Happiness is as happiness does
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Happiness Is as Happiness Does by Mary Jane Popp
Are you happy? I bet it’s a question that has crossed your mind a time or two. But do we really know what happiness is?
Todd Patkin took a stab at it. A businessman and philanthropist, he kicked anxiety and depression but does admit that everyone’s path is different, but he believes the real key for all of us is self-love.
When we can stop beating ourselves up over mistakes and start celebrating all the things we do right, we can finally be happy. He’s come up with some simple steps for us to be happy in “Finding Happiness.”
Here are the top ten.
1) If you don’t exercise, start.
You already know exercise keeps you healthy. But did you know it’s also a natural antidepressant?
2) Be easier on yourself.
You know like I’m too fat etc? There’s nothing wrong with self-improvement, but it needs to come from a place of love.
3) Find some way to put your gifts and talents to work.
Talent wants to express itself. If your job doesn’t allow it to do so, find something that does. Playing to your strengths brings real happiness.
4) Build richer relationships with loved ones.
Is your marriage running on autopilot? What about your relationship with your kids? Do you come home from work and just sit in front of a computer or TV and never engage with your family in a meaningful way?
5) Celebrate your spouse.
If you’re mired in negativity with bickering and tension, you’ll never be happy. But ending the relationship is a last resort. The good news is that it may not take a lot of effort to dramatically change the tenor of your marriage.
6) Let the people you appreciate know it.
Of course you need to let your close friends and family know how you feel about them. That’s a given. But what about your coworkers…your barber…your child’s teacher? Even the neighbor who keeps an eye on your house when you are away?
7) Forgive someone who has wronged you.
This is the other side of the “forgive yourself” coin. Just as you deserve a break, so do other people. Forgiveness is an act of love. If you can’t let go of pain and anger, you can’t be happy.
8) Become a giver. Happiness is not about how much you make; it’s about how much you share.
Your income and/or net worth has nothing to do with happiness. You should find a way to share your fortune (not necessarily the monetary kind) with others.
9) Take a “baby step” toward finding some faith.
Think a little more about your faith. Check out a few spots and read a couple of spiritual books. Happy people have a connection to a higher power.
10) Make this year one of gratitude.
If you only make one change this year, make it this one. Work to be more appreciative in general. Did you know that, for the most part, becoming more grateful just means opening your eyes to the blessings you already have.
There you have it. It’s not rocket science, but according to Patkin, it is ironic. He says, “The tragedy is we’re sleepwalking through life without really noticing the truth.
If we could learn to live with an attitude of gratitude, for our kids, our homes, our friends, our health, the food on our tables…we wouldn’t need worry about finding happiness. We’d be living it every day.
Check it out “Finding Happiness” One man’s quest to beat anxiety and depression and finally let the sunshine in.
You can also check out his website at www.FindingHappinessBook.com.
Let life shine for you today!
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