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Do You Want to Be Happy?

Do you want to be happy?  Of course, you do, but what does that really mean, and how do we get there? Here’s three simple steps to increase your happiness.

  1. Let go of what’s gone.  If this phrase reminds you of the children’s movie, “Frozen” you’re in luck because you can start singing “Let it go” at the top of your lungs (like a five-year-old) with all your heart, and before you know it, you’ll already feel happier. There’s power in your words; even if you feel silly, the power is still there. 

    If you aren’t familiar with the movie, here’s another tip.  Write down a list of what’s gone, a list of things you miss due to COVID-19.  Letting go may seem complicated and somewhat daunting.  You may be holding on to something that feels familiar but may not be beneficial for personal growth or your happiness. Then move on to tip #2.

    2.  Ge grateful for what remains.  Make a gratitude list.  Despite this pandemic, there’s still lots of things to be grateful for; take a few moments to be consciously aware of the things that are going well in your life.  Are you holding on to what was?  Focus on what you already have instead. Plus, research has proven the practice of noticing and being thankful is good for your mental and physical health.  An attitude of gratitude can help improve your immune system, lower your risk for mental health issues, get a handle on stress, and sets you up for success. 

    3.  Look forward for what’s to come.  This tip is, by far, my favorite. We’ve made it through the first three quarters of the year. It’s time to think about 2021. Doesn’t that sound refreshing?  Some of your goals may not (yet) have become a reality this year, especially if the pandemic impacted them.  You may not have been able to take that incredible trip of a lifetime.  Or your energy and motivation may have been zapped.  Whatever the case may be, there’s still lots of possibilities yet to come for this year and next year.    

    2020 has proven to be the year of resiliency and resourcefulness. We’ve faced more than a pandemic, more than racial unrest, more than fires. We’ve faced the battles in our minds. So many have given up, become complacent, cynical, and overwhelmed with frustration and doubt. I’ve been there too. The struggle is real. 2020 is calling out to us that it’s time to train and build strength. When we don’t give in, when we push through the doubt, we’re preparing ourselves for something better. We’re building muscle to become warriors ready to face the battle. 

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