Abraham Lincoln stated, "Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." How happy will you make up your mind to be? What will you do to create happiness? The following tips will set the stage to create happiness.
• Decide to be happy-first and foremost: As Lincoln stated, most people, most of the time; choose how stressed, happy, or relaxed they want to be. Choose to be happy, stress free and relaxed.
• Listen to or Read less news: Journalism today no longer reports the facts - it is the hype and spin the power brokers want the masses to believe. The media reports sensationalized news - stock market fluctuations, politicians' propaganda, and sports competition. Henry Thoreau once noted that if you read about a train wreck, you understand the principle and do not need to know any of the details.
• Practice Gratitude: Thank yourself, others and your Higher Source for everything in your life - positive, negative or neutral. Everything simply, 'IS.' The ego mind puts a judgment spin on everything.
• Manage Time Well: Manage your time for rest, relaxation, activities, work and naps.
• Laugh Easily and Often: Laugh at yourself, your foibles, the ironies and paradoxes in life. Laugh with your family, friends and co-workers. Laughter is the best medicine - Norman Cousins. The good news is there is no such thing as too much laughter. Although, laughter can be infectious.
• Love with Passion, Purpose and Intent: Express your affection, appreciation, warmth and caring to those with whom you come in contact as well as those you have a relationship with. Be generous - it pays great dividends.
• Work Diligently: Working diligently might seem like an oxymoron, however, you can create tremendous satisfaction in your competence, and joy in completing a task. One of the greatest sources of happiness is to do the work that is worthy of you, and do it well.
• Learn Something Each Day: Learning something new each day means that you are growing,
expanding and challenging yourself to be more of who you truly are. Read, research, adapt and stretch to accommodate new ideas, new technology and trends.
• Stay fit and healthy: Manage a healthy food plan, walk, run, stretch, dance, and challenge your endurance. Daily exercise is good. You have a body and it can be a source of joy or a source of aches and pains. Your choice. Choose well.
• Avoid Toxic Energy: Speak in positive terms, rather than negative (fear, anger, resentment [Stop taking poison and expect other people to die] frustration, wishing, judging and lamenting). Keep people who thrive on negativity, judgment, lamenting at arms length or out of your life.