When I was young and naive, I actually thought that if you chose the right people to be in your life, then they could make you happy.
But as time passes, you come to realize that no one can make you happy.
It’s a nice thought. Like finding gold at the end of a rainbow. But that’s really all it is: a thought.
Happiness is an emotion. Often it is based on people, places or things and is triggered externally.
Joy is an attitude and more internal. Joy is more of a choice.
Contentment is a longer lasting feeling of happiness. It is feeling gratitude for what you have and finding satisfaction in your life.
Sometimes people think that having more money will make them happier. Money up to a point certainly helps you feel more secure. Maybe less stressed. But studies show that people who win the lottery are no more happy than anyone else.
If you look at the glass as half full, you will be happier than if you see it as half empty. And that is because of your attitude about life in general.
Attitude is everything.
1. Think positively. When negative thoughts creep in, stop the thought and rewind. Turn your thoughts to positive things in your life.
2. Smile, even if you don’t feel like smiling. You will find that people you pass on the street will smile back. It becomes a cycle.
3. Go out into nature. Watch and listen. Push all thoughts away and just enjoy what you are experiencing.
4. Think about the things you are grateful for. Gratitude is a wonderful attitude adjuster.
5. Do something creative. Paint something or plant something in the garden. Be proud of your accomplishment no matter how small it is.
The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things. – Henry Ward Beecher