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Finding Happiness in a Restless World

By Marion Webber

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Henry David Thoreau once said “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you imagined.”  This may not always be possible, but how we react to our life circumstances will make a difference in our happiness!  We can’t purchase it. So how do we achieve it?

Surrounding ourselves with like-minded people is a great way to begin.  Being with people we love, whether at home, at work, or play and sharing good conversation increases our happiness.  Knowing we have support behind us in the difficulties of life is something we all need.  Sometimes it’s all that gets us through rough times!  Find a group of people with the same interest. For me and a group of volunteers, going to a nursing home and feeding others who can’t feed themselves gives us purpose and enjoyment. We receive much more than we give.  By being with others we can provide love, meaning and support and increase our own self worth.  It has been proven that people with strong and broad relationships are healthier and live longer.  Building connections is essential for our happiness!

Staying healthy and active in our body and our mind are important!  Being active makes us happier as well as being good for our physical health.  It instantly improves our mood and can even lift us out of depression.  With the warmer spring weather now, we can get out and walk, jog, or bike, whatever we enjoy to get in our exercise, and boost our spirits after a long cold winter.  Turn off the electronics and head outside.

Take more notice of our life.  Are we experiencing life or do we just get through “another day.”  If what we are doing doesn’t bring us happiness, maybe we need to find another job or group to be with. Sometimes we are not able to choose all the people who surround our world, but we can choose how we react to them. We need to live for today.  Many people have a tendency to live in the past or in the future, missing the now altogether.  Sleep more.  Sleep helps our body to recover from the day.  By getting enough sleep it helps us to focus and be more productive.  Productive people are happy people!

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What’s your goal in life?  Goals can motivate us and give us purpose in life.  They should be at least achievable, not impossible.  By having goals we gain a sense of accomplishment, and satisfaction. Learning new ideas helps us stay curious and engaged in life.

Our positive emotions, like joy, gratitude, contentment, inspiration, and pride create an upward spiral of happiness.  Negative thoughts can harm our happiness. Limit your time with negative people.  We become like those we hang around with.  Find new positive friends!

Life is not always easy.  We all have loss, failure, or trauma in our lives but how we react to them can make a difference in our well being.  We can’t choose what happens, but we can choose our attitude. It’s not always easy.  It certainly can teach us resilience!

Accept yourself.  Be comfortable with who you are.  No one is perfect.  Be kinder to ourselves.  Sometimes we are our own worst enemies.  Giving ourselves to something that we love can be a great way to take our mind off of ourselves, and find a much richer, deeper satisfaction in life, and a sure way of finding Happiness!

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