Happy as You Want to Be

Almost everyone have heard the hit single 'Don't Worry, Be Happy' by Bobby McFerrin. The song has a very catchy way of conveying its message of being happy to everyone. Bobby Mcferiin's simple message surely made a lot of people by telling them not to worry.

Living a happy, resilient and optimistic life is wonderful, and is also good for your health. Being happy actually protects you from the stresses of life. Stress is linked to top causes of death such as heart disease, cancer and stroke.

One of the better things ever said is - 'The only thing in life that will always remain the same is change', and in our life we have the power to make the necessary changes if we want to. Even if we find ourselves in an unbearable situation we can always find solace in the knowledge that it too would change.

Here are some ways to bring more happiness to your life:

1. Be Thankful We have so much to be thankful for. Thank your mail carrier for bringing your mail, the Uber driver for bringing you home safely. Thank your waiter for a wonderful dinner. Thank the produce guy for the great tip about picking the perfect veggies, thank the cashier at the gas station. Thank the firefighters and emergency crews who rush through traffic to help those in need and thank God for being alive.

2. News is stressful. Get less of it. Some people just can't start their day without their daily dose of news. Try and think about it, 99% of the news we hear or read is bad news. Starting the day with bad news does not seem to be a sensible thing to do.

3. Get Spiritual. Get back to church, pray, practice meditation, get out in nature. Whatever spirituality means to you, do more of it. Connecting to your higher self is a wonderful way to stay connected to happiness and find inner peace.

4. Forgive and Let Go ~ ho'oponopono is an ancient Hawaiin method of reconciliation and forgiveness where you repeat the 4 simple phrases: "I'm sorry, please forgive me. Thank you. I love you". It's such a powerful way to let go. “Everything you seek and everything you experience—everything—is inside you. If you want to change anything, you do it inside, not outside. The whole idea is total responsibility. There’s no one to blame. It’s all you.” Joe Vitale, Zero Limits: The Secret Hawaiian System for Wealth, Health, Peace, and More

5. Get Moving: Run, jog, walk and do other things that your body was made for. Feel alive.

6. Join me for The Health and Happiness Project all month long in my free community

And always remember the quote from Abraham Lincoln, he says that, "Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be."

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