Margaret Lee Runbeck once said, “Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.”
What we all seem to forget at some point of our lives, is that happiness is a choice. If something goes wrong at the beginning of the day, most people have the tendency to assume that it is going to be a bad day. If you’re anything like me, worrying can take away your happiness. Even if there is nothing to worry about, that makes me worry even more. But recently I learned not to worry about the future. Or to worry, but know that worrying is about as effective as trying to solve a chemistry question by chewing gum. The real troubles that life will hit us with are the unexpected. Worrying does nothing except take away happiness and attempt to prepare us for situations that are completely out of our hands.
Now, I’m not saying that we won’t have bad days because everyone does. We all have days where we don’t want to leave our bed… and that’s okay. But instead of getting so down because of that bad day just think about how happy you must have been at one point to allow you to feel so bad… and you will be that happy again. And if these words typed out are simply just that…words… and don’t have any influence on how you feel I am going to make a list of things that you could do to make your rainy days a little bit brighter.
Do one thing every day that scares you. (This is my favorite)
Sing. Sing in the shower. Sing in your car with the windows down.
Don’t waste time. (Time is more precious than you can imagine.)
Remember compliments you have received and forget about the insults.
Stretch-in the morning or at night or in mid-day. (It feels so good)
LOVE your body. (You were beautifully and carefully made. Don’t abuse the wonderful gift you’ve been given.)
Dance. Dance in your living room. Dance in the car. Just. Dance.
Understand that friends come and go, but there are some that will never leave your side.
Realize you don’t need anyone who doesn’t need you.
Don’t be jealous. Sometimes you’re ahead and sometimes you’re behind.
And last but not least, smile.
SMILE because happy looks good on you.
So remember, Happiness is NOT the destination. Happiness is the journey.