Happiness: You Find What You’re Looking For

Abraham Lincoln quote

It is possible to think positively!  To love your life.  Here’s a short list of ideas to help you lead a happier life.

1. Think like an optimist!  Positive thoughts lead to positive action.   Trying to be optimistic doesn’t mean ignoring the difficult, sad or challenging parts of life.  It simply means focusing on the positive as much as possible.  It gets easier with time!  When you’re going through a particularly challenging time in life, consider asking yourself questions like, “how can I grow from this situation?” and “what have I learned?”  and “what am I proud of about the way I handled this crisis/problem?”

2. Live your life guided by gratitude.  Start that gratitude journal or happiness project you’ve been thinking about.  When you keep track of the things/people/reasons you have to be grateful, you will feel happier and have more energy.  A daily gratitude practice is one of the best gifts you can give to yourself!

3.  Pay attention to your inner monologue.  Are you thinking mostly positive thoughts or negative thoughts?  Rewrite the script in your head.  Replace the negative, self-loathing, critical voice with the positive voice of acceptance and love.  You may have had negative thoughts in your head for a long time.  The good news is that research has shown that you can learn to shift your thoughts to the positive and that, over time, you can literally change your brain.

“Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.”  — Mahatma Gandhi

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”  — Oprah

“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”  — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Be fanatically positive and militantly optimistic. If something is not to your liking, change your liking.”  — Rick Steves

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