We live in a world where our lives move too fast and we forget how to truly be happy. M.J. Ryan, author of The Happiness Makeover, provides eight ways for you to practice happiness every day.
We live in a world where our lives move too fast and we forget how to truly be happy. M.J. Ryan, author of The Happiness Makeover, provides eight ways for you to practice happiness every day. It’s all a matter of where you shine the flashlight of your attention.
Focus on the Positives
When you find yourself envious of what others have, or have done, take a moment to focus on the positives in your life. Looking at the positives is an instant happiness booster. What what’s right, right now?
Enjoy Each and Every Moment
Life moves fast. Step back and enjoy the little things in life. This old saying has made it through the years for a reason. It’s true. No matter how large or small the moment is, bask in it. What can you see, hear, smell, taste right now?
It’s such a simple concept that many of us don’t practice often enough. You don’t have to wait for everything to be wonderful to think a grateful thought. The more we give thanks for what we have, the more aware we become of our own good fortune.
Indulge in the Simple Pleasures
Take a moment to enjoy the simple pleasures in your life. Indulge in those that make you happiest. Do you love chocolate? Have a piece. Do what you enjoy and finds way that you can savor them even more.
Discover Your Passions
Find your passion and pursue it as often as you can. If you don’t have a particular passion at the current moment, it’s time to start learning something new. Especially if it’s something you’ve always wanted to do. Remember, your passion doesn’t always have to be what you do for work.
Learn to Think Optimistically
Think on the bright side. The more positive you are, the happier your work and family life will be. Being more optimistic has been shown to be good for your health too. In a study of over 200 Harvard undergraduates over 40 years, having a positive attitude at 20 was a predictor of good health at sixty-five. And research proves that us gloomy guys and gals can learn to be optimistic just by trying!
Focus on the Good, and Tell the Negativity to Take a Hike
When you feel fear or anger, ask yourself to also notice what’s good, whole and true in your life. Ignoring the negativity and focusing on the positive will allow you to find true peace, both internally and externally, and happiness will begin to take over.
Surround Yourself with Happy People
Surround yourself with people who bring you joy. Find groups who have similar interests as you, or something that connects you. A group like this could be anywhere; your church, on the internet, in your hometown, or all over the globe. Or it could be as simple as your core group of friends who you enjoy spending time with.
(culled from beliefnet.net)