What does it mean to be happy? Do you need to have everything going your way in order to be happy? Do you need to have all your bills paid, a great job, wonderful family, perfect health and live in the home of your dreams?
Can you be happy when your life is not the way you want it? You are unemployed, sick and your family life is in a mess. You feel depressed and no matter what you do, your life doesn’t seem to work out.
Can you be happy in both situations? Yes, I think you can, if you understand the power of being happy is totally in your control.
Happiness is a state of mind. It is not dependent on what happens to you but on how you interpret what is going on in your life. For example,
For example, consider the following scenarios;
1) You lose your job – you can be depressed from being unemployed. Or you can be glad that you did have a job at one time and feel confident you can find another one in time. If you focus on the latter you can be happy through unemployed.
2) You are not in good health – you can be sad because you hurt or be thankful that you don’t hurt more. Someone is always in worse shape than you are so you focus on the things that are not wrong with your health but what is right.
3) You are not close to your family and loved ones – this is a very hard position to be in because you could find yourself sad from missing them. If you focus on whatever good times you have had with your family and try very hard to reflect on the good it can change your perspective.
4) You are alone in this life – people were made to connect with each other and when you are forced to spend time alone it can be hard to deal with. There is a big difference between being alone and being lonely. It is possible to be alone and still be happy. Think about the good things you have in your life instead of how hard it is being alone.
As we look at a new year let us resolve to be happy. Rejoice over all the good things in your life and spend less time looking at what you don’t have and can’t control.
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