21 Habits of Happy People – There is so much we can Learn

As I post this I am learning along with you.  I hope you enjoy these ideas.  I sure am!

 

Happiness is a habit – cultivate it.” ~ Elbert Hubbar

“Happiness is one aspiration all people share. No one wants to be sad and depressed.
We’ve all seen people who are always happy – even amidst agonizing life trials. I’m not saying happy people don’t feel grief, sorrow or sadness; they just don’t let it overtake their life. The following are 21 things happy people make a habit of doing:
1. Appreciate Life

Be thankful that you woke up alive each morning. Develop a childlike sense of wonder towards life. Focus on the beauty of every living thing. Make the most of each day. Don’t take anything for granted. Don’t sweat the small stuff.

2. Choose Friends Wisely

Surround yourself with happy, positive people who share your values and goals. Friends that have the same ethics as you will encourage you to achieve your dreams. They help you to feel good about yourself. They are there to lend a helping hand when needed.

3. Be Considerate

Accept others for who they are as well as where they are in life. Respect them for who they are. Touch them with a kind and generous spirit. Help when you are able, without trying to change the other person. Try to brighten the day of everyone you come into contact with.

4. Learn Continuously

Keep up to date with the latest news regarding your career and hobbies. Try new and daring things that has sparked your interest – such as dancing, skiing, surfing or sky-diving.

5. Creative Problem Solving

Don’t wallow in self-pity. As soon as you face a challenge get busy finding a solution. Don’t let the set backs affect your mood, instead see each new obstacle you face as an opportunity to make a positive change. Learn to trust your gut instincts – it’s almost always right.

6. Do What They Love

Some statistics show that 80% of people dislike their jobs! No wonder there’s so many unhappy people running around. We spend a great deal of our life working. Choose a career that you enjoy – the extra money of a job you detest isn’t worth it. Make time to enjoy your hobbies and pursue special interests.

7. Enjoy Life

Take the time to see the beauty around you. There’s more to life than work. Take time to smell the roses, watch a sunset or sunrise with a loved one, take a walk along the seashore, hike in the woods etc. Learn to live in the present moment and cherish it. Don’t live in the past or the future.

8. Laugh

Don’t take yourself – or life to seriously. You can find humor in just about any situation. Laugh at yourself – no one’s perfect. When appropriate laugh and make light of the circumstances. (Naturally there are times that you should be serious as it would be improper to laugh.)

9. Forgive

Holding a grudge will hurt no one but you. Forgive others for your own peace of mind. When you make a mistake – own up to it – learn from it – and FORGIVE yourself.

10. Gratitude

Develop an attitude of gratitude. Count your blessings; All of them – even the things that seem trivial. Be grateful for your home, your work and most importantly your family and friends. Take the time to tell them that you are happy they are in your life.

11. Invest in Relationships

Always make sure your loved ones know you love them even in times of conflict. Nurture and grow your relationships with your family and friends by making the time to spend with them. Don’t break your promises to them. Be supportive.

12. Keep Their Word

Honesty is the best policy. Every action and decision you make should be based on honesty. Be honest with yourself and with your loved ones.

13. Meditate

Meditation gives your very active brain a rest. When it’s rested you will have more energy and function at a higher level. Types of meditation include yoga, hypnosis, relaxation tapes, affirmations, visualization or just sitting in complete silence. Find something you enjoy and make the time to practice daily.

14. Mind Their Own Business

Concentrate on creating your life the way you want it. Take care of you and your family. Don’t get overly concerned with what other people are doing or saying. Don’t get caught up with gossip or name calling. Don’t judge. Everyone has a right to live their own life the way they want to – including you.

15. Optimism

See the glass as half full. Find the positive side of any given situation. It’s there – even though it may be hard to find. Know that everything happens for a reason, even though you may never know what the reason is. Steer clear of negative thoughts. If a negative thought creeps in – replace it with a positive thought.

16. Love Unconditionally

Accept others for who they are. You don’t put limitations on your love. Even though you may not always like the actions of your loved ones – you continue to love them.

17. Persistence

Never give up. Face each new challenge with the attitude that it will bring you one step closer to your goal. You will never fail, as long as you never give up. Focus on what you want, learn the required skills, make a plan to succeed and take action. We are always happiest while pursuing something of value to us.

