Think of someone you know who has a happy disposition. Write down how you feel when you’re around them. Now think of someone you know who is constantly negative & write down how they make you feel. Who do you want to be? How do you want people to feel when they are around you?
We all know people who are generally happy despite their circumstances. We also know people who find ways to complain on the best of days. We’ve probably all had times in our life when we’ve been on both ends of this spectrum, but the point is: we get to choose.
If you find yourself on the negative end, you can make a choice to tip the scale, but you have to be conscious about it. The best way to do this is to keep a GRATITUDE journal. Begin & end your day by focusing on what you’re grateful for.
*Bonus Reading Assignment: One of the best talks on happiness I have ever read is called “Happiness, Your Heritage” by Dieter F. Uchtdorf. You can find it HERE.
“Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.” – James Barrie, the author of Peter Pan
“I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.” – Martha Washington
“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“I wake up every morning with a great desire to live joyfully.” – Anna Howard Shaw
“Perseverance in making correct decisions is what leads us to happiness. Happiness comes as a result of our obedience & our courage in always doing the will of God, even in the most difficult circumstances…life is good if we live in such a way to make it so. Believing, desiring, deciding, & choosing correctly are the simple actions that define an increase in happiness & an increase in the inner assurance that transcends this life.”- Benjamin de Hoyos