Have you ever had a "religious exerpience"? Experienced something so great that you were filled completely with joy? Felt pretty great, didn't it?
Well, how long did it last? How long was it before you came "down to earth"? How long before you had a feeling of "ho-hum" or even worse, down right dispair?
The problem with feeling great, is that in order to know what it is, you have to have something to compare it to. You have to know what it's like to be sad to trully understand the feelings of being happy.
However, that isn't to say that you can't, almost all the time, be "happy."
The trick is, to find out what trully makes you happy. So, what makes you happy? This answer will vary from person to person. It is up to each individual person to figure this answer out for themselves. However, there are a few things that I have found to be almost universal in the "pursuit of happiness."
Here's my challenge to you. Read what I have to say here. You may agree. You may disagree. All I ask is that you read the entire thing, with an open heart and an open mind, before you pass judgement. Read what I have to tell you. Listen to my words with your heart. Then, try to follow what I say for seven days. Take note of how you feel now, how you feel at the end of reading this, and at the end of seven days.
If you find that following these simple rules helps you in your personal pursuit of happiness, then you will have gained something. If I fail in that, if you do not find yourself at all happier, not even in the slightest, if you are no closer in your personal pursuit of happiness, then walk away, having lost nothing. You won't even lose time. The one week you spend will show you that this is not the way for you. In that alone, you will have learned something.
The first thing to understand is that everything you do affects not only yourself, but others as well. In your own pursuit for happiness, do not do anything that will cause someone else to not be happy. Happiness, at the expense of others, is not happiness. Happiness at the expense of others is greed looking for self gratification.
Happiness does not come from things that you have. Happiness comes from how you live your life. Notice, that isn't what lifestyle you have, but how you live your life. There is a differerance. Let me explain.
Many people think that happiness comes from what they have. "He who has the most toys wins." The fact is, it isn't the things around you that trully make you happy. Consider this: when you were younger, there was most likely something that you wanted. When you got this item (toy, car, book, whatever), you probably felt very happy. However, after a while, did you still feel happy with it? Or did it end up on a shelf, in a box, traded in, sold, whatever. What was it that truly made you happy? The item? Or getting the item? Or, was it actually, that someone cared about you, loved you, and wanting to do for you, got the item?
There is a saying: It's better to give than to receive. However, there really isn't a difference between the two. Think about it: you give someone something, they are excited, this gives you the feeling of "happy", this makes you smile. By giving, you are receiving. You are receiving the joy, the happiness, of making someone else happy (whether it's happy for a moment, or for a life time). Remember the first thing I told you: everything you do affects not only yourself, but others as well.
Now, with that said, realizing what happiness more or less is, how do you achieve happiness? How can you make yourself happy? How can you do something, every day, in order to make yourself happy?
The answers may surprise you.
First, every morning, first thing in the morning, you should make this part of your daily ritual. When you get up, walk to a mirror. Do not think of anything. No bills, no "what I have to do today", no work, no anything, no nothing. Don't think of who, what, when, where, or why. Just walk up to the mirror, look at yourself in the reflection... and smile. Smile big. Look at that smile. Don't think about something to make yourself smile, just smile. Smile, smile, smile, smile, smile. Did I mention that the first thing you should do is smile? Smile.
This will set the start of the day. No matter what else happens, you have your day starting with a smile. Remember that throughout the day. Your day started with a smile.
Second, every day, tell at least one joke. It doesn't matter how bad the joke is. Just make sure you tell someone a joke. Try to make them laugh. Smile when you tell the joke. This will help the person you're telling the joke to know that it is a joke you're telling, and will help to put them in a mood to laugh better.
Third, every day, confuse someone. Do this by going to someone you don't know, who looks like they're not in their "happy place" (especially if they look stressed), look at them, smile, and say "may Driden bless you." Then walk away. They're not going to know what's going on. This will shock them right out of that stressed, non-happy feeling they're in. A small shock to the system like that to jog someone out of their duldrums is all that's needed. Unless they are an unhappy person by nature (in which case, being unhappy actually makes them happy, just in another way), they won't be able to just snap right back into that unhappy, stressed out feeling. If they can't be unhappy, well, that pretty much leaves only one alternative. Smile, you just helped someone.
Three simple steps. Now, obviously, there's more to being happy than just this. However, it's a good start. Take one week, seven simple days. Do these three things every day. See if it doesn't make you feel better about yourself... about life... just feel better.
Remember: Laugh, and the world laughs with you. Smile real big for no apparent reason, and everyone will wonder what you're up to (and won't be thinking about anything that might be bothering them).
Smile. Laugh. Be Happy.
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