Choose Happiness

“Folks are usually about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

A definition of happiness: “Happiness is the process of creating and experiencing good feelings, in your body and mind, moment by moment by moment.” ~Michael Neal, Feel Happy Now

A definition of joy: “Joy is the emotion evoked by well-being or by the prospect of possessing what one desires. Delight is the expression or exhibition of such an emotion.” ~Dr. Christiane Northrup, The Power of Joy

“Many events will transpire in which your conditioned response is to feel bad. Be aware of these outer incidents, and say the five magic words: I want to feel good. In that precise moment, ask yourself if feeling bad is going to make the situation any better. You’ll discover that the only thing feeling bad accomplishes in response to outer situations is to plummet you into anxiety, despair, depression, and of course, stress. Instead, ask yourself in that moment what thought you can have that will make you feel good.
I assure you that your decision to feel good is a way of connecting to Spirit. It isn’t an indifferent response to events. By feeling good, you become an instrument of peace, and it’s through this channel that you eradicate problems. By feeling bad, you stay in the energy field that creates resistance to positive change; and experience a stressful, anxious state as a by-product.”
~ Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, The Power of Intention 
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Images not mine. Top quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln.

Make happiness a habit

“Few things are more revolutionary than finding true happiness in a suffering world.” ~Marianne Williamson

“If you want to be happy, you have to be happy on purpose. When you wake up, you can’t just wait to see what kind of day you’ll have. You have to decide what kind of day you’ll have.” ~Joel Osteen

“The world’s wisdom traditions all point inward, stating that there is a level of the mind that serves as the source of happiness. When a person locates this core self, there is peace and silence. One feels safe and cared for. Love and bliss are available as normal aspects of life, not as intermittent experiences that arrive randomly.”

~Deepak Chopra [read more of article at Oprah.com]

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Composure is attainable, and from this calm place, happiness blossoms. Breathe. Relax. Soften. Accept what is, knowing there is a much larger picture of the story than we can ever understand. Being happy is not only a choice; it is a type of loving shield. It gives us strength in troubled times and allows us to offer gentleness and smiles to others. To feel happiness and smile at others is not naiveté; it’s a kind of superpower. It kick-starts the ripples of kindness and offers hope for our worried world. ~Namaste
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Random compliments

“I can live for two months on a good compliment.” ~Mark Twain

“People wonder why I give so many compliments out to strangers. I’m not being fake and I’m not looking for people to like me. But if I pass someone and I like something, I say it…. “Love those shoes!” or “Great hair!” or “Wow your eyes are beautiful!” Why? Because life is hard and this world can be a sh***y place and people are mean. You never know how much those few words mean to someone, you never know what hell they may be going through; and when you put positivity out there into the universe YOU yourself become a happier person. It’s hard to be nice and be miserable yourself. It’ll reflect from the outside in. I’m telling you . . . random compliment giving will change your life; and maybe someone else’s too.” ~J.S. Weatherhead

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Choose Vibrant Thoughts

I discovered inspirational author and speaker Raymond Charles Barker when I was in my teens and his writings still move me today. These excerpts are from my old, weathered, and deeply cherished hardcover copy of his incredible book ‘The Power Of Decision’ [1968]. These words really resonate with me, today and always, and I hope you enjoy a lift of your heart and a burst of inspiration as well. Namaste. Gina

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thoughts make me strong“A great factor in the matter of being unhappy is being bored. Many people are bored and do not even realize it. Check your mind and see if you are bored with your present situation. If so, you had better break it up and fast, for it is negative mental and emotional states that breed unhappiness.

“It is lazy thinking. It is thinking that is uncreative and, if indulged in too long, it becomes destructive. To be bored in today’s world is nonsensical. The whole planet is exploding with interesting ideas, interesting people, and interesting events. Never before has so much music, art, and great entertainment been available. To be bored takes a good deal of doing, and a large segment of the population is doing the doing that causes boredom.

“Creative thinking gives a zest to living and you are a creative thinker when you decide to be one. The feeling that it is great to be alive is a spiritual necessity. It lessens the strains and tensions of routine functioning. It quickens new ideas in consciousness, and alerts the mind to the fascinations that are available to us. It allows no morbidity, no boredom, and no lazy thinking. It prevents us from drifting in the past. It causes us to be today people expecting great things in our tomorrows.”
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Raymond Charles Barker, The Power Of Decision

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Have Hope

There are nay-sayers and critics to point out everything that’s wrong. Let’s be radical. Let’s point out everything that’s right. Let’s support those who are helping, and be among the helpful ones. Celebrate solutions! Let others focus their negative energy on criticizing problems. We’re too busy on this Earth Day focusing on solutions and ways to help. I for one have to have hope. We continue to improve the ways we live on this incredible planet. Hope helps.

Thoughts of gratitude lead to peace

If the only prayer you ever say in your life is ‘thank you’ that would suffice. ~Meister Eckhart

Prayer changes things. Starting with the one who prays. ~unknown

Brave Enough To Be Who You Are

“There is only one journey. Going inside yourself.” ~Rainer Maria Rilke

“We need to have the courage to claim our spiritual identity in the midst of a world afraid of light. We don’t need to flaunt our spirituality, argue about it, or attack anyone who does not see or agree with it; we just need to live it. The path of mastery does not require us to convince anyone else of anything; it simply asks us to remember who we are and be it.”

~Alan Cohen, Dare To Be Yourself

Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting,

The soul that rises with us, our life’s star,

Hath had elsewhere its setting,

And cometh from afar;

Not in entire forgetfulness,

And not in utter nakedness,

But trailing clouds of glory do we come

From God, who is our home.

~William Wordsworth