You have no cause for anything but gratitude and joy.
What treasures are right there for you everyday? What great abundances do you take for granted? What small little sights and object are present, yet you give them no mind? What is already in your life that makes you smile and carries happiness with it? Perhaps it is the smell of the soap when you shower. Or your favorite music on the radio. It might be your cat lying in a sun spot on the floor. You know that you are surrounded with so much that can, if you just notice, bring you a sense of joy and happiness. Our lives can be transformed by an awareness of gratitude, and happiness follows with certainty.
This is, I think, such a simple, yet profound, lesson. Remembering to count our blessings is something every one of us can do. It just takes a moment to pause and bring into our conscious awareness the bountiful gifts that surround us. What awakens your heart and stirs happiness and contentment within you? I am asking you to pay attention. That is all you have to do, and this will be the joyous and easy plan for the week — to bring more gratitude and happiness into your life. Just wait and see what happens…
GRATITUDE AND HAPPINESS
The English author and philosopher, G. K. Chesterton, wrote:
I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought
and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
How our spirits are lifted when we truly appreciate all that is around us! There are so many reasons and ways to be grateful and to express that gratitude in words, deeds, and thoughts. The smallest little thing can bring a smile to our faces and make happiness manifest within us.
I have a friend who began a movement. He founded and organized something called the Happiness Club. (www.happinessclub,com) When I first heard of it, many years ago, I wasn’t sure how one could actually have a “club” that focuses on happiness. But why not? The alternative is surely not something to be desired — The Unhappiness Club. Who would want to join that? Yet many of us seem to be charter members of the “glass is half empty” club.
Maybe we need some training in acknowledging “happiness.” My friend, Lionel Ketchum, who likes to wear a tie strewn with yellow smiley faces, began this movement. Happiness Clubs have sprung up all around – some for seniors, for singles, for teens, for anyone and everyone. From Lahore, Pakistan to Lyon, France to Durban, South Africa, and spanning North America. We could all use more happiness, worldwide. Lionel, with his good humor, said:
You don’t need a red cape or have super powers to be happy. It seems that most people think you
have to be super human to be happy. I think that being happy is super and it makes you more human.
These days, we have academic studies in Positive Psychology at Harvard University and a special kind of yoga called Laughter Yoga. Any way to enhance our happiness is a good thing. And gratitude brings happiness with it. In time, you may even recognize that just “being” is enough to bring you bliss and joy, and you will be able to be content all the time. But, for now, give this a try:
Every night, before going to sleep, think of five reasons to be grateful. Five sources of happiness. Take out a journal and write them down. You may be surprised at how many more than five have filled your day.
- Keep it simple. Maybe you have had a difficult day. We all seem to have them sometimes. You can still be grateful for something. A comfortable bed. A hot bowl of soup. Someone who smiled at you at the supermarket. Anything!
- Make this practice into a shared experience, with a spouse or friend, your children or parents, someone you text during the day, anyone. Spread the gratitude like joyous seeds.
I think you will be surprised at how your life is lighter and happier with this easy little effort. If you have never tried it before, see what happens to you. I am smiling already!
With love and namaste, Deanne
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