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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Ignite the Power Within Step 2: 7 Practical Tips to Increase Your Happiness

Everyone wants to be happy. They've made movies and written songs about being happy. Many people say "I'll be happy when...." When the kids get bigger. When I get a new house. When I retire. When I go on vacation. When I get married. You fill in the blank. There are two problems with this type of thinking.
1)  the when is not in the foreseeable future
2) when we finally receive whatever it was we were waiting for, it doesn't really make us as happy as we thought it would

What about being happy in the meantime? What about being happy today?

As someone who has gone through many turbulent and distressing times, I was determined to be happy despite my difficult circumstances so I gave this concept quite a bit of thought. What does it take for me to be truly happy? Does happiness depend on my circumstances? How I feel on any given day? What's going on in the world around me? How others are treating me? The answer is no - it does not. I can be happy despite all of these things.


actually when u cant see the worth of this moment then ur life becomes miserable:

What I realized is this: the key to being happy is more a state of mind than it is a set of circumstances or a feeling. It means not letting negative thoughts steal my happiness. We can always find something to worry about, to fear, to fret over. There will always be another goal, another project, another whatever to accomplish. Enjoy the journey.

Happiness comes from enjoying the present moment, seizing the day, and living life to its fullest. It means being open to whatever presents itself, good or bad, and responding in a loving and compassionate way to myself and others. I don't have to have everything go my way. I don't have to have excitement, thrills, expensive baubles or a date on saturday night to make me happy. Ok, an occasional date would be nice, but anyway. I don't have to be constantly pushing myself to achieve the next milestone.  As Dale Carnegie once said, "When life hands you lemons, make lemonade." Abraham Lincoln said "People are about as happy as they make up their minds to be."

The problem is being happy isn't something that comes naturally. The tendency of the human mind is to keep seeking, desiring, wanting something more, or wanting things to be different from what they are.  In Buddhist philosophy, this is known as attachment and craving. In Christianity, Jesus exhorted the rich man to sell all he had and follow Him. He understood the lure and lunacy of attachment.

So how do we alter our thinking so we can be more content? It's a process that  starts with retraining our minds. As the Apostle Paul said "I have learned to be content." (Phil. 4:11). Notice the use of the word "learn". We learn to be happy. It is not something that comes naturally to us. The good news is Paul did it. Jesus did it. Buddha did it. Gandhi did it. And so can we.

Today, I'm sharing 7 tips to help you ignite the power within and use it to transform your life and find more happiness and contentment!

1)  Be more aware of our negative thoughts
2)  Practice gratitude.
3) Appreciate my gifts and who I am as a unique creation
4) Lower my expectations of others and myself
5) Look at the big picture
6) Let go of yesterday
7) Bask in the beauty and love in and around me

Being content is a state of mind and a choice we make day by day, moment by moment. It's an acceptance of what is. When I start to feel frustrated or pressured, I catch myself. "This is not worth stressing about. How can I look at this person/situation with compassion?". We don't have to let the ups and downs of daily life throw us into a tizzy every time. We learn that things will take longer than we'd like, won't go as smooth as we'd like, be more complicated than we'd like. When we change our expectations, our frustration level goes way down.  

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Till the next time when we talk more about igniting the power within and transforming your life!

Enjoy your day and keep looking up!

Ariel