How to Be Happy


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“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln

I was browsing around the book aisles in Wal-Mart today. Books and Wal-Mart in one place = mental orgasm.

Three things were everywhere I looked – Jessica Simpson and Self-Help literature.

There seemed to be a trend amongst the self help books and mags – they all wanted to give me the keys to being happy. I’d rather they handed me the keys to having a figure like Ms. Simpson’s. After all, I KNOW how to be happy.

I don’t know about you, but I think it seems odd to see the words, “Be happier….here’s how!”. Come on, happiness isn’t something you learn it’s something you allow.

“The pursuit of happiness is a most ridiculous phrase; if you pursue happiness you’ll never find it.” – C. P. Snow

It’s so freakin’ simple – maybe too simple. Happiness is an emotion – a feeling we experience in times of joy, comfort, rest, and ease. If a person feels that any of the above are lacking, they have to figure out why that’s the case. Very often there’s one particular thing that’s keeping the smiles at bay. If it’s within our power to fix this thing, by all means possible we have to do it. If we can’t, we’ve got to go out and get help. Once we put our efforts into motion, we’ll automatically feel better.

Something else I’ve noticed about people who are looking for happiness. They base their levels of happiness upon what other people are doing. Big mistake. Big Texas-sized mistake. We can’t ever expect other people to bring sunshine into our lives – they have their own lives to light up, ours is not their responsibility.

“At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities. – Jean Houston

Find something to smile about and laugh at. Get lost in an old Andy Griffith rerun, rent “Liar, Liar”, watch Kansas City play baseball**… Allow yourself to feel carefree and have a little fun.

Make each moment count double,

**If you’re a Royals fan, skip this suggestion. It’ll break your heart.

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