Seriously, we should all quit being quite so serious these days.
Today, I prescribe to you Roger Miller’s “You Can’t Rollerskate In A Buffalo Herd.” At the end of this article, I will include the video, but I recommend buying it and adding it to your “Happy Playlist.”
Another one that everyone has heard is ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’ by Bobby McFerrin. The song has a very catchy way of conveying its message of being happy to everyone. Bobby Mcferin’s simple message surely made it to a lot of ears by telling people not to worry.
Living a happy and optimistic life is wonderful, and is also good for your health. It also takes a little work. As we get older, we need to exercise happiness, like a bicep. However, happiness is serious stuff. Being happy actually protects you from the stresses in life. Stress is linked to top causes of death such as heart disease, cancer and stroke.
It has been said that, “The only thing in life that will always remain the same is change,” and in our life we have the power to make most necessary changes if we want to. Even if we find ourselves in an unbearable situation we can always find solace in the knowledge that “this too shall pass.”
Social networks are damaging, much of the time, but relationships are essential to happiness. People are different, accept people as imperfect and beautiful. Avoid major clashes and constant arguments. Let go of all kinds of resentments. If arguments seem unavoidable, really try and make an effort to understand the situation and you might just get along with that person who is so different.
Happiness can be found in everyone, increasing it is a way to make a life more wonderful and also more healthy.
To be happy is a choice.
Just decide to be a happy person. Abraham Lincoln observed that most people for most of the time can choose how happy or stressed, how relaxed or troubled, how bright or dull their outlook to be. The choice is simple really, choose to be happy.
There are several ways by which you can do this.
We have so much to be thankful for. Thank the taxi driver for bringing you home safely, thank the waitress for a wonderful dinner and thank the guy who cleans your windows. Also thank the mailman for bringing you your mail, thank the police officer for making your place safe and thank God for giving you life.
Break up with the news.
News is stressful. Get less of it. Some people just can’t start their day without their daily dose of news. Try and think about it, 99% of the news we hear or read is bad news. Starting the day with bad news does not seem to be a sensible thing to do. Lately, I have been listening to audio books instead of talk radio and, let me tell you, that is a happy choice. I feel 25% happier.
The Jesus/Yeshua says, “But seek first God’s Kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33 WEB) Getting alone in prayer is primary. Being part of a fellowship group with its singing, studying, feasts, prayers and meditations develop a real sense of inner peace and harmony with others.
Manage your time.
Time is invaluable and too important to waste. Time management can be viewed as a list of rules that involves scheduling, setting goals, planning, creating lists of things to do and prioritizing. These are the core basics of time management that should be understood to develop an efficient personal time management skill. These basic skills can be fine tuned further to include the finer points of each skill that can give you that extra reserve to make the results you desire.
Laugh and laugh heartily everyday.
Seriously – schedule it if you have to. Heard a good joke? Tell your friends or family about it. As the Word of God says, “A cheerful heart makes good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22
Express your feelings, (leaving out self-pity and blame) to people who are close to you. They will most likely reciprocate your actions. Try not to keep pent up anger of frustrations, this is bad for your health. Instead find ways of expressing them in a way that will not bring more injury or hurt to anyone.
Get Things Done
Working hard brings tremendous personal satisfaction. It gives a feeling of being competent in finishing our tasks. Accomplishments are necessary for all of us, they give us a sense of value. Work on things that you feel worthy of your time.
Learning is a joyful exercise. Try and learn something new everyday. Learning also makes us expand and broaden our horizons. And could also give us more opportunities in the future.
Speaking of Exercise
Run, jog, walk and do other things that your body was made for. Feel alive.
Avoid exposure to negative elements like loud noises, toxins and hazardous places.
These are the few simple things you can do everyday to be happy.
And always remember the quote from Abraham Lincoln (who agrees with Mr. Miller), “Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
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