Inspirations for Happiness
by: David Leonhardt
The following three inspirations
were adapted from A Daily Dose of Happiness, and they represent three key ways
to increase our happiness.
1. FORGIVING FOR HAPPINESS
We like to think we are better
than our friends below us in the food chain, such as the octopus and the snail.
After all, we have love. We feel happiness. We have empathy. We have a
conscience. We can reason.
We can also hold onto grudges.
Grudges are, in fact, prickly
little creatures that worm their way into our hearts. Holding onto them is a
Fortunately, forgiveness is also
uniquely human. Forgiveness cleanses the spirit. Forgiveness let's us get on
with enjoying our lives instead of being preoccupied with someone else's.
Forgiveness opens the door to happiness.
2. SUPPORTING FOR HAPPINESS
When things seem to be very
bleak, it does not take much to lift someone's spirits. Sometimes all it takes
is to let somebody know they are not alone.
That is why it is so important
to smile at people, especially if they look down. And if you know what is
weighing the person down, let them know they are not alone. Don't go burdening
them with all your miseries, but let them know you have been there.
Guess what? You will feel
happiness for having helped them, too.
3. ACCEPTING FOR HAPPINESS
There is no such thing as
happiness if you are not at peace with yourself. Too many people just don't
know how to make peace with themselves.
Peace begins with acceptance.
Whether we agree with everything we do (like the environmentalist who sometimes
throws out a recyclable container), it is important to accept what we do.
Do we always make the best
choices? No. But they are the choices we make.
Do we always treat people with
the most respect? No. But it is how we treat people.
Can we improve? Yes, and we
should. But that is a project for the future. First we must accept who we are
now, rather than condemning ourselves. Then we can move to improve the person
we will be tomorrow. Both acceptance today and improvements tomorrow will
increase our happiness.
About The Author
This inspiration first
appeared in A Daily Dose of Happiness: http://thehappyguy.com/daily-happiness-free-ezine.html
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