10 Steps to Happiness
Smiles are contagious. When you smile, others will smile with you. When you teach yourself the habit of smiling, it will change your entire focus. If you tend to feel depression, simply practice your smile!
What are you grateful for? Too often we tend to concentrate on what we "don't" have rather than what we "do" have. It goes without saying that any time we feel lack in our life, there is always someone who is worse off. Knowing this, how can you start to look at the little things in your life and feel gratitude? Life is all about choices; we can choose to be ungrateful or we can choose to look around us and be grateful for what we have.
Human beings thrive on the power of touch. Much like a baby who cries to be comforted, as adults we often overlook the importance of touch. A hug, a massage, or even a shoulder to cry on (literally) can lead to feelings of appreciation.
Often times when we think of "love" we think of the love we give to others but forget the importance of self love. How do you love yourself? In our often hectic life we are always doing for others, giving to others, keeping commitments we made to others. Putting your "self" first is self preserving. If you are worn out, stressed, fatigued or overwhelmed with the amount of energy you spend giving to others, how can you turn your love for others into love for your "self?" Discover what makes you the happiest and start doing more of what makes you happy. When you are treating yourself with love and kindness, happiness will flow from you and the energy it brings will be contagious to others.
Everyone has successes in his or her life and too often we are so busy running after the thing that we feel we "need" to do that we forget to give ourselves credit for the things we have already done. This mindset works in your career, your relationships, your health and even your wealth. Think back to the goals you set for yourself and how you reached them. Once reached, what did you do to celebrate these milestones? Once you celebrate the milestones, what do you do to remember these milestones? Journaling can be an excellent way to look back and remember you accomplishments. Simply reading about your milestones will bring you happiness and a desire to "keep up the good work."
If you take the term "stop to smell the roses" in a literal fashion, when was the last time you stopped to simply take in the beauty that surrounds you? In our very hectic world, we often forget to stop and watch a sunset, marvel at a child's face during play, appreciate the smile of your loved one, give thanks for your health, feel the sun on your face, meditate, give thanks for the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food on our plates. There are so many things you could give thanks for at any given moment. When times of stress are upon us, get in the habit of concentrating on what you "DO" have rather than what you "DON'T" have.
On a scale of 1 to 10, what is the level of your health? If it is less than a 10, what can you do to make it a 10? What steps are you avoiding to improve your level of health? If you are feeling tired, run down, fatigued, out of energy and lack focus, consider looking at your diet. Fast food, diet soft drinks, processed foods all lack the nutrients our bodies need. The term "you are what you eat" is very true. Have you ever eaten a huge meal and an hour later you are once again looking for something to eat? This is because you are putting "stuff" in your body but that "stuff" lacks the nutrients your body and brain require to give you optimal health. What changes can you make (baby steps) to create happiness in your health?
F.E.A.R = False Evidence Appearing Real - what are you afraid of, how is it holding you back and how is the fear and being held back from your true potential serving your highest good? Most fears are built from limiting beliefs and old habits. How can you change these beliefs and create new habits to rid yourself of the fears that are holding you back? You have the power to choose to move from pain, paralysis, and even depression to power, energy and happiness in your life.
Change your environment; if you always eat in the cafeteria at work, consider eating outside. If you work from home, give yourself permission to go outside for a walk midway through your day. If you work from home (or have a brick and mortar business that keeps you confined, how can you leave that environment and surround yourself with positive, motivated, uplifting thinking people? As a wise woman once said, "It takes a village!" No one person arrives at success alone. There is always someone there, a friend, a coworker, a mentor, a coach, cheering them on to success. Find a way to step outside of your every day environment and seek this energy opportunity.
To know others is wisdom, to know oneself is enlightenment. ~ Lao Tzu
Too many people fear looking within to create more success in their life because they fear what they may find. Knowing oneself, loving oneself, understanding oneself is the key to unlocking the answers to what most people seek. What are your daily habits to know yourself better? If you have difficulties with this step, ask others for help. Feedback can be negative or positive and we learn from both. Keep in mind, feedback is another person's perception of who you are. If you want others to see you in a different light, here is your chance to choose change, thus bringing the happiness you seek.
I believe that every person that reads this blog will take away something unique to their way of thinking. If something in this blog gave you pause for thought, please feel free to share this blog with people you know. Whatever you learned, you have the opportunity to pay it forward and cause a ripple of happiness in the life or lives of others.
Yours In Health,
Speaker, Author, Life Coach for Women & Radio Show Host
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