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“Lethargy holds many people back from doing the things that lead to happiness.”
says Gregg Easterbrook, psychologist and researcher. He’s among the many who recognise that
"It requires some effort to achieve a happy outlook on life, and most people don't make it. Most people take the path of least resistance. Far too many people today don't make the steps to make their life a more fulfilling one."
Could it be that people are just too worn out to do the things it takes to be happy?
Polls show Americans are no happier today than they were 50 years ago in spite of increases in prosperity, decreases in crime, cleaner air, bigger living quarters and a better overall quality of life."
Yes, happiness IS an inside job. But it helps to have a minimum of needs met to begin with! As far as that is up to us, we can each one do a little and reach for something even better, because we can!
"Psychological research has freed us to know that we can have happiness under many kinds of conditions, even the most difficult. Researchers may have recently handed the keys to happiness to the public, at least partially, but many people cling to their unhappiness and ways from habit, say the experts.
These same experts say the the road towards more satisfying, happy and meaningful lives involves cultivating certain attitudes.
Happy Habits & attitudes include knowing...
For doing anything, I like the just for one day approach.
For example in breaking a bad habit or cultivating good ones--
It helps me to ask the Greater Good to help me do things that I resist. And I don't care if the help comes from within or without me-- The main thing is-- that help does come as I keep on turning my face to the good and to the Better Way... I can do it just for one day-- tomorrow I get to take back all my crappy attitudes-- That is, IF I really want them!
May I go for something Better-- Just for this day!!!
The road toward a more satisfying, happy and meaningful life involves cultivating certain attitudes. Here are just a few for you to ponder.
GRATITUDE-- You may want to practice good attitudes, listing things for which you're grateful in your life.
Daily, make a point to notice life's small pleasures and savor them.
"If you are looking for something to complain about, you are absolutely certain to find it," says Gregg Easterbrook,
And-- If you look for something to be happy about, you will also find it!
FORGIVENESS-- forgive your enemies, or at least beging dealing withand dialing back anger towards those who thwart your goals.
THOUGHTS-- Practice positive thinking or the negative will beat you to your brain and take you down. Seek support and positive friends that don’t support endless complaints without some healthy processing or resolution.
HOME & HEART--put time and energy into friendships and family. The happiest people have strong friendships, says says, Ed Diener, a psychologist University of Illinois.
SELF CARE-- Doing what makes us happy, for even 10 minutes a day, nurtures us and makes us feel worthwhile as well as happier. Self care, for me, means putting myself in a place that allows for love and Spirit to enter.
SERVICE-- Do you know that virtue and altruism makes us happy!
Happier, in fact, than many people know! Practice helping others within reason and random acts of kindness.
As for Happiness-- Often we know what we should do for it--but sometimes we just don’t do it.
Yet, when you think of the alternative of feeling crappy, you may just decide to do the better thing, of turning to a better attitude and feeling better too!
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