This little habit is guaranteed to make you happier in minutes!

The happiest people aren't the ones who have the most. They're the ones who make the most of what they have . (1)“The happiest people in the world aren’t the ones who have the most. They’re the ones who make the most of what they have.”  It’s all about gratitude, baby!  Shifting our thinking from “I still don’t have….(fill in the blank)” to “Wow!  Look at how much I have!  I am so lucky!” will absolutely shift your view of your life, and increase your happiness.

I get it.  It is so easy to fall into seeing what everyone else has that you are lacking, or even putting off your own happiness until you achieve some goal. Life is too short, people!  We don’t have time to wait around for happiness.  Make it happen now!  No one can do it for you.  You’ve got to take action.

ACTION PLAN: Take a few minutes each day to think about at least 3-5 things that you are grateful for and write them down.  Train your brain to see the positive.  Having trouble finding anything to be grateful for?  No problem!  I’ve already got you covered.  Quick question (or two) for you.  Are you breathing?  Did you wake up this morning?  Good news! You are alive and have a chance to get the most our of your day!  That is definitely something to be grateful for. (And much better than the alternative.)   Your gratitude could be for your health, the ability to walk, see or hear.  It could be that you have indoor plumbing and a roof over your head.  It could be a new pair of shoes, your relationships, or an opportunity you have to do something to make the world a little brighter.  Look at what you have!!

So first we acknowledge the gifts that we have received.  Next, we give thanks.  That could be through prayer or blessings.  If prayer isn’t your thing, thank the universe for bringing to you all that you have.

The important thing here is that you think of the goodness in your life and the many blessings that have been bestowed upon you.  We can choose to focus on the stuff others have that we don’t, or we can choose to center our thoughts on those things we  DO have that so many others do not.  Because there is always someone less fortunate than ourselves. How lucky we are indeed!

Once you allow yourself to receive and acknowledge all that you have, you can’t help but feel a bit happier.  Focus on the positive!!

Oh, this is super important!  Always remember that making yourself happy and feeling good about yourself, is NOT SELFISH!! It is one of the best things you can do for everyone around you.  When you are at your best, you give your best.  When you are appreciative of life and happy with yourself, your light, joy and confidence will spread like wildfire!

One thing I am SO grateful for is YOU, dear reader!  Thank you so very much for taking the time to read this post and for being interested in making yourself happier.  So what are you grateful for? Write a comment below and let me know!  I’d love to hear from you!

Authenticity – Let’s Get REAL!

Let’s get real, people!  After years of observing others and myself, I’ve come to an honest conclusion.  We spend way too much of our time worrying about how other perceive us!  Honestly, when was the last time you thought about how you perceive yourself?  Hmmm?  Interesting question isn’t it?  The saddest part is, most of those people we are so concerned about appeasing couldn’t care less. Aspiring to someone else’s expectations and ideals will never bring you peace.  That peace and happiness will only come when you know you are being true to yourself and choose to see yourself in a positive light. Don’t be afraid to be your own cheerleader. It doesn’t make you conceited or narcissistic.  It makes you a better friend…to yourself.

Too often our self talk is full of degrading, negative and self-defeating ideas.  I bet there is NO WAY you would speak to anyone else the way you do to yourself.  It’s not fair to you. You are who you are supposed to be.  Kindness starts at home, and there ain’t much closer to home than starting with yourself!  In order to truly be happy and share joy, love and happiness with others, we must first go within and love ourselves… unconditionally.  

I know!  It’s a really big one and definitely takes daily practice.  I struggled (Okay, I’m still a work in progress.) with this for way, way too long.  Life is too short.  Start being kinder to yourself today, so that you can start becoming more fully yourself tomorrow.

Let’s get back to who we are.  Each and every one of us was put on this beautiful planet to contribute something.  Yes, this means you my dear.  We all have gifts and skills that are uniquely our own.  So, what are yours?

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