I recently was introduced to a magazine Live Happy. That says it all. The newest research has showed that "when we choose to be happy and take steps toward that state of mind, our golden years are more likely to be truly golden.". (August 2014, Live Happy, The Golden Age of Happiness, pg 82) Research has also demonstrated that when we are in the state of happiness that we most likely will live longer too. Amazing how that mind/body connection works. We are truly an entity that cannot be dissected merely into body parts.
|Me and my happy little kittie Wills with the cute whiskers!|
I read a number of blogs written by people with fibromyalgia. The focus is frequently pain, brain fog, difficulties experienced in every day . . . that focus can result in a downward spiral and rob you of your life. Despite life's challenges, and they can be many, if the focus turns to happiness, relationships,and caring for yourself and others, you will feel better. Happiness is a key that opens many doors and leaves you with good memories. It's a matter of focus.
This month's Live Happy publication talks about the power of words. (Rubin, Gretchen. August 2014, Live Happy, pg. 40) According to Gretchen, the words we choose are critical to our happiness. The differences in our word choice reveals how we think and who we are. If you listen to what you say it will reveal your attitude, level of optimism, your level of empowerment, how positively you think, and your entire mindset. Listening can be a difficult task and how often do we listen to ourselves anyway? We should be the first person we choose to listen to! That's how we get to know ourselves. So, is your glass half full or half empty, do you play the piano or practice piano, do you exercise or take a dance class . . . ? You get the idea. Are you a victim of circumstances or responsible for everything in your life and in charge of you? Being in charge of you leads to total freedom and happiness. Those words may be nuances to some, but they tell a deeper story that may be affecting life satisfaction and happiness.
Happiness doesn't mean you don't still have difficult or next to impossible days, but it sure helps me get through those days and improves my level of resiliency. That's the cycle of our life. Choose that cycle wisely! Blessings to you on this fascinating journey. To read more about happiness look for Live Happy and find positive in your relationships, at your job, and in your daily life.