There is so much is happening in this world, some things are frightening and depressing. Many are personally touched by tragedy. Yet, we have a life to live. As long as we are alive we have a responsibility to be happy. Some get happiness mixed up with selfishness or me ism. It is not the same.
If we have a roof over our head, a bed to sleep in, and our basic necessities met, we have a lot to appreciate. I am not going to depress you with facts and figures about all those whom do not have their basic needs met. More people than you think have experienced homelessness or other sad situations. What I would like to suggest is that we can afford to feel a measure of contentment and appreciation. Contentment and appreciation are Happiness manufactures. If a person only wants more and they do not see the good in their life with great appreciation, they will never be happy. When our sons were small and life was so difficult and there was no money to pay the power bill, I still told the boys we were richer than most. We were.
Another Happiness factor is quit looking elsewhere for what you may already have. Invest in your mate, children, home, job, and community. Some are not happy with their mate, what happens then. Children grow up emotionally detached if we do not regularly communicate with them. They can become vulnerable because of feeling unloved and lonely. Everyday, our mates and children need us to Stop! Look! and Listen!
What would you like to accomplish in the next quarter, 1/2 year point, third quarter? This first quarter we definitely can start early figuring out our taxes. An exercise routine is good to get busy with. This next quarter I want to get some household decorative issues taken care of, finish painting, get some wood work done.
Having a schedule, and quarterly goals keeps me inspired and optimistic. You cannot be happy if you do not have hope. There is so much in life we have no power to control. It is critical that we have short terms goals and long term goals. Every day consider what step you can take to work toward the accomplishment of your goal. A short term/longterm goal I have is the practice of productivity in my sewing and painting areas. I am eager to get more productivity and results regulary.
Productivity restores a sense of well being to the mind. If a person is layed off, retired, or disabled, productivity is still a necessity. Some suffer with depression, the loss of employment or an ongoing sad situation can get us down. Keeping a domestic schedule with some social activities keeps one from isolating themselves. Productivity causes one to feel accomplished. Even something as simple as cleaning out one drawer in the kitchen and organizing it gives me pleasure. Cleaning and organizing a shelf a night in the pantry or the refrigerator creates good feelings.
Assessing responsibilities, and fulfilling them, benefits all.
Considering the application of some of these behaviors, attitudes and habits can cause you, me, and our loved ones to feel happiness. I desire that as you proceed into this new year that some of your hopes, and goals are fulfilled. Gina