If you strive to be spiritually strong, supportive, empowering, intelligent, energetic and positive, seek those same characteristics in others. Happiness is contagious.
Help your friends develop more positive traits by living those positive traits yourself. Know what kind of friends will help you nurture your soul, and set out to find some.
Don't let your friends wield such power, and work to avoid wielding such power yourself. Day by day, hour by hour, make a goal to stop complaining about your life. Make a pact with your friends to cut the complaints from your conversations. Rather, focus on positives and cultivating gratitude and happiness.
Help your children to be satisfied with the simple things while giving them the innate power and ability to achieve whatever they want in life...by living in such a way yourself. Show them that happiness comes from within and not from material objects.
You don't have to spout some corny line. A heartfelt "thank you" often does the trick. Make it a habit, and your attention will ultimately turn to all the wonderful things people do for you.
Write thank you notes regularly -- not just after a gift exchange -- and be mindful of all the ways you show your appreciation by the things you do in return.
Another idea: Spend 15 minutes writing a letter to your children. In this note, tell them how much you love them, why you're thankful for them, and all the ways they have enriched your life. This can be something you give them now or after they have grown.
Regardless, two simple words - thank you - will boost your happiness as well as the happiness of those you touch.
Take a few minutes today to appreciate nature. Go for a walk and notice only those things that are beautiful. Whether you focus on the stars above, a distant mountain range, or the cottonwood tree in your backyard, try to notice the details. Give thanks for the beauty that surrounds us. Oprah Winfrey and Sarah Ban Breathnach, author of Simple Abundance, speak often of the importance of a Gratitude Journal, in which, at the end of each day, they record five things that they're grateful for.
Whether you record these items or simply think about them, spend some time each day to focus on the little things in your life that make each day special. Perhaps it's your child's toothless grin. A warm home. Delicious food enjoyed with family.
Together, let's work on focusing on what we have -- not on what we don't have -- and all the ways we can help one another have more gratitude for the gift of life. Finding happiness is that easy.
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