Oh, sure… happy thoughts sound frou frou and full of fluff, but we promise this stuff is powerful. Be warned. Happy thoughts are not for the faint of heart or the weak of mind. In fact, daily practice of thinking happy thoughts could completely destroy your current sense of self, change (or end) your relationships, and alter the course of your entire life. In the best way.
What Happiness Definitely Isn’t
We know for certain that happiness isn’t some amorphous thing floating around outside that we need to grasp at, collect and store up for a rainy day. Most can agree it’s not money. It’s not a set of positive circumstances. It’s not a good relationship. It’s not even good health. All of those are nice, of course, and make it all the nicer to enjoy our inherent happiness; but, happiness isn’t something outside of us.
the state of being happy.
“she struggled to find happiness in her life”
synonyms: pleasure, contentment, satisfaction, cheerfulness, merriment, gaiety, joy, joyfulness, joviality, jollity, glee, delight, good spirits
...and What We Think It Is
We believe happiness is a decision. It’s waking up in the morning and deciding you are in a good mood before you even know what kind of day you’re having. It’s saying, “Yes! Today is an awesome day!” before you look in the mirror to see if you’re having a bad hair day, or find that your dog chewed up your sunglasses, or know that you’re going to unwittingly pick the longest line at Target when you’re already late for church.
Now, don’t misunderstand. We aren’t suggesting you prance around in rose-colored glasses in some sort of personal delusion. Rather, that you take an honest look at the opportunities for growth presented in every hardship.
“I can’t possibly lose 20 pounds,” becomes “Losing 20 pounds is going to be difficult, but I’m going to do it!”
And, “I tried to lose 20 pounds, but I fell and broke my hip… I hate my life,” becomes, “Man, I wish I hadn’t fallen and broken my hip because I wanted to begin that exercise program, but when I get up out of this chair, watch out! No one can stop me!”
Now, you try.
The Key To Happiness
Every morning before we greet our first patient, the Jensen Eye Care team kicks off the day with a morning huddle. Each of us shares a happy thought: one little thought about what we appreciate, are learning or excited about, or want to work on – with an attitude of happiness. We speak from experience when we claim we have the key to happiness.
And we are going to give it you. For free.
Are you ready? It’s the most life-altering, revolutionary, difficult, beautiful, startlingly easy-peasy thing you will learn, maybe ever.
You want to be happy, then be.
It’s that simple. (And complex.)
If you truly want to be happy, decide to be. Right now. It doesn’t matter if you were up all night with a sick baby, or your car had a flat tire this morning, or – brace yourself – you lost someone you love, or discovered that you have a terminal brain tumor. That’s a bold statement, isn’t it? Good. We believe in happy thoughts so much, we are prepared for the backlash of making you responsible for your happiness, and taking responsibility for ours.
Train your brain to think happy thoughts. Make the choice to be in good spirits, regardless of your circumstances. Try it and see.
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