Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Happiness is when what you
think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” Today
I want to honor and discuss seven ways I’ve changed my
thinking that has undoubtedly made me a happier person.
1. Feeling privileged and satisfied to be alive.
A beautiful day begins with a beautiful mindset. When you wake up, take a second
to think about what a privilege it is to simply be alive and healthy. Breathe onto the
bathroom mirror, just to see how amazing your breath looks. The moment you start
acting like life is a blessing, I assure you it will start to feel like one.
Time spent living is time worth appreciating. You are able to see the
sunrise and the sunset. You are able to hear birds sing and waves
crash. When you make the most out of what you have it turns out
being a lot more than you ever imagined.
You have to believe that hope is stronger than fear. That imagination is more influential than
public opinion. That dreams are more powerful than today‟s reality. That determination always
triumphs over experience. That laughter is the best cure for grief. And above all, you have to
believe that love is stronger than any negative force in the world.
2. Believing in the possibility of a better tomorrow.
If the thoughts running through your mind are pure,
positive and empowering, you will create positive and
empowering beliefs about yourself and about life.
Every step and experience is what makes you the person you are now. Without
this experience, you are an empty page, a blank journal, an unsung lyric. What
makes you ALIVE is your willingness to live through today’s challenges and then
hold your head up high tomorrow with hope and tenacity.
3. Knowing deep down that every step is worth it.
Stop when you must, take a deep breath and say to
yourself, “I am living through this and I am still OK.
I can take the next thing that comes my way.”
Make a pact with yourself and do the thing you once thought you couldn’t do.
Take another step, even when you feel too worn out or tired.
Find a reason to laugh, even when you’re trying not to cry.
Trust yourself, even when your mind second-guesses your heart.
Dance, even when others refuse to hear the music.
Dream, even if you’re afraid of what they might bring.
Open the door of opportunity in front of you, even when you have no idea what’s behind it.
Subtract the obvious so you can see the meaningful. See yourself sitting
right where you are, breathing, moving your limbs, and appreciating this
chance to experience this moment. If a child of two can see the beauty in
it, why can’t you?
4. Appreciating the beauty in all the small things.
Rediscover the sensitivity of your childhood eyes. The
eyes that saw life as it is –That saw beauty in flowers
and rainbows and wild animals. That marveled at fireflies
and sunsets and starry nights. That let you dream every
instant with your eyes wide open.
Don‟t compare yourself to anyone else. If you somehow feel „better‟ than someone, it gives
you an unhealthy sense of superiority. If you feel „worse‟ than someone you‟re comparing
yourself to, you usually discredit all of the important progress you‟ve made. If you feel
called to compare yourself to someone, compare yourself to an earlier version of yourself.
5. Feeling good enough.
Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Know
that you are good enough, smart enough, beautiful enough,
and strong enough. Your self-worth is a reflection of
who YOU are and how YOU choose to live.
6. Consciously detaching and living in the present.
You know what love is. You know what grief is. You know what fear is. And only
when you know these things can you say, “I‟m OK. I have experienced this. I know
what this emotion feels like, and now I need to detach from this emotion and move
on with my life.”
Accept that everything is changing. Each moment of
your life is unlike any other. To live each one to the
fullest, you must learn to be in the moment, fully, and
then step out of it. This is detachment.
So many people live within the confines of unhappy situations and yet refuse to take the
initiative to change their circumstances. All of your personal growth and much of your joy
in life will come from your encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater
commitment than to embrace an endlessly changing horizon.
7. Embracing change.
You have to open yourself to trying new things, especially
those that you may previously never have thought of doing,
or had been too hesitant to attempt. This is how you open
doors of opportunity for positive growth.
Thank You Very Much