Posts Tagged ‘happiness’

“Because gratitude is the key to happiness, anything that undermines gratitude must undermine happiness,”Dennis Prager.

One of the most important concepts that many of the psychologists are bringing to the discussion about happiness is how to keep connected to our inner resources of gratitude. Happiness is not about amassing more possessions and accomplishments. Though having more clothes, nicer homes, and better jobs can play a big part of our cultural norms for happiness; they are not the answers to our inner joy. Happiness can be as easy to find as enjoying an evening with your girlfriends cooking a pot of spaghetti.

So turn your focus on one source of happiness, your sense of appreciation for what makes you shine from within. Highlight something that is a bedrock in your life that gives you a true sense of purpose and passion–without which your life would be less fulfilled. For me, this is about supporting others as they find their innate sense of creativity and joy. So, now it’s your turn. Write about what really fires you up and ignites your inner sense of gratitude for life!


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“Some people chase happiness; others choose happiness,” Robert Holden, PhD.

Take your daughter, a nephew, or a grandchild out to the park and watch them play. Notice how they take on their obstacles. Perhaps after balking at a tunnel slide, they decide to screech down on their bellies and have a laugh attack on the way to the bottom.

As for my dose of happiness–gleaned after a few days of having my great-nieces aged 5 and 7 stay–my dog Sam learned how to do tricks for them. I was reminded of the cartoons when Snoopy tried to catch balls from Lucy and Charlie Brown, tumbling around the baseball field. My nieces took on the hopeless project of ordering Sam to stop gobbling up their crayons. I suggested they start by teaching him some tricks in order to learn the basics of obedience training. Their favorite past-time was balancing treats on his nose and then watching him snap it into the air and catch it. I have to admit: this is one of my favorites too! It’s an amazing feat that only a dog can do well. And I think that Sam was happy with the practice because he gained five pounds. I’m savoring that moment in my journal. In fact, I may start a journal just for them to read later on when they are adults. Then they will remember what fun they had each summer!

Now it’s your turn. Happiness awaits….

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