Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Come On Get Happy (

Come on Get Happy


Life isn’t always a bowl of cherries, and we all feel down in the dumps once in a while. But, when the pity party becomes tiresome, it is time to take a good look at your life and revel in what makes you happy. As the Partridge Family taught us so may years ago, “Come On, Get Happy!”

Friends and family
A study conducted at the University of Illinois found that happy people tend to have strong friendships and family ties. Cultivate your social skills and make time for family, especially if the relationships are positive and uplifting. Connections equal happiness.

Enhance relationships
If you are lucky enough to have a significant other in your life, work on keeping that relationship strong. Express your feelings of happiness with the other person through a thoughtful card, a hug, or a night out. We all like to feel appreciated, so share that simple gift with someone you care about.

Help others
Helping others, through volunteering or charitable works, will help you too, by putting your own problems in perspective, making you feel needed and helpful, and making you feel good about your place in the world.

Save for the future
We all have bills to pay, but watching a nest egg grow provides a measure of security, which leads to happiness. Even a small amount saved over time will help you achieve peace of mind.

Remember to be grateful
Take a few minutes every day to count your blessings and remind yourself of the wonderful things in your life. It is guaranteed to increase your happiness.

Take stock
At the end of a day, even a bad one, take a moment to focus on things that went well and why. Focus on the positive skills and abilities that you have to offer to the world. Write them down if necessary, and think about all that you have to contribute to society.

Happiness is a choice
We all have within us the ability to affect our own happiness. You can learn to be happier by focusing on what is good in your life, and what you have the ability to affect. Ultimately, happiness is less about what you have and more about how you decide to live your life.

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