I love the feeling of happiness. Absolute joy that flows thru my veins for no other reason than I am in a fantastic mood.
But, what exactly is happiness? How do you find happiness?
Happiness is a state of mind.
Yes, that’s right, it is all in your head.
Happiness is a willingness and an ability to focus more on the positive aspects of your life and minimize the negative.
We have all encountered people who, by any measurable means, should not be happy. In terms of money, job, relationship, or other means, they have absolutely no reason (in your mind) to be happy. Yet, they are! You have probably even insisted on them telling you their secret to happiness.
You may be surprised to learn that being happy is not a result of anything that happens around you or to you, but rather making a simple choice to be happy. That may sound like a catch-22 because it seems impossible to feel happy when you’re dissatisfied with your life as it is right now. However, you don’t have to be completely satisfied with every aspect of your life in order to feel happy.
When you feel unhappy, you are focusing most of your attention on lack. You’re thinking about the parts of your life that aren’t working as you’d prefer such as stress from your job, financial difficulties, car trouble, relationship conflicts, and so on.
When you decide to be happy right now – regardless of anything you still want to change in your life – you immediately shift into a mind-set of abundance and joy. You’re better able to make the most of your job, juggle financial commitments, communicate better with others, and generally see the brighter side of most situations. You begin choosing to feel good rather than obsessing about the things that have the potential to make you feel bad.
Perhaps you’ve tried to feel happy despite difficult circumstances but weren’t able to maintain the positive feelings? Understand that happiness is a choice you have to make in every moment. Choosing it once will last only as long as outer circumstances don’t contradict your intention. When something negative or challenging happens, you’ll find yourself at a crossroads again! Do you shift your focus away from the negatives and back to the positives again, or do you allow yourself to be swept down the road of dissatisfaction?
Remember that there will always be negative things you can focus on – no matter how wonderful your life becomes. There will always be challenges and obstacles that can potentially threaten your outlook in life. But there will also always be great things you can focus on.
When you finally understand that you have the power to choose what you give most of your attention to, the positives will quickly outweigh the negatives and you’ll find yourself experiencing a greater sense of happiness much of the time.
What will it take for you to begin feeling happy right now?
How can you start on the path to a happier state of mind today?
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