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Happiness is not static. It is an emotion, or rather it is a condition that arises from our emotions. It’s fluidity is what keeps us perpetually on the quest to be happy. Well, there are plenty of simple ways to become instantly happier, and one of the key ones is tried and tested:
Count Your Blessings
Count Your Blessings.
Get your journal out, and put a header on top that says, “Blessings” or “Things I’m Grateful For” or something along those lines. Now set a timer for at least ten minutes, and start writing. Don’t stop. Keep making that list. Trust me, you have plenty to be grateful for.
Basic necessities included, because there are plenty of people who don’t have food, water, and shelter. If you have them, if you are never worried that you may not be able to have dinner tonight, then that’s a blessing.
If you know for certain there are people who love you, who will stand by you, and who want you to see happy…that’s a blessing.
Do you have a regular income that support you and your family? That’s a blessing. Just because it doesn’t stretch far enough for the vacations you may like to take, or the things you want to buy for fun, doesn’t mean that what you have isn’t good.
Are you healthy? Are you mobile? Are you able to appreciate good food, good company, and good books?
Are you protected by law?
Are you, within reason, free to live your life as you wish?
Are you free to pursue your dreams?
There are so many little things that we take for granted, but would miss dreadfully if they were taken away from us. By focusing on your blessings, you may learn to appreciate those little things – and realise, that you may take for granted, may be a luxury to someone else.
Let’s be clear: I’m not saying you should be content with what you have, and not aspire for more. Of course not. After all, this blog is about Kaizen Journaling, about continuous improvement, and about always striving for something. But what I’m suggesting is that you appreciate what you have, value it, and still keep striving for whatever you want.
So get that journal and pen…and start counting your blessings.