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Happiness Matters

Consider this:  ‘What makes me happy?  What makes my heart sing and soar?  What puts me on a high flying disc?  How do I create my happiness?'

Yes, every one of us want to be happy.  It is after all the greatest value on earth.  We thrive when we are happy.  We are healthy when we are happy.  We are successful when we are happy. The best happens to and for us when we are happy.  When John Powell said, “Happiness is an inside job”, he was referring to unconditional happiness.  Sure, the conditions and the people around add to one’s happiness, but the source of one’s happiness lies within.  It depends on the choices we make, our attitude and our perspective.   It depends on what we choose to think, and how we choose to feel in every moment.  In every situation we DO have a choice – to be or not to be, to react or to respond, to be right or to be happy.

Take children for example, they are mostly happy, bubbling with positive energy, full of life and enthusiasm.  They run, skip, jump, dance and have fun most of the time.  To be happy is normal and natural for us, like a cork bobbing on water.  It is our resistance that bogs us down, that robs us of our happy state.  If we can practice shifting our attention from the conditions around us that we dislike or the conditions that displease us and pay more attention to the conditions around us that we like, or that which pleases us, then we are practicing unconditional happiness.  In other words, complaining or criticizing less and appreciating more, reminding oneself that the only condition one has any control over is oneself, one’s choices and one’s own happiness.

Spending a little time each day connecting with your Inner Self, expanding your awareness, making a deliberate choice to be happy, paying more attention to what you want and what you like, appreciating who you are, what you have and what you do, making choices and making them right, letting go of expectations of self and others, are sure shot ways of expanding your inner world of happiness.

And then, as Abraham-Hicks says: “Tell everyone you know:  ‘My happiness depends on me, so you’re off the hook.’  And then demonstrate it. Be happy, no matter what they’re doing.  Practice feeling good, no matter what.  And before you know it, you will not give anyone else responsibility for the way you feel – and then, you’ll love them all. The only reason you don’t love them now, is because you’re using them as your excuse to not feel good.”

~ Yolanda Gonsalves

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