Happiness is Staying Positive
Find a place inside where there is joy, joy will burn out the pain
~ Joseph Campbell
It sounds so simple doesn’t it, just stay positive. How many times in your life, when things are going terribly wrong have people said to you, just keep your head up. I always try and be honest with you my friends, there are no pat, easy solutions in life, being happy takes effort. That work is more easily done when things are good so that is when we need to start.
So tonight I’m offering up some small suggestions and the first is to smile. We all need to smile more because not only does it keep us positive but it makes other people feel good about us, they smile back and we get a nice positive feedback loop.
My second suggestion is for all of us to laugh more. I recently read a statistic that said children laugh hundreds of times a day, adults less than a hundred times a day. The statistic is likely totally unreliable as it makes for a good social media meme. I think the real point is that we know there are tremendous benefits to our mood and possibly even our health from laughing. So we need to laugh more, whether that means watching a comedy clip or pushing a button on a toy Big Lebowski key chain, we need to find ways to laugh more. I’ll go one step further and as you to laugh when you want to get angry or frustrated. I’m working on this myself right now, it was very forced at first but the act of laughing at those moments seems to give me a little more perspective and help me find the true humor in most situations. I’m not good at it yet, but I’m working on it.
Finally, try to be more grateful, it’s not that hard, just stop for a minute each day and be thankful for the things you have, especially at those times when you’re upset about the things you don’t have.