Be Habitually Happy
Or what else is worth making a habit, my friend? What else on earth but to be habitually happy?! There’s a saying that ‘Happiness is a choice’, but our favourite Og Mandino mentioned something about choice and habits. ‘Soon these actions and reactions will become easy to perform, for any act with practice becomes easy. Thus a new and good habit is born, for when an act becomes easy through constant repetition it becomes a pleasure to perform and if it is a pleasure to perform it is man’s nature to perform it often. When I perform it often it becomes a habit…’ Og is saying that anything which is a choice can become a habit. Anything, once you stick to the choice repetitively long enough. If happiness is a choice, then it can become a habit! Wow! Think about that.
Let me just give you two amazing tips that can make happiness become a habit for you. But just before then; happiness is what you feel when you have no resistance towards anything. It is the feeling of love, the conscious awareness of love within you. When you are happy, you just aren’t holding the thought of anything having gone wrong; everything is blissful in your perception. So, your thinking creates your feeling of happiness. What you have to do is think happy thoughts long enough and feel happiness so long enough that you find it habitual to be happy.
Tip #1: Smile always. Okay, at the beginning it would take practice to smile always. But if you’d like to test the efficacy of smiling, just think one unhappy thought that makes you sad, upset, worried, angry, whatever right now. Once you have that thought in your mind, make a big, wide smile. An ear-to-ear smile. Done? Do you realise that you end up laughing, and you just can’t keep the negative thought and feeling? This tip is so effective; smile always. Smile as often as possible, no matter what is going on; just smile. When nothing is going on, smile at your best pal; and that is yourself.
Tip #2: Look into people’s eyes with love and smiles. Yes, do this as often as possible. You spend most of your time outdoors; then don’t spend it looking down on the road. Spend it looking into people’s diamond eyes. Beautiful, radiant, loving. Communicate that idea to them that they are special. The more you do it, the more natural you become at it. You’ll be amazed how many friends you make in a short period of time, too. Ultimately, you cannot resist being happy everytime you are with people. You’ll always see the best in them, too. Now, that’s a bonus.
Tip #3: W. Clement Stone was known by his associates for a remarkable practice. I have tried it, and it works great to keep me happy. It is the practice of saying ‘That’s good’ to every situation-report you receive. Good, bad, ugly. When you’re told that something has happened, just remark, ‘That’s good,’ and start looking for the good in it. This is the application of some laws of the universe, actually. When you say something is bad, in essence, you identify that something is good; and within that thing you call bad, you can always find the good. So, put yourself to the work of saying ‘That’s good,’ and look for the good.
I assure you that practising these three tips for the next couple of weeks will make success your habit for the rest of your life. Think about that. Awesome, isn’t it?! Making happiness your choice and using these simple tips for, say, 30 days will create a habit of happiness in you that is going to last with you for the rest of your life. Isn’t that amazing?! Just get yourself a life you’ll be proud to have lived; make happiness your habit.
Sure I can show you to an even deeper understanding that will make it easier for you to choose happiness consistently until it forms into your habits. I’m inviting you for a 3-Day Challenge where I am giving you the challenge to make happiness, success and your primary life values (honesty? integrity? responsibility? passion? freedom? teamwork?) your habitual way of living. Join Sheena Cantar’s Challenge here.