular patterns of thought, one can certainly bring more peace into one’s life which will in turn lead to a more content or happy life. Let’s look at just a few ways in which we can bring more peace into our lives.
Don’t sweat the small stuff. Choosing to hang on to grudges, seeking revenge toward others, nursing the hurt from perceived insults or oversights is hurting oneself most of all. Letting go of such hurts allows us to move in a much more positive direction of peace and contentment.
Be kind toward others. Kindness is not only a good thing for others, it’s good for YOU. Doing good deeds, being part of community service, seeking to serve others makes a person feel good about himself/herself.
Practice honesty. The old adage is as true now as ever it was: “Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.” It’s hard to imagine how stressful it must be to keep track of what lies and stories were told to whom and keep the deceit going. On the other hand, how precious it is to have the knowledge of being a trustworthy and honorable person.
Exercise and eat well. These practices are known to positively impact mood and energy levels, reduce stress, and ultimately lead to an enhanced frame of mind.
If you choose to adopt just one of the above new practices, this will be a deliberate step toward choosing happiness. And, if you choose to sit in your favorite chair and take a few minutes to think on this subject, you can come up with other behaviors and thought patterns that will lead to greater contentment and happiness for yourself.
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Via: Richard Blankenship