Sunday, April 21, 2013

Soul Sunday

Happiness....state of well-being characterized by emotions ranging from contentment, bliss, pleasure, to intense joy.

What does it feel like for you.  What does it mean to you.  When do you feel happiness.
Most importantly is your soul happy. 

Create a life that feels good on the inside, not one that just looks good on the outside. 

All too often in life we try to be someone or something we are not.  Trying to live up to others or societal expectations, standards, ideals, etc., or comparing ourselves constantly with others.... instead of just being who we are and doing what makes us truly happy.

 This quote says it best....
"When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” 
So how can each of us create more happiness within our souls.  Here are some ideas.

1. Be generous. Volunteer for social work, practice random acts of kindness, and be generous. The act of giving always makes the heart more content with self. Peace and selfishness do not coexist very well.

2. Love Yourself. Don't be too hard on yourself. No one is perfect. Love yourself and love life in all its forms. Be open to accept things in a positive manner.

3. Ignore negative comments. Remain cool and calm as a person. Ignore the negativity (negative comments, happenings, people) around you.Be understanding: many times hard feelings exist due to not understanding the person's view point. When you start putting yourself in the person's place you begin to understand why he says what he says and you start breaking the wall of ego.

4. Be friendly. Be friendly and helpful toward everyone you meet. Being friendly does not mean you have to bring home everyone you meet, but you can always put up a good, warm behavior in front of others. When you give positive vibes, you will attract positive vibes.

5. Never argue. Do not enter into an argument for silly things. Nothing is worth fighting over and you cannot change other people. Remember these two rules before picking up a fight. It's not worth it after all.

6. Stay busy. Keep yourself busy with something constructive. But do keep some time for relaxation too.

7. Think positive. Always. Take lessons from the events in your life. Do not get disappointed by anything. If you think positive, things will turn positive for you sooner or later. 

8. Forgive and forget. Don't let hatred breed and settle inside you. If you forgive you will be able to forget. Forgiving may not be easy but it brings you tremendous peace. Forgive for your sake

9. Be yourself. Never compare yourself with others. Everyone is unique in this world. Cherish the fact and feel nice about yourself. You have everything including a nice heart.

10. Be honest. Be honest with yourself and what you want, and what you expect from yourself and others. It is not easy at first. If you know what you really want, then you could achieve your goals easier.

11. Stay calm. Being calm keeps a person from making hasty decisions. Once something is said or done, it cannot be taken back. It takes practice, so hang in there.

12. Making assumptions can be painful. You are only in your head. You never know what someone else is thinking or what they meant by their comment. Ask questions if you want to be sure.

13. Remember not to take things personally. Rarely anything anyone does is about you. It is based on their own dreams and desires. You never know how someone else's life is going.

14. Give service to others. True happiness can only be found when you stop worrying about yourself and try to look out for those around you. Helping family members, co-workers, and friends can give your life meaning and joy. Selfishness, on the other hand, will only provide temporary pleasure. Obviously there are some aspects of life where you must focus on yourself, like your body's need for food and sleep, but only focusing on your own needs will never result in true happiness.

15. Smile. Smiling is infectious. If you make yourself smile for a minute, you are using all kinds of facial muscles, and you can't help but feel good.

16. Do try. If you can accomplish even the smallest goal, it will pave the way for bigger and better things. With goals accomplished, it sends a message to yourself, that you are a winner, and can do what ever you set your mind to.

17. Never, ever, give up. You are unique and special in all the world. If life knocks you down get back up. Failing is not in getting knocked down, it is in staying down. 

18. Always be true to yourself. Meaning choosing your way of life without being pressured by anyone.

19. Know that by being truthful , positive and by helping others, you can have more.

20. Cherish the values of love generosity courage and kindness in their own right as being worthy of getting you closer to happiness,

21. Be simply good it is advantageous to you as an individual , and to the human species as a whole and remember the words of Confucius' Truth and sincerity is the basis of all virtue.

22. Have a purpose in life and here I quote a is the meaning and purpose of life , the whole aim and end of human existence.

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