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Happiness and Joy

October 6, 2013

There has been so much written about how to become happy and to find meaning and joy in our lives.   The true story is there is no destination to get to because we never arrive.  Happiness is an attitude, a mindset, and a way of life rather than the elusive feeling that many search for.  Even Abe Lincoln knew this when he said, “Most folks are about as happy as they make their minds up to be.”  There are some things to consider when working toward a happy attitude or mindset;

Do you find the need to always have the upper hand?  To always be right?  Are you hard on yourself and others when you or they make mistakes?  These ego driven attitudes take away from your peace of mind and though they may give you a temporary feeling of winning or of being superior, they are not in alignment with joy.  The question to ask yourself is would you rather be happy or right? 

Sometimes acting in a way that is humble, in other words, not having to win, to be right, or to feel superior to someone else, is the path of peace.  When you don’t feel the need to defend yourself, cover your tracks for mistakes made, or compare yourself to others, you become less guarded and more open to feelings of happiness, joy and contentment.  It is such a breath of fresh air to be free from the bondage of self and when we are free, those around us are also free.   When you stop correcting, judging, and criticizing others, you begin to feel better about yourself and you give others permission to express who they really are.  You become a safe haven and a vessel for love and positivity!……Optimists Rock!

Copyright    2012       Robin B. O’Grady

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. mylacd permalink
    May 5, 2012 12:26 am

    Excellent post, Robin! I love how you point out that happiness is not a destination but an attitude. What a great thought for today. Thank you! ~Myla 🙂

    • robinogrady permalink*
      May 5, 2012 9:25 pm

      Myla, thanks so much for your comment. I decided a few years back that I didn’t want to waste one more minute thinking negatively and feeling powerless over my own life. We are meant to shine like the sun….thanks Myla for shining your light in my direction, Robin

  2. October 7, 2013 6:00 am

    Excellent Robin! Like always, you are right on

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