Choose to Be Happy Now

I’ve been reading the work of Dr. Timothy Sharp at the Happiness Institute (yes there really is such a place) and I have been struck by his perspective that “Happiness is determined more by our minds than by our circumstances.” What better time to hear this when you or someone you love is struggling with an illness.

As Dr. Sharp explains, “a wasted day is a day that’s gone. There are no reruns. Every one of us has 86,400 seconds every day. If we don’t use them we can’t save them up. Our “account” is cleaned out every night and we need to start again.”

Here are some of Dr. Sharp’s tips:
Make happiness a priority. If happiness is not at the
top of your list then other things will take precedence. If other things take precedence, they may well interfere with your efforts to feel good.

Do things that make you happy. Although this sounds obvious, many people simple forget to do things from which they gain pleasure. And do them as often as possible.

Play and have fun. Don’t take life too seriously. Although we all have difficulties and responsibilities there’s no reason why we can’t approach much of our lives in a playful manner. In fact, those who do so will undoubtedly be happier.

If you wan to learn more, go to: www.thehappinessinstitute.com

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