What makes you truly happy? When was the last time you did what makes you truly happy? Hopefully, you’re doing something every day that brings you joy, because happy people are healthier people. It’s not that they don’t have health challenges. They are just able to endure difficulties and recover from setbacks more quickly than those who do not choose to be happy. Happiness is a choice that stems from living a life filled with gratitude.
Living a life filled with gratitude means we are focused on our blessings. Blessings aren’t just the good things; they are also the difficult things we’ve faced and conquered that have made us better and stronger. Sometimes there are lessons we can learn no other way than the hard way. Even hardships are blessings in the end if you know how to look at them.
Look around and within and think of five blessings right now. Didn’t that make you feel better, even if you were already feeling good? We all have challenges, but focusing on what’s going right and on solutions, rather than problems, is crucial to living a healthy life. Health is not just about what we eat and what we drink. It’s also about what we think.
Where have your thoughts been taking you lately? Not sure? How have you been feeling emotionally? Our emotions, good or bad, will tell us how our thoughts have been trending. If we’re constantly feeling sad, mad, or anxious, that means that those are the types of thoughts we’ve been harboring, and guess what? We have control over that! If you’re having a hard time feeling good and finding something for which to be grateful, I encourage you to look around for someone to help or a cause to which you can devote yourself. Serving others is a sure way to lift yourself and free yourself of negative thoughts that can lead to a poorer quality of life.
Helpful hands lead to a happy heart which leads to a healthy mind and body. Turn off the TV and get a life! We are bombarded daily with everything that’s wrong in our country…..and whose fault it is, and what THEY should do to change it. Let’s stop pointing fingers and start lending a hand. Let’s follow the admonition of Gandhi and “Be the change you want to see in the world.” We can’t do everything, but we can all do something. Let’s celebrate Independence Day this week by being independent thinkers. Let us be doers. Let us lift this country to new heights by lifting others. For in lifting others, we lift ourselves. Happy Independence Day!