How To Become Happy Right Now – Dr. Sandy Nelson
What do you do that sustains happiness in your life? How do you maintain a level of happiness every day? If you find it difficult to find and keep happiness alive, you may benefit from this post.
Happiness can seem elusive, but you don’t need to sift through clues outside of yourself for its existence. Just like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, using the power within yourself is how you can become happy right now.
Use these tested strategies to guide you:
1. Be thankful.
Take 60 seconds and make a mental list of what you appreciate in your life at this moment, especially if you’re enduring difficult times. For continued happiness, practice gratitude daily. A bad mood can improve quickly just by completing a simple gratitude list.
If you have trouble recognizing what you could be thankful for, stop and think how would your life be different without access to electronics, books, a bed, running water, electricity, heat/AC, food, appliances, a sofa, indoor plumbing, the roof over your head, your transportation, health, the ability to read and write, law enforcement, doctors, nurses, teachers, firefighters, and a government that provides you with human rights.
2. Let it go, immediately.
Happiness and resentment can’t coexist. So release the prisoners bound in your mental prison whom you have pledged to never forgive. Your forgiveness doesn’t free those individuals from transgressions. Forgiveness frees you. Otherwise, those who harmed you will continue to hurt and destroy you every day. You could become a bitter, unhappy person consumed with grudges and hate.
3. Take a two-minute mental vacation.
Close your eyes and picture a scene or a landscape that is peaceful and inspiring to you. See yourself there. See yourself tranquil in this vision. Take it all in for two minutes. A visualization exercise like this has a calming impact and calibrates happiness.
Visualization means recreating an image in your mind surrounding an activity in order to practice a perfect environment. It works, too!
4. Sweep negative thoughts out of your mind.
The consequences of negative thinking appear to be widely known. It disturbs your mental and physical health. It creates tension and stress. It blocks your ability to focus clearly and it blocks happiness.
A good base of optimism is necessary to succeed in today’s often stoic world. If the current CEOs of companies were negative thinkers, their company would end up in the toilet. To think positive is to address problems with a can-do attitude to target solutions.
5. Let go of the Perfection Delusion
Life is so much happier when you come to terms with your flaws and limitations and stop raging war on yourself for failing to meet a unrealistic standard. Your human nature includes the inability to achieve perfection.
As human beings, errors are unavoidable. Accept that you will make mistakes, unintentionally, of course. And usually, you will feel regret when those mistakes occur. Take responsibility and make amends and corrections as soon as possible.
Here’s additional motivation in the words of Christian D. Larson in
To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something good in them. To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to achievements of the future. To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others. To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud words but great deeds. To live in faith that the whole world is on your side so long as you are true to the best that is in you.
Think about it.
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