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Top 10 Secrets for Being HAPPY!
One of my favorite songs is Bobby McFerrins
refrain, "Dont Worry, Be Happy". I recently had the opportunity to
observe peoples reactions when a highway was closed because of an accident ahead.
As we waited, I watched as some listened to radios, a few began tossing a Frisbee,
others seemed to be working or reading, and some opted for a quick nap. But,
there were also a handful who were clearly agitated and angry. Pacing about,
swearing, and upset, they decided that the best response to this event, which none of us
could control, was to be very unhappy. I was reminded of Abraham Lincolns
comment that, "Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to
be." The following are my Top 10 Tips to increase happiness in your life:
2. Watch and Read less news. As a
recovering news addict, I know this can be difficult because the stock market fluctuates,
politicians politic, and sports teams compete. But, most of the time, you dont
need the stress. So, just dont watch. I think it was Henry Thoreau who
noted that if youve ever read about a train wreck, you understand the principle and
dont need to know any more about it.
3. Practice the Attitude of Gratitude. We all have so much to be grateful for. Just thanking the many people who assist us, encourage us, teach us and open doors for us could take all day!
4. Take Time. My dog has taught me
much about loyalty, about noticing the sights, sounds, and smells in the yard, about being
relaxed and about play. Eat when youre hungry, nap when you need it. Get
your ears scratched whenever possible!
5. Laugh everyday. Hear a joke,
tell a joke, laugh at yourself, laugh with your friends and family and co-workers.
There are very few medicines as powerful as laughter, and I dont think you can
over-dose, although it is addicting!
6. Love well. Express your
affection, appreciation, friendship and warmth to those around you, and they will almost
always respond in the most amazing ways! Be generous
it pays great dividends!
7. Work hard. This one comes as a
bit of a surprise, but there is tremendous satisfaction in being competent, and joy in
completing our assigned tasks. One of the great sources of happiness is to do work
that is worthy of you, and to do it well.
8. Learn something new, everyday. To be happy, most of us must also be growing, expanding, learning and challenging
ourselves. Read, listen, adapt and stretch to accommodate new ideas and new
9. Use your body as it was designed.
Walk and run, stretch, throw things, and lift things. Dance! Exercise
is good, but so is making love, mixing up a batch of cookies, or exchanging backrubs. You have a body and it can be either a source of joy, or a source of aches and
pains. Your choice.
10: Avoid toxins. I prefer writing positives (things to do) rather than negatives (things to fear), but reality says there are negative people and there are bad chemicals, stressful noises, and unsafe places. Dont go there! Avoid poisons whenever possible. It seems to work out better that way.
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