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Be Happy!

Happy Babas

Yes…that is the secret – simply Be Happy!

It is not what you have or who you have that makes you happy.  It is YOU and your Choice to be Happy which determines if you are happy or not.

Happiness is not something that “happens” to us.  Not a “thing” we wait to come to us from some external source, not something which will occur sometime in the future when… not something someone else “makes us feel”..not something determined by what we have or don’t have.

HAPPY is something we choose to BE.

No matter what is going on in our lives at the moment.

As it is something so vital to our healthy living and our progressing along our life’s journey, I feel the need to write once again even though I have already addressed this issue from perhaps  different perspectives in other posts:

Change Your Focus – Change Your Life

Choosing Joy

The idea of finding Happiness, of Being Happy, has been written about, talked about, sung about for centuries.  From Pirke Avot – Ethics of the Fathers – a book of sayings and wisdom from the Ancient Jewish Sages:

Who is rich? He who rejoices in his portion – Pirke Avot Chapter 4

The person who is truly rich is the person who is content with what he has, and is not seeking something “else” to “make him happy”.

to Bob Marley:

Don’t worry – Be happy

Don’t worry about what you don’t have or what might happen and Be Happy with, and appreciative and grateful for what you do have.

To Lama Yeshe in his book “The Peaceful Stillness of the Silent Mind”, where he discusses the thoughts which are counterproductive to finding happiness and contentment in this life:  “If I have this, I’ll be happy; if I have that, I’ll be happy. I can’t be happy if I don’t have this; I can’t be happy if I don’t have that.,  Only this will make me happy”.  These are all illusions and fantasies which bring us the direct opposite of happiness.

Being Happy is not something we wait to happen in our life. It is a conscious decision we make, a choice we make each and every morning when we wake up. And over and over again during the “rough” days – which there will be for sure.

Being Happy is the essence of living in peace and harmony and it is not something which is determined by some external force or person or occurrence, or by something we have or do not have.

We take for granted the things we should be most grateful for.

Appreciating, valuing and being grateful for all the blessings God has showered upon us each and every day is the beginning of truly Being Happy.

A simple way of beginning this process is to begin keeping a Gratitude Journal. Simply write down 5 things each day (before going to sleep) that you are grateful for. Even on the very worst of days, there will be things to write about.  It takes 5 minutes but the process will bring about the beginning of a “change in focus” which will bring you closer to “Being Happy”.

Change your focus from:

“have not” to “have”, from half empty to half full, from “bad” to “good”, from “don’t like” to “like”.

Begin living in an Attitude of Gratitude.

Try repeating the following sentence each morning as you wake up, just after saying your own prayer of thanks for waking up:

Just for today I will experience all in complete acceptance, joy, gratitude and Freedom from Fear.

Remember:

The Secret to Happiness is simply to Be Happy!

with love light and JOY

Jane

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