There is one simple step that I have found that leads to happiness. Acknowledge that happiness does not rely on a person, place, thing or even a circumstance. It depends on your choice. Yup, its that simple. It all depends on how you look at everything, how you react to situations and people.
It seems more and more the ‘world’ pushes that happiness can only be gained by being tied to things, people, position and money. Prestige and placement in life are preached to our children so heavily at a young age that it’s no wonder we are seeing so much depression and and stress in our youngins. The constant flood of being plugged in is always screaming at us what the world says we have to be, have to do, have to go. It’s time to turn it off. School is important but college is not a necessity. There is nothing wrong with having a career based on skill and talents, working with your hands or with the land. Technology has its uses, but more often than not, it seems to have more misuses.
Here are some basic rules for embracing the now, for finding happiness.
- Live well beneath your means.
- Don’t give away what you can’t give at home.
- Return everything you borrow.
- Serve with your talents and your heart, not out of obligation or guilt.
- Stop blaming other people for your bad choices.
- Pray Daily (sometimes every second if need be).
- Have daily walks and talk with God.
- Admit it when you make a mistake.
- Give unworn clothes to charity.
- Give outsized clothes to charity.
- Do something nice for a total stranger (and don’t post it on social media).
- Listen more; talk less.
- Find a reason to be outside.
- Strive for excellence, but not perfection.
- Be on time.
- Don’t make excuses.
- Organize your day in the morning.
- Don’t argue or insist on being right or having the last word.
- Be kind to unkind people.
- Let someone ahead of you in line.
- Take time to be alone with God.
- Always incorporate good manners.
- Don’t lie.
- Be humble.
- Realize and accept that life is not fair, but it is all in God’s plan.
- Enjoy your time for rest and sleep.
- Know when to keep your mouth shut.
- Practice not criticizing others.
- Turn the TV/Computer/phone off.
- Learn from the past.
- Live every day to its fullest.
- Always give a kind word.
- Make due with what you have.
- Focus on the good, not the bad.
Happiness is how you view your life. I like to tell people that every day is a good day as long as I wake up and my feet hit the floor and my face doesn’t. I figure that leaves the rest of the day wide open for great things to happen.
Until Next Time,
Mrs. Kay L. Rice