18. Be Proactive

Accept what can not be changed. Happy people don’t waste energy on circumstances beyond their control. Accept your limitations as a human being. Determine how you can take control by creating the outcome you desire – rather than waiting to respond.

19. Self Care

Take care of your mind, body and health. Get regular medical check ups. Eat healthy and work out. Get plenty of rest. Drink lots of water. Exercise your mind by continually energizing it with interesting and exciting challenges.

20. Self Confidence

Don’t try to be someone that you’re not. After all no one likes a phony. Determine who you are in the inside – your own personal likes and dislikes. Be confident in who you are. Do the best you can and don’t second guess yourself.

21. Take Responsibility

Happy people know and understand that they are 100% responsible for their life. They take responsibility for their moods, attitude, thoughts, feelings, actions and words. They are the first to admit when they’ve made a mistake.

Begin today by taking responsibility for your happiness. Work on developing these habits as you own. The more you incorporate the above habits into your daily lifestyle – the happier you will be.

Most of all: BE TRUE TO YOURSELF.”

 

~ What FABULOUS last words of advice, Yes, Let us ALL ‘BE TRUE TO OURSELVES’ !!

I hope you enjoyed this lesson as much as I did.  I will be coming back to this often to remind myself where I need to be.

This is from : Mind Openerz – 21 Habits of Happy People

 

~~~Thee Gratitude Dude

 

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The Key to Success, Imagination!

I hope everyone had a great holiday!  Things are going to pick up in 2013 for us and everyone else!  This is going to be a time of togetherness and love!  Old thought processes are going to fall by the waist side to make room for a new way of thinking!  The catch is that its really NOT a new way of thinking, it has always been THE WAY! Just, now, we are all going to begin to FEEL the right way towards our fellow humans.  We are going to realize that we shouldn’t stay quiet any longer!  We need to GIVE in order to RECEIVE!

The 80s and 90s were all about greed and brought on corruption beyond belief and we are seeing the institutions that brought on that greed begin to crumble before our eyes.  They are crumbling because they forgot about the one thing that can sustain success = GOOD INTENTIONS!  It is okay to want money and a big house and nice things as long as you remember to be grateful for them before AND after you receive them.  The one way to show that gratefulness is to GIVE BACK every chance you get!  Whether giving time to someone in need, giving help, lending an ear or anything…pay it forward.  Help someone with change at the register..whatever you can think of.  Show LOVE and compassion towards one another and when you do remember the FEELING you get when giving, that FEELING should motivate you to continue giving everyday of your life.  You are starting a chain reaction that will bring more LOVE into the world.  Those you help will feel the motivation to help others and so on and so on…..

One last thing, the way to begin your own success along side of helping is to practice the Creation Process : Imagine it, Feel it, Receive it! Never stop thinking, never stop using your Imagination!  That is THE KEY!

Inspiration Angels are on there way to Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown Connecticut

I have created these necklaces for the purpose of those with heavy hearts and those that are going through rough times.  I think it fitting I send them to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut.

Being a parent of a 4 year old girl and a 10 year old boy myself, I can not imagine what they are going through right now.  I can not imagine getting the  phone call.  I can not imagine having to wait outside the school wondering if your child was alive or…  I can not imagine the dread and then sorrow one would feel getting the worst news ever possible.

I want the parents, teachers and staff of Sandy Hook Elementary to know that there ARE good people out there.  There ARE people that are sending them love and hope.  My Inspiration Angels are meant to give the wearer some hope.  They are meant to remind the wearer that there still is something to be grateful for.  During these times it will be tough to remember that.  There faith may be shaken, I understand.  Faith in humanity.  Faith in society.  Faith in government.  Faith in the good in the world.  Well I am here to show them one of the first signs that people not of there town or state DO care.  We are EVERYWHERE.  We are standing by Newtown Connecticut with are arms wide open.  With a tear running down our cheek letting them know to cry, to mourn and to remember those amazing children and teachers that lost there lives.  But remember them alive.  Remember the awesome times you shared a laugh with them.  The feelings you had when you witnessed them showing their love for someone else.  They were here on Earth to give us those memories.  We will not forget them.  Ever.

I am not only sending the Inspiration Angels to the school district but also to different churches in the community.  I am sending my entire supply.

And when they arrive to you Newtown remember to Spin those Wings and Remember your Blessings.  They will be watching and loving you from above.