July 1, 2003.
Happiness is a direction, not a place.
Sydney J. Harris
Have you ever noticed how some people working in the same office can be happy as a lark while others seem in a perpetual bad mood? Even though they work in the same office and have very similar jobs, their attitudes do not remotely resemble each other.
And I bet you have known some people with all sorts of money and material possessions that are about as unhappy as they can possibly be. Yet Im sure youve met other people who barely had two nickels to rub together but seem to love just about everything about life and living.
Sometimes the people you think should be happy are sad and then there are those you couldnt blame for being sad that are happy. Whats going on here?
Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
There's no doubt about it; happiness is a choice, a direction and a way of living. Unfortunately, so is being unhappy. Watch closely and you'll find that the happy group constantly exhibits a positive attitude, embracing each day for what it truly is a beautiful gift from God. They love life, consistently squeezing as much fun and fulfillment as they can from each and every day. Their optimistic outlook keeps them charging ahead, setting the table for their ongoing success.
On the other hand, the unhappy campers view each day as just another dose of the same old stuff. Although they would like to join the happy crowd, its just too much work as far as they are concerned. So why bother? Instead, they just keep trudging along, ho-humming their way through a hum-drum life. Yawn. Zzzzzzzzzzzz.
He who enjoys doing and enjoys what he has done is happy.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
In order to be truly happy, you must first make absolutely sure that youre following your heart. And that means doing whatever it is that brings out your very best. If youre not presently loving the life you live and living the life that you love, its a sure fire bet that you are not passionately pursuing your dreams. And pursue them you must if a lifetime of happiness is your goal.
Let's face it, when you enjoy what youre doing, you can barely wait to jump out of bed in the morning. By the same token, when you're doing those things you have to do instead of the things you love to do, getting out of bed can become a monumental task for sure.
By staying fired up and ready to rumble, each morning brings with it a new opportunity to do your best a golden chance to make a difference. And it is seizing that chance to live life on your terms that can usher untold happiness into your life.
True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.
Antoine De Saint-Exupery
Joseph Addison once said, Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. When you start doing those things you were born to do, putting your immense talents and gifts to work, youll experience a sense of joy that simply cannot be expressed in words. Youll indeed have something to do, something to love and something to hope for.
Why in the world would you ever elect to cart around a doom and gloom disposition when you can choose to follow your heart and be happy instead? As Oprah Winfrey says, The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate. Why not celebrate your life by choosing the path of happiness, constantly seeking the very best from life?
Since you get to do the choosing, be sure you choose a lifetime of happiness for you and your loved ones.
The Bottom Line: A happy ending starts with a happy beginning and can there ever be a better time to begin than right now?
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