How I Changed my Happiness
It's been 2.5 weeks since I've decided to be happy.
To be fair, I wasn't necessarily unhappy before then. But I think you know how I was feeling... kinda bogged down by life stress. If someone asked if I was happy I'd say, "yea!" in a very high pitched tone.
And now? Life feels just a little bit lighter.
One thing happened 2.5 weeks ago that caused this shift: I was listening to a podcast (again) and I heard something that instantly changed my mind. It was this:
I am as happy as I choose to be.
I am as disciplined as I choose to be.
I am productive as I choose to be.
God has given me the power of choice.
Who am I blaming for my stress?
I have a choice.
Have you ever really thought about the fact that you can CHOOSE to be happy? I don't think that means you're smiling all the time or that you can't be sad or stressed. To me it means you can step out of those other emotions and see them for what they are - part of life. However, they are not WHO you are. I am currently sad or tired or stressed, but I have the choice to smile at someone or pay someone a compliment, or send a friend a note which makes me happy.
The one other thing that's changed in the last six weeks is that I started praying on my knees as soon as I wake up and right before I go to sleep. They are very weak prayers (lots of rambling) consisting mostly of "thank you" and "please" and sometimes it's only 15 seconds. I think that even that tiny bit of forced gratitude every day has made an impact. It's nearly impossible to get down on your knees, close your eyes, bow your head, and not think about how lucky you are. I dare you to try it for 30 days straight and tell me if it hasn't had a positive impact on your life.
Who are you blaming for your unhappiness, your stress, your exhaustion, your anxiety, your lack of productivity or discipline in achieving your goals?
I was definitely playing the blame game without realizing it and I bet you are too. It's not your boss, spouse, kid, friend, neighbor, or roommate's problem. It's your choice how you deal with what happens in your life.
Every thing you want in life is within your grasp if only you decide you want it and then ask God for help.