About a month or so ago I came across this meme. Perhaps it is because it appealed to my analytical side or perhaps it was just the right moment in time, but for whatever reason it really struck a chord! As I read through these ten scientifically proven things to do to increase happiness it also occurred to me that they are all very doable for just about all of us!
I am grateful that the Universe put this meme in my path at just the right time! It really got me thinking about how I can do all these things to be happier. It was the little push that I needed to motivate myself to start taking steps to really grow; to know myself and take responsibility for my own happiness.
In the weeks since I first stumbled across this meme I have taken a number of baby steps in the right direction! I started simply by downloading a gratitude diary app on my phone but it has already turned in to so much more!
I am really excited about what is happening! I suppose you might call it a journey of personal growth or something like that that 😉 I hope you don’t mind if I share more about it with you in the coming weeks! 😀
If you are anything like me and you want to know more about the science of the 10 scientifically proven ways to be happy, Inc.com posted a cool article back in 2013 that breaks them down for you. Check it out here!
Yesterday is already gone. Tomorrow is not yet here. Today is the only day available to us; it is the most important day of our lives.
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Left to Right : Pippi, Squirt, and Wylla (the new addition in the 5 years I have been missing in action around here)
I know that technically the picture would be better if Squirt was not blurry, but I kind of love it this way anyways! 🙂
Feel free to check out more of my pictures on Instagram to see what else I have up to while I have been missing in action from the blog. 😉
Recently I started reading Who Says You Can’t? You Do by Daniel Chidiac. I have only read the first three chapters so far but it is an interesting read. The book is all about shaping your destiny, discovering your true self, and committing to your own life.
The third chapter is entitled “The Certainty of Appreciation.” This chapter talks a lot about getting yourself into a state of gratitude everyday and the author challenges you to write what he calls a “gratitude list”. It is a lot like a letter to the Universe (or God or any other higher being) to express the things that you appreciate about yourself as well as anything outside yourself that has meaning and contributes to your life.
I really like the idea of a “gratitude list.” It also ties in with a lot of the ideas and practices that I have been trying to incorporate into my personal and spiritual growth. Last night I sat down and wrote mine and I am excited about reading and reflecting my list as part of my morning ritual!
Thank you for being alive.
Thank you for being caring and generous; thank you for being kind hearted; thank you for being open-minded; thank you for being intelligent and resourceful; thank you for being easily amused and quick to smile; thank you for being honest and respectful; thank you for being grateful.
Thank you for my family, friends, and cats; thank you for my peaceful sanctuary; thank you for the opportunities to live my life; thank you for the clean air to breathe and the clean water to drink and the nourishing food to eat; thank you for the plants and the animals; thank you this working body; thank you for my five senses; thank you for all the experiences I have had; thank you for the freedom to grow and be myself; thank you for the light and the energy within me; thank you for this beautiful life.
I am here. I am alive.
Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass… It’s about learning to dance in the rain! ~ Vivian Greene
I posted this quote from Vivian Greene years ago when I first started writing this blog since it was obviously the inspiration for my blog’s title. I wanted to post it again because it says so much about being grateful in life!
I am finding that gratitude is the most important thing when it comes to being happy and feeling fulfilled in life!
It has been 5 years since I was last here!
Life of course has changed a lot since then. I would have never guessed that I would end up where I am today, but that’s not a bad thing!
And now I find myself wanting to dust off my old blog and start over.
So here I am and here goes nothing!
“If you’re going through hell, keep going.”
~ Winston Churchill
“When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt
“If she’s amazing, she won’t be easy. If she’s easy, she wont be amazing. If she’s worth it, you won’t give up. If you give up, you’re not worthy… Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you; you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.”
~ Bob Marley