Secrets to Happiness and Living the Dream

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Secrets to Happiness begin with the realization that Happiness means different things to diverse people. What makes one person happy, may make another sad, and another indifferent. Here’s the Happiness Place Song of the Day: Lovely Day by Bill Withers!

Take a moment to smile!

  • good times
  • time with friends
  • getting your first car/new car
  • a special date with a special someone
  • cool life experiences

Make the corners of your face move upward if you have to. Then think for a moment, What makes you smile? Is it cat videos? Does watching funny movies make you smile? Is it romantic comedies that makes you happy inside? Are happy times with family and friends what makes you smile? Or, is there something else that brings a happy feeling to you? Does ice cream make you smile? How about shaved ice cones on a hot day on a beach on a tropical island?

What are things that you can begin today that will make you happy today?

What can you do right now, that will make today better for you? Count your blessings. Seriously, what good things are happening to you, or happening around you today? Are there friends, associates, opportunities, that you can utilize to achieve worthwhile goals for today? Even a good nap, sometimes alleviates pain. Going for a brisk walk, can help to clear the cobwebs from one’s mind. A simple snack, a funny cartoon, sometimes can lighten the mood.

What are things that you can plan for today that you can continue to enjoy tomorrow?

Success comes in a plan. Sometimes you need to set goals:

  1. Short term:    From now to 3 months from now
  2. Mid term:        From 3 to 6 months from today
  3. Long term:     From 1 year into the future

Begin working on the brighter future of your own design, and your own imagination.

The secret to Happiness is inside you. You need to flesh it out. What will make you happy? Put pen to paper and chart your course. Choose, decide, and plan. Start today, and you’ll be living the dreams, you choose, and that you want.

 

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Sometimes Happiness Is Managing Sadness that you feel…

 

Sometimes Happiness is managing sadness that you feel from a loss in your life. Some people suffered the loss of a loved one. Others manage sadness from a marriage breakup. Often families are separated when that happens. One person mentioned that when families break up, all the friends get divided like cell mitosis, becoming his, the husband’s, friends, or her, the wife’s friends, from then on.

Some mourn the loss of a job, or maybe even a career. Business people sometimes are voted out of companies that they founded, or helped to build. (Think Steve Jobs, when he was voted out of Apple)

The older a worker gets, the more they know, the better they get. But also the slower they get, and the more they need to sit down after strenuous effort.

But Happiness is the opposite of Sadness, and mourning. Does it mean that you don’t feel sad frequently, when you think of the person, relationship, career, job, youth, that you may have lost? You may feel some kind of way about these losses. And, that is normal. But, remember the good times, more than the sad. Remember the Sunshine more than the Rain. Remember like the Frankie Beverly song: “Joy and Pain is like Sunshine and Rain”.

We are often told by health professionals to create a “Gratitude Journal”. Begin to write about what we are thankful for. Write about what we are happy about. Take care of yourself during these times. Be aware of how you are feeling and take control of your emotions. Life can get better. You will get through this. You are not alone.

Turn the page on this sad chapter of your life. Move on to a brighter future. There may be a change of attitude you need to make. New clothes that represent the new you, and your new life. Remember you can buy clothes at thrift stores that are name brand, and classicly styled. And, you look fabulous! New people, new job, new career,… Anything’s possible if you believe.

Can you taste Happiness? Tastefully, yes!

Food is an important part of our lives. We eat to survive. Some eat to thrive. Some taste to feel more alive. Are there foods that are your favorites? What is it about those foods that are special to you? Is it how you feel as you eat them? Is it the taste of the food as it is eaten, or the happiness you feel after the delight has been consumed?

Let’s talk about coffee. Who loves coffee, like I do. The aroma as it is being brewed, brings comfort to a home. The taste is stimulating, the flavor is full. There are a wide variety of coffees, that originate from various diverse locales all around the world. How does coffee make you feel? Energized? Elevated? Stressed? Wait. How many cups have you had? This New York Times article, discusses the health benefits of coffee, and is a stimulating read: https://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/12/upshot/more-consensus-on-coffees-benefits-than-you-might-think.html?_r=0

As one gets older, some favorite foods may become less easy for the body to digest. As we move away from some comfort foods we can replace with others that taste better, and are better for you. Who doesn’t love shrimp? Here is a link for dishes that are made from shrimp. https://t.co/4lPR1sQBcK

Ice cream is a favorite food that brings happiness. What is your favorite flavor? Donuts are an all-time favorite, but they tend to put the pounds on, which may bring unhappiness later. On the other hand, chocolate tastes great, and is less filling, adding myriad health benefits. http://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/chocolate/evidence/hrb-20058898

Chocolate is said to release endorphins in the brain making one feel better. Dark Chocolate help to lower blood pressure under certain conditions. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-is-dark-chocolate-good-for-you-thank-your-microbes/

Orange juice gives a morning boost and has potassium that helps start the day. http://www.belmarrahealth.com/10-health-benefits-of-drinking-orange-juice/What is a food fave for you?  Post it on this blog with your comments. Cheers!