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5 Tips to Happiness

August 12th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

happy peopleWhat is happiness?  This seems to be a question that people have been contemplating for generations.  The framers of our constitution believed it was so important, they put pursuit happiness as one of our rights in that well thought out document.

Happiness is different for different people.  We humans pursue it with gusto.  Many industries have sprung up in that pursuit.  If you eat this food you will be happy, or spray on this cologne, meet this person, have this car…the list goes on.  The elements of pursuit is as different as there are different people.  Is it just a feeling?

Even though the knowledge of happiness can be elusive, there seems to be some common denominators.  Here are a list of 5 of the more common ones.

1.  The happiest people have comforting and close personal relationships.  They tend to spend the least amount of time alone.  They pursue personal growth and relationships and judge themselves by their own set of rules and not by what others have set for them.

2.  Happy people have their own “flow”.  Meaning that, they have activities that when they are involved in them they lose track of time and stop worrying.  Their activities give them a feeling of worth.  Do you remember when you have done an activity that while doing it you were completely lost to everything but what you were doing?  When you were done, do you remember that happy feeling of pride as you looked at your accomplishment?  That is flow.

3.  Happy people are in touch with what they feel grateful for.  That is one of the biggest areas that can enhance one’s happiness.  Counting our blessings is not just a hokey thing your mom might have told you to do.  It is a verifiable fact that an honest sense of gratitude is responsible for that warm happy feeling that has the potential to light up your life.  Gratitude amplifies your sense of happiness.  They have an attitude of gratitude.

4.  Happy people forgive easily.  There is nothing that can trap a person in unhappiness longer than not forgiving.  Whether it is yourself or another person, forgiveness is meant more for the person who is forgiving than the person being forgiven.

5.  Happy people give more.  They give more of themselves and their belongings.  Once again, just like forgiveness, the person who is giving is more blessed than than the one who is receiving.

Happy people have unhappy moments just like anyone else.  They lose people to death, they lose money, bad things happen to them just like other people.  Happy people seem to have a reset mechanism that in spite of their unhappy moments they can reset to being happy.  Happy people don’t seem to hold on to their unhappy moments. They natural gravitate to the remembrance of a happier moment.

I don’t believe that happiness is hereditary.  I believe it is a learned response to life.  You can choose to look at the good things or the bad.  You can choose to dwell on your happy moments or the dark and twisted ones.  That is your choice.  But, your pursuit of happiness will be protected by the constitution, so I say…pursue it with happiness in your heart!

Leave me a comment about why you are happy!

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