Thursday Thirteen

Thursday Thirteen – Be Happy

Sounds easy, doesn’t it. Just wake up one morning and be happy. And in some respects, it is, if you just believe it to be so.

However, sometimes it just doesn’t work out that way. My advice? Evaluate your life. What areas, exactly, are making you unhappy? Is there anything YOU can do to change that situation? Be honest. Sometimes it takes a mental adjustment on our part to make situations change; don’t be selfish or stingy with your desire to be happy.

Don’t whine about it. Be proactive in your quest to be happy.

The bottom line? Make the change. Life is too short to be sad and unhappy all the time.

Here are some tips to get you started on your road to happiness:

1. Make up your mind to be happy. Learn to find pleasure in simple things.

2. Make the best of your circumstances. No one has everything, and everyone has something of sorrow intermingled with gladness of life. The trick is to make the laughter outweigh the tears.

3. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Don’t think that somehow you should be protected from misfortune that befalls other people.

4. You can’t please everybody. Don’t let criticism worry you.

5. Don’t let your neighbor set your standards. Be yourself.

6. Do things you enjoy doing but stay out of debt.

7. Never borrow trouble. Imaginary things are harder to bear than real ones.

8. Since hate poisons the soul, do not cherish jealousy, avoid people who make you unhappy.

9. Have many interests. If you can’t travel, read about new places.

10. Don’t hold postmortems. Don’t spend your time brooding over sorrows or mistakes. Don’t be one who never gets over things.

11. Do what you can for those less fortunate than yourself.

12. Keep busy at something. A busy person never has time to be unhappy.

13. Happiness can not be inherited, purchased, rented, imported, or bargained for. It must be home-grown.

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7 thoughts on “Thursday Thirteen – Be Happy”

  1. I agree with everything on this list and live my life by almost all of this every day!! I need to take things more seriously, it drives my husband crazy that I am so relaxed!!

  2. I would add – Smile! Even if you don’t feel like it. The act of smiling alone can make you feel better.

    Great TT. Very timely, too.

  3. I have a friend who just doesn’t believe that our feelings about a situation has more to do with our reaction and response then it does with what happened. Maybe I’ll send them this list!

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