The reality is is that often we sit around and we’re like, "I want to be happy, I want to feel happier, I’m just not happy in my life."
Happiness is not something that happens to you. Happiness is something that you generate. You can generate happiness. And with that comes great control over your own happiness.
So this is an exciting topic because often we feel very disempowered and we believe: "well, I’m just not happy. My life is just not going the way that I want, I’m not happy in my marriage, my kids are driving me crazy, I don’t have the job that I want, one day when I reach this point in my life, one day when I have more money in the bank, one day when I graduate from university, one day when my children are older, one day when, one day when, one day when."
Does this sound familiar to you? The reality is that happiness is not going to be something that happens to you. It’s not something in the far off future that’s going to occur. Happiness is something that you can generate for yourself, and the number one predictor of happiness is gratitude.
Gratitude is really just paying attention to the wonderful things that you have in your life and taking the time to be grateful for them.
So, for example, what you could do, and what I challenge you to do this week, is to keep record of three things that you’re grateful for everyday. And they can be as simple as I’m just grateful for the blue sky, or I’m grateful for the way my husband smiled at me, I’m grateful for the laughter my kids bring into my life. I’m grateful for the fact that I can get out of bed in the morning and I have food in my fridge. I’m grateful for very simple things, or you could do it for greater things, but the whole point is to start to focus on the things you have in your life. Because as you do, those things will expand, and you’ll start to pay more attention to that.
That’s how you can generate more happiness in your life, is start a gratitude journal, start a gratitude note thing on your iphone, or wherever you want to do it and just every day, three things that you’re grateful for. That’s your challenge this week. I’d love to hear, as you start to do it how you’re feeling in your life and if it’s making a difference for you. Because I can promise you that the more time that you spend looking at the things that you’re grateful for in your life, and really thinking about them and paying attention to them, the happier that you will feel.
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