Every single person on this planet shares the same desire… Happiness!
It is how we imagine our happiness that differs from one person to the next.
So what is the key to happiness?
Today I would like to share three of the things that I have discovered that have brought me the gift of happiness and revolutionized my personality.
1. Appreciate everything and express gratitude.
To live gratefully you simply need to become aware that every single moment is a GIVEN MOMENT. You have not earned it or brought it about in any way, and cannot assure that there will be another moment given to you. That is why KNOWING that each moment is a GIFT is crucial to happiness.
Start each day making a mental list of the blessings in your life. Don’t even get out of bed until you have acknowledged your treasures. This one simple act will change everything about your life.
2. Relying on approval of others leaves you open to abuse.
Chronic approval seeking creates a vibe that lets people know that you are anxious to please them. This often leads to you being manipulated by others. So my advice to you is to start practicing speaking your mind a little more and let the ‘consequences’ sort themselves out.
What you will find is that most of the time, nobody is offended at all- as long as you don’t deliberately set out to hurt them. Remember that if they are offended, it is likely because you’ve started to behave in a way that gives them LESS power over you.
So start today to be your own best friend. This isn’t selfish; it is simply letting people know that you are a diamond with many facets to your character. And that you deserve to be appreciated too.
3. Learn the TRUE meaning of living compassionately.
For me compassion is simply the act of accepting people and their situations exactly as they are. Allow me to illustrate my definition of compassion to you in this way:
If someone is suffering from hunger, then shouldn’t you try to feed them?
If they are thirsty, shouldn’t you offer them a drink?
If someone is in emotional pain, shouldn’t you sit down and listen to their story and then offer them unconditional love and acceptance?
Compassion dictates that you try to assist others during their time of need. You can translate these three examples into almost any situation in life, and realize compassion is proactive, not reactive.
In conclusion, I want to say that life will throw you a few curve balls. You will experience disappointment and death. That is why it is crucial that you begin today to find a place you can build a firm foundation on and construct a beautiful life upon. Practicing compassion will prepare you to live in this world where you never know what will happen next. Acceptance and gratitude will protect you like a magic shield.
These are the keys to HAPPINESS!