Remember, Happiness Is a Choice!
It is all too easy to blame others for our lack of happiness. You have a choice to hang on or let go of situations. You have a choice to pout or smile. You can take care of your body or you can stress your body. You can spend time with people that love and are kind to you or you can spend time with people that hurt or drain you. The bottom line is YOU are in control of your own happiness!
Say Goodbye to Negativity…
Reflect on who you are surrounded by… how do these people make you feel? Do they bring happiness and support to your life? It may be time to say goodbye to the energy zappers, complainers and negative non-supporters. Or it is time to create a more positive relationship whether it is a friend, family member or coworker. Minimizing negative energy in your environment is a necessary prerequisite to overcome negative thinking!
Say Hello to Positivity…
Saying goodbye to negativity opens up room for the people that bring out the best in you. Make time for friends that support, encourage and motivate you! If you do not have people like this in your immediate circle of friends, consider joining a group with shared interests. Examples include recreational classes, mom’s group, non-profit organization, book clubs, etc. You will create a loop of positive support!
Always Express Gratitude
Focus on what you have instead of what you do not have. Happiness is challenging if we do not practice gratitude. What are you thankful for? Make a list of everything wonderful and positive in your life.
Forgive and Let Go
Forgiveness makes room for love. Remember that forgiveness does not mean that what happened was okay. Forgiveness means that you are able to move forward without the weight of the situation on you. Burn a letter, talk to a friend, create something new… Whatever you do, take a breath, exhale it out and let go.
Do something everyday to practice optimism. Smile. Laugh. Choose to see the best in people. Say three positives for every negative (especially when it is about you!). Read an inspirational blog or quotes.