Sunday, May 22, 2011

The path to happiness?

I have a VERY blessed life.  I have a wonderful husband, an amazing family, great friends and support system and a job I love.  I am so happy!

So, what is it that makes YOU happy?  Are you happy?

Here's what works for me.

Surround yourself with positive people.  No negative Nellies for me.  When you choose, yes it is a choice, to be positive, then positive things start to happen for you as well.  Life is too short to be around negative, unhappy people.  Find the people that you enjoy being around. 

Work on your personal developement.  I read personal developement books EVERY day.  Read 10 pages everyday.  Choose books that interest you.  But, you must work on yourself daily!    If you would like a suggestion of books to get you started, let me know.  I have a lot of great ones that I have read.

Do something fun everyday.  It can be as easy as putting on some music and dancing around the house, or playing a game with your kids, but do something fun every single day! 

Exercise and eat right.  You feel better, look better, sleep better and yes, you are happier!  Break a sweat for 10 minutes a day.  Do an exercise that you love, if you don't like to exercise, you just haven't found the right one for you yet.  Keep looking, it is out there.  I'd be happy to help you find one that is just right for you.  Eat healthy food.  Avoid processed foods and drive-thrus.  It's hard to be happy when you feel crappy. 

Smile.  Just smiling can make a HUGE difference, share your smile with others, spread the happiness with people you see.  Happiness is contagious.

Laugh.  Be with people that laugh and make you laugh.  It adds years to your life, and you will have some great memories to share and remember.

Keep a gratitude journal.  Seriously, write down the things you are grateful for and BE GRATEFUL.  Everyone has something in their lives to be appreicative about.  Write it down!  Get a cute notebook, it just makes it even better :)

Love yourself.  There are many great things about YOU!  You are one of a kind, know this and find the things you love about yourself.  If you are struggling with it, then change the things you don't love.  We are all a work in progress.  Nobody is perfect.  Don't compare yourself to others, just be the best YOU can be!

Pray.  Have a relationship with God.  Talk to him daily! 

I don't guarantee that if you do all these things you will be happy, but you will be more fulfilled and if you remember that happiness is a choice, all you have to do is choose to be happy!

Discussion:  What makes you happy?