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The Decision To Be Happy Is Actually The Decision To Stop Being Unhappy

The Decision To Be Happy Is Actually The Decision To Stop Being Unhappy To get myself in the correct frame of mind every day I created a "cheat-sheet" that can be read in less than a minute. It is a "Cliff Notes" version of the greatest wisdom on the subject of personal freedom so that you can read it each morning and evening to slowly but surely re-train your mind for
happiness.

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Choose Happiness As The Priority For The Day
-THE DECISION TO BE HAPPY IS ACTUALLY THE DECISION TO STOP BEING UNHAPPY
- MY HAPPINESS DOES NOT REQUIRE FAVORABLE EVENTS, INTERACTIONS, OR ANY PARTICULAR STIMULUS
- •Happiness is an option, and misery is an option. They are both optional choices you can apply to the same day's events. Which option do you choose?
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Let Go Of Judgments
- THE SECRET TO HAPPINESS LIES NOT IN THE EVENTS, BUT IN OUR RESPONSE TO THEM
- •Adopt an accepting attitude to all things and events in life.
•Try to go the whole day without blame, shame or complain. No negative thoughts.
•See everyone as being on their own heroic journey through the trials and tribulations of life doing the best they can with what they know. If they do you wrong then have compassion for the pain that motivated them to do wrong.
•Develop a trust that everything in life is somehow for the best and accept that I will never know why or how.
•Byron Katie has a great quote, "There are three kinds of business in the world: your business, other people's business, and God's business." Unhappiness always occurs when I stray from my business. I have no right being in God's business because I don't know the big picture, and anytime I'm in other people's business I'm in judgment which makes me unhappy. My business is where my happiness is. Everything else creates unhappiness.

WE CANNOT CHOOSE THE EVENTS AROUND US, BUT WE CAN CHOOSE OUR REACTION TO THEM.

 

Be Present
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UNHAPPINESS DOES NOT EXIST IN THE PRESENT MOMENT. IT ONLY EXISTS AS A REGRET ABOUT THE PAST OR WORRY TOWARD THE FUTURE.

 

Be Grateful
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MY LIFE IS FILLED WITH ENDLESS WONDERS EVERY HOUR OF EVERY DAY. THE ONLY TIME I AM UNHAPPY IS WHEN I TAKE THESE THINGS FOR GRANTED
•Train yourself to become sensitive and appreciative for all the miracles that occur for daily life to just happen.
•Say or do something to make your gratitude visible and real.
•Begin and end each day in active gratitude. As you lay down to sleep think of five things from the day to be grateful for, and before you get out of bed in the morning think of five things to be grateful for.
•Gratitude is simply a choice to become aware of the good things that are already true in any given situation and become consciously thankful for them.

 

Create Strong Social Connection
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Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. Mahatma Gandhi
•Simplify your life and greet every person and situation with one face.
•Quality relationships nurture – quantity distracts.

 

Live With Contribution
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The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose." -William Cowper
•Find at least one way, each day to make another person happy. It could be as simple as a kind word, a personal acknowledgement, giving anonymously, or allowing someone in a rush to get ahead
SERVE A PURPOSE GREATER THAN YOURSELF.
•By giving happiness you experience happiness.

 

My suggestion is to print this article out (the checklist part) and review the list daily for at least three months. Try to put these thoughts into practice as you go through your day. This will force the thoughts into your brain so that you live them rather than just intellectualize them. They will become part of your daily existence. On days when you don't have enough time or need a quick refresher just scan for the bold and capitalized items on the list – they are the key principles.


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, happiness is found in the journey – not the destination.
"Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling." - Margaret Lee Runbeck

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