Archive for March, 2009

The world is a mess.  The economy hasn’t yet bottomed out.  People are losing jobs, or having hours, benefits and salaries cut. We’re stressed out, overwhelmed, and told it’s just going to get worse before it gets better.  It’s bad news after bad news.  So how can you be happy?

Happiness is a choice.  That’s right, you can choose whether or not you want to be happy despite what’s going on around you.  Some steps you can take to make that choice:

* Practice gratitude.  Whether you are feeling truly grateful or not, practicing gratitude will lift your spirits. Keep a gratitude journal where you list five things you are grateful for each day.  Start each day by mentally listing all the things you are grateful for, even if it’s just that you’ve awakened in a comfortable bed [and if you haven’t…it’s time for a new mattress 😉 ]  or that the sun is shining.

* Practice saying “thank you” to people in your life.  Call a teacher that made a difference in your life.  Let a friend know how much they mean to you. Acknowledge your spouse for all the ways you appreciate who they are and what they do for you.

* Plug into the universe.  Everyone will do this in their own way.  For some it’s relationship to God, for others relationship to nature. Music and dancing is the connection point for some, meditation and prayer for others, while a hike in the woods with all senses working is what works for others.  Find your connection. When you feel connected to spirit, to nature, to every live being in the world, it will change your perspective about the daily challenges we each face.

* Practice compassion.  We often judge people based on the stories we make up about why they are behaving in a certain way.  It’s possible that that “terrible waitress” has a sick child at home and could use a little compassion.

* Unplug from your negative thoughts and counter-productive beliefs.  Just because you have a thought or belief doesn’t mean it’s true or real!

You can choose happiness; the choice is yours.


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I seem to be on a Happy streak…and that’s a great thing.  My friend and colleague Marci Shimoff’s book, Happy for No Reason, is out in paperback.  To celebrate that, she’s created a happy video that I share with you now.  Watching it will make you smile!

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The YouTube video of the T-Mobile publicity dance has been making it’s way around the globe.

And there’s some controversy around the fact that it was completely staged (even the bystanders) in a train station that was closed to the public.

I say “who cares!”  The fact remains that when I watched this video, the first time and times after, it brought a smile to my face and I wanted to get up and dance myself.  Does it really matter whether or not this was real or staged?  If something can make you smile or laugh, does it need to be spontaneous, or can it be something that’s arranged or staged?

And if it can be arranged or staged…what do you need to arrange to make you smile?

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