Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Be Happier and More Positive in 10 Simple Steps

Be Happier and More Positive in 10 Simple Steps

1. Decide. 
This is the most important step, and there is no recipe on how to do it.  But once you decide to be happy, you’ll find yourself finding lots of reasons to be happy that you never noticed before.  Just try it.  Decide to be happy.

2. Don’t wait.
A priest once said this in my church, “Crying babies, like good intentions, should be carried out immediately.”  

3. Do.
The path to happiness will take you toward action.  Look for things to do that make you happy.  

4. Make Others Happy.
The surest way to increase your own happiness is to make someone else’s day. 

5. Share Happiness.
Do a random act of happiness.  Smile and thank sincerely the next person you meet, at the store, the coffee shop, the bus.  Take a few minutes to connect, and really hear their story.

6. Tip, Donate, And Appreciate.

7. Stop.
Just sit, listen, relax, and enjoy the moment.  OK, pet a dog or cat, too.  

8. Smile.
So simple, so easy, and it gets so many endorphins going, that even with a fake smile, you’ll be smiling genuinely in no time at all!  

9. Congregate.
Find other happy people and spend as much time as possible with them.  You know the ones, they are smiling and laughing and getting things done almost effortlessly!

10. Infiltrate.
Be happy wherever you are.  Happy is subversive.  It changes things – and always for the better.  There is a reason Buddhism considers happiness the highest virtue.  

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