October 24, 2013

Come On Get Happy

I consider myself a pretty happy person.

99% of the time I can find the silver lining, look at the glass half full [with more margarita coming] and I'm usually always smiling. If that annoys you, sorry I'm not sorry, it's just my nature and my personality.

Last week I stumbled across an awesome article that I want to share with ya'll today. It was actually written back in September but eh, whatever. Whether you read the rest of my post or not, read 12 Things Happy People Do Differently. I promise it is worth the few minutes of reading.

Go ahead and read it, I'll wait right here.....

Okay, what did you think?

Were you inspired?

Did you find yourself going, Oh snap that's me?
Or oh hey, I already do that YAY!?

I'm happy to admit that after reading the article I felt I could give myself a nice pat on the back. Not that I'm trying to brag, but my most of the points are things I try to do in everyday life. Sometimes life gets me down and I grumble and complain and yes sometimes even freak out. But, I try really hard to realize that usually it's not that bad and a lot of people have life a lot worse off than I do. I find it a lot EASIER to be happy then to be gracey grumbles a lot. And I'm a lot easier to be around too ;)

There were three that really made me sit back and look at how I approach life though. I'm good at being happy and staying happy, but I'm not the best at the following:

#7 - Learn to forgive: Jesus said turn the other cheek and while I try to practice this lesson, I often have a hard time forgiving because I think in some cases it's being weak. I know forgiveness isn't weak, but it's hard to forgive someone multiple times, especially after they've hurt me or my friends. I've been told many times recently that I need to learn to give people another chance, which is very different from the girl I used to be in college. By learning to forgive more I'll harbor less distaste in my heart and will probably find more peace and happiness.

#8 - Increase flow: I've become better at putting the phone and the computer down, but I need to learn to just live in the moment more. When cool things are going on I don't need to whip out my phone to tweet, snap a picture for my blog or to text to friends, I can just enjoy the moment. Whether it's just being with my husband, family, friends or involved in a task or good book, I need to work on enjoying the moment at hand instead of looking forward or back.

#10 - Commit to your goals: This has been an issue all my life. I'll make goals, try em out for a bit and then let them fall by the wayside. My goal to get my dream job....all talk, no action. Weight/body goals....talked myself out of them. I'm a goal setter and then a didn't reach my goal justifier. I need to find a way to set more attainable goals and actually follow through with them. It's amazing the satisfaction one receives from accomplishing a set goal, no matter how big or small. This is going to take work, but I think I can handle it.

So friends, let's make a pact. Let's try to use these lessons/thoughts to live a happier life. One where the sun shines despite the rain and one where we look after each other.

Let's all get HAPPY!!!!!!!

My favorite reason to smile


Nikki said...

I LOVE this! Thanks for sharing!

Jamie said...

Those pictures are awesome. I literally broke out a smile when I saw the first one. Thank you.

Jenn said...

You already know that I loved the article--I think we can all learn to do better, even if we're already doing these things. Life can get at you, but being able to redirect the focus and energy is key!
Yay happy!! :)

{Jessica} said...

Love those pictures - especially the first one. Who can't smile when seeing that precious grin? Also, I love that article and agree with 100% of it. I definitely have room for improvement, but did see a few things on there that I already do (or try to!) It's inspired me to think about a way that I can pay it forward today...And thinking about it is already making me happier:)

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Alisha said...

Love this article, always a great reminder!

Stephanie @ Life, Unexpectedly said...

It's definitely easier as an optimistic person.. And LOVE the wedding picture, SO lovely!!

Janna Renee said...

You know I love happiness, and "perception is everything". ;)