With the arrival of Spring, there is a feeling of renewal and restoration in the air! The leaves are returning to the trees and flowers are blooming every where we look. In that spirit, we decided to take our cue from Mother Nature with today’s post, 4 Tips on How to Be Happy:
- Don’t Dwell: While earnest thought and attention should be given to serious matters, dwelling on the matter at hand does not move our mind-state from one of problem to one of solution. In fact, dwelling on the unsavory aspects of any situation usually keep us in a perpetual state of inaction and unhappiness.
- Acceptance: Perhaps something happened recently that was completely out of our control and now we are left feeling powerless and uncertain. Being able to muster the strength to accept any unfortunate circumstance that has come our way, gives us the ability to take our power back; through acceptance, we find the power to move into action.
- Laugh Often: When we arrive at an impasse, laughter is usually the first to fall to the wayside. We may feel that we don’t have time to waste on such frivolity, or perhaps that we aren’t worthy of such a luxury during emotional upheaval or change. Yet laughter may be the very thing that keeps us afloat when we have exhausted our other coping tools. Even during the most trying of predicaments, a hearty belly laugh reminds us that this too shall pass and no feeling is permanent.
- Give it Away: When life gets rough, we may wonder what can we offer another person. Truth be told, some of the happiest people on earth are those that look for an opportunity to extend a hand, an ear, a shoulder, a dollar, or their time to someone else. Sharing our time, experience, strength, and hope with someone else can give purpose and meaning to our lives. And in turn bring a spirit of gratitude and gladness into all we do.
Margaret B. Runbeck said it best: “Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.” Here’s to happy travels!