You want to be happy. I want to be happy. We all want happiness, even when it’s hiding behind the guise of ‘hot new body’ or ‘awesome new partner’ or ‘million dollar home’. Happiness is the hidden reason why we really want the things we want. Quite simply, we want them because we want the way we think we’ll feel when we get them. But guess what – if we haven’t been practicing a happy vibe along the way, even when we achieve the thing that feels so elusive now, there will be a hollow place where that happiness would reside if we had practiced.
Abraham-Hicks says, “there are no happy endings to unhappy journeys.” This means if work is a grind, something you only do to get enough money for a vacation, that vacation will not be a fun time. The weather will suck, or you’ll forget and drink the water and spend the holiday sick in your room. The diet you hate may result in weight loss, but it will return. Or you will succeed in attracting that new mate, then wish you hadn’t.
How to avoid this trap? Make happy your go-to mind set. How to do that? Practice. We get happy by practicing happiness. And it really is so simple. Because you don’t actually need any of the things you think are preventing your happiness. Allow me to demonstrate. Just for fun, set a timer for 4 minutes and pretend you just got the best news of your life! Dance, whoop it up, hug yourself, fist bump the air. Act as crazily happy as if all of your dreams had just come true.
All done? And don’t you feel good! I use this process first thing in the morning. That doesn’t mean I bounce out of bed each day with a smile on my lips (though most days I do) sometimes I’m groggy, want to stay in bed, or just don’t feel like mustering up enthusiasm. But I do it anyway and the feeling catches up with me quickly. Practice makes perfect. And, what we focus attention on expands. By practicing happiness I am creating more in my life, through the Law of Attraction. This practice makes an awesome start to your day, and you can keep building on it by noticing all you have to be grateful for.
If you aren’t being grateful for all the good in your life, you may fall into the habit of complaining, which is a sure joy-sucker. Suspect this might be you? Then try a simple challenge. Intend to notice every time you complain, and make a check mark on a piece of paper. And just notice at the end of the day how many checks you have.
This can be a real eye-opener, but the beauty of it is, when you become aware you can start to change these thoughts. Then you can start flipping them to thoughts of gratitude. Gratitude is a game-changer, which will usher in more happiness than you know what to do with – and those other good things you want too. Give it a try, and drop me a line to let me know how it works for you!