We all have faced some serious issues in the past year, and since we will probably continue to face them, we need more than a texting shortcut like LOL (laugh out loud) or a slogan like “Don’t worry, be happy” to help lighten the load.
What DO we need? We need positivity, faith, resiliency, authentic smiles, and deep belly laughs!
First, let’s examine where negativity comes into our lives. Maybe we are watching and reading negative news and posts, living in fear and not faith, thinking gloom and doom, ruminating over what we perceive is lacking in our lives, complaining, and blaming others—in other words, creating negative thought patterns which can mushroom into a negative lifestyle and habit. Maybe we repeatedly say things like, “I can’t do anything to make things better,” “There’s no point in trying,” “It’s impossible to have any happiness now,” “I don’t deserve to be happy,” or “I feel guilty if a little happiness comes my way.”
Is all this negativity helping us live a more peaceful and happier life?
Regardless of your current state of life, happiness doesn’t have to be elusive. You CAN experience joy, happiness, and, yes, belly laughs more often than you might know. It’s understandable that when we go through tough times like a job loss, a death in the family, a divorce, a medical emergency, or tragedy, we may struggle to find any joy. We’re human.
It’s hard to smile during strife. BUT having tools and coping skills can help us breakthrough and find a place where we are helping each other live better, happier lives and building bridges not barriers between us.
It starts with you, and it starts with me.
You deserve and CAN be happier by sprinkling a little joy in your life.
Here are some ways to add happiness in your life right now:
- Be around positive people— those who handle adversity with grace, who are resilient and believe the best can and will happen, who don’t succumb to panic or self-pity, who listen more than they talk, and who are not needy or demanding. They are the people who are not threatened by the success or good fortune of others and who are there for us when times are tough. Hang with them. Their positive outlook and habits will be both inspiring and contagious.
- The converse of tip #1 is also true:
- Avoid negativity. Someone once said, “A positive anything is better than a negative nothing.”
- Do one positive, healthy thing for yourself each day. Little things add up.
- Think of what you’re grateful for every day. Make a list. When you’re waiting for someone or in a traffic jam may be perfect times to do this!
- Be a part of the solution in any way you can. Help, share, give…it will make you feel good. Spread a little joy.
- LOL. Have at least one belly laugh a day!
- Smile more to others, even the ones who cut you off in traffic, who are grumpy, and who don’t smile back!
- Don’t be a hater. Hate has no place, period.
- Know you’re not alone. If you’re having a problem or sorrow, someone has experienced it and knows what you’re going through. Find that support from people who know what you’re experiencing.
The times, they are a-changin', and they can be for the better! We’ve got this!
Quotes and quips to tickle your funny bone –
“Yes officer, I saw the speed limit. I just didn’t see your car.”
Okay now you say, “Control freak who?”
“Life is like looking for your phone. Most of the time, it’s in your hand!”
As my two sons were climbing into the back seat of our car, Eric, five, yelled, “I call the left side!” That didn’t sit well with Ron, four. “No, I want the left side!” Intervening, I said, “Since Eric is older, he can have the left side.” “Thanks dad!” said Eric. “Which side is left?”
I asked the kids in my nursery school class what they needed in order to grow up nice and strong. One little girl answered, “Birthdays!”
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Wellsville Rockin’ Recipe – Scrumptious Chicken Salad
- 1-12.5oz can chicken breast, drained and flaked
- ½ cup red grapes, quartered
- ½ fresh pear, chopped
- 2 Tbsp plain non-fat Greek yogurt
- 2 Tbsp chopped walnuts
- Drain and flake one can of chicken breast into a bowl.
- Add grapes, pear, Greek yogurt, and walnuts.
- Mix until combined. Enjoy with your favorite whole wheat cracker, whole-grain pita, or by itself.
Fat: 3.3 grams
Protein: 12 grams
Fiber: 1 gram