My dog, Lucky, is the driving force that gets me going in the morning. Doggy kisses usually require an escape plan which entails me leaving the comfort and warmth of my bed. Once his nefarious plan has succeeded, he begins his victory laps, running with such enthusiasm it sounds like a herd of horses. Keep in mind he only weighs 16 pounds.
Today started just like any other day. There was, however, a chance encounter with a young lady from the neighborhood. We chatted about many things, but what touched me the most was her lack of joy and happiness. She told me she could not remember a time of being happy. I do have to keep in mind she is a teenager and this statement could just be part of the teenage angst that many experience. But me being me, I could not leave it there. I shared with her some of my life struggles with depression and finding joy.
No one wants to feel alone in their battle, and that is why I share my experiences. I, by far, do not have all the answers. And the “answers” I do have, aren’t really answers, but techniques that I use. Sometimes they help me and sometimes they don’t. The key is not to give up. It is okay to take a break, re-group, re-focus and then re-start, but don’t give up. Keep moving forward, even if it is by millimeters, keep moving forward.
One of the techniques I use is…. (drum roll please)…my imagination. It’s free! It’s convenient! It’s always available! I imagine a better place, a happier place, a fun place. I imagine/envision myself happy and I feel the happiness. I go back to good memories that brought joy. I can do this anywhere. It helps to smile, giggle and laugh. Of course I do that part in the privacy of my own home.
Another technique I use is…observation. I seek out things that take my breath away. I look for amazing and ordinary things, no matter how small or insignificant, that makes me smile and lifts my spirit. I call them happiness nuggets. A butterfly flitting across my path to land on a flower, the laughter of a child, a smile to another and there are so many more. A while back, my boyfriend said to me, “no matter if you are down and sad you always sing a commercial and it makes you happy.” Now who finds happiness in a commercial jingle? I do.
Trust and believe that the more you focus on something, whatever that something may be, it is going to show up in your life. A prime example is when you purchase a new car; suddenly you see “your” car everywhere. So, focus on seeing yourself in joy. After my conversation Joy and Happiness were forefront on my mind. When I arrived home, I found the following post on The Secret’s Facebook page. It fits perfectly with today’s post.
Every day, or at the very least once or twice a week, take a few minutes and focus on seeing yourself in joy. Feel yourself in joy. Imagine only joy ahead in your life and see yourself basking in it. As you do this the Universe will move all people, circumstances, and events to bring you that joy. You can’t be in joy if you have money worries, or health worries, or relationship problems with friends or family. So deposit some joy in the bank of the Universe as often as you can. There isn’t an investment that is more worthwhile. – Rhonda Byrne
How do you do keep your happiness level up?