Thursday, December 20, 2012

How to live a happier life

In light of the recent events that occurred last week in Newtown, CT and Clackamas, OR, it's hard not to think about the innocent lives taken away too soon.  God rest their souls.  It made me think about my life, my purpose, my loved ones, and how I can make this world a better place before I leave.  Life is so fragile and at a moment's notice it can be instantly taken away.   So I asked myself, am I living my life to the fullest?  If I were to die today would I have any regrets.  Sadly, I honestly can say yes.   So let's all make a promise to ourselves that we'll wake up tomorrow and be thankful we are given a new day.  Say hi or give a friendly smile to someone on your way to work, call a loved one and express your feelings and be grateful for what we have.  Make the most of your life and live it to the fullest.  It's yours, so live the life you want to live.

1. Have the courage to live a life true to yourself, not the life others expect from you.  Honor your dreams and aspirations and go for it no matter what anyone says.

2. Don't work so hard.  Simply your lifestyle and make conscious choices along the way.  It is possible to not need the income that you think you do.  By creating more space in your life, you become happier and more open to new opportunities, ones more suited to your new lifestyle.

3. Have the courage to express your feelings.  If you suppress your feelings for the benefits of others, you are settling for a mediocre existence and will never live a happy life.  Many illnesses are related to bitterness and resentment you carry.  You cannot control the reactions of others.  However, although people may initially react when you speak from your heart and honestly, the end result will raise the relationship to a whole new and healthier level.  Or it may release the unhealthy relationship from your life.  Either way, you win.

4. Stay in touch with your friends.  There is no excuse with the abundance of social media.  Don't get so caught up in your own life that golden friendships slip away.  When it comes down to it, all that really matters is love and relationships.

5.  Let yourself be happy.  Happiness is a choice.  Laugh, better yet, laugh at yourself.  Why are you so serious?

Life is a choice.  It is your life.  Choose consciously, choose wisely and choose honestly. Choose happiness.

Reference: Ware, Bronnie. Top 5 Regrets of Dying.  AARP.  February 1, 2012

1 comment:

  1. I love number 3...having the courage to express your feelings. Moving on from a "mediocre existence" is so freeing and liberating and one evolves on so many levels. Thanks for the reminder.