Smile and be happy
"Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
Hopefully you’ll be humming the tune to that song already ? Such a great song with a simple message: don’t worry be happy. Does what it says on the tin! If you’ve never heard the song before, or if you want a reminder, click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9K4BKkLaCI
and have a listen on YouTube ?
So, what’s all this about today? Well, as the title says, don’t worry, be happy. But let me expand upon that.
We live in a world which is incredibly fast paced, and one where so many are trying to get somewhere quickly. Nothing wrong with fast-paced per se, just as long as you’re enjoying the journey to where you’re going. It can be great whizzing along the roads I know, but the downside to that is that you can’t really appreciate the scenery around you as you do. You see people all the time zooming along at unthinkable speeds because they want to get somewhere fast. Many will be thinking “I’ll be happy or pleased when I get there”.
Now there’s a phrase you probably hear quite regularly “I’ll be happy when”. You might here something similar “I’ll be relaxed when…” or “I’ll be at peace when…”
You know what I want to say when I hear phrases like that? Well probably you don’t know but I’ll tell you so you do! “Nooooooooooo!”. Very simply, the reason I respond like that, is because I want people to understand that being happy in the Now is just, if not more so, important. Ironic as it may seem, being happy now will actually get you to where you want to be far quicker than stressing about getting to where you want to be so you can be happy. Did you get that? Being happy now can provide all sorts of short-cuts to where you want to get to. Have you noticed that the better mood you’re in the more easily your life flows? The better the mood you’re in the more surprise solutions to your problems seem to appear from nowhere?
When you focus upon being happy in the moment, not only does your life flow more easily, but it’s a hell of a lot more enjoyable and less stressful. We can become so blinkered to what’s going on around us at times because we’re so focused upon “getting somewhere”. We can also miss all sorts of delicious opportunities for fun and enjoyment – all because “we’re trying to get somewhere that will make us happy”.
Why deny yourself happiness in this moment? Why not say to yourself “I choose to feel happy now”. Chances are the happier you are now, you’ll create even more happiness on your route to where you’re trying to get to. Then it won’t matter if you necessarily get to where you were originally headed, or whether you decide upon a different goal altogether. The point is, you’ll be happy no matter what you decide to do, or how long it takes. Of course the other thing to think about here is, if you keep focusing on the fact that you’re not where you want to be so you can be happy, that’s what you’ll create more of. In other words, if your attention is always on “getting there” you’ll probably never get there.
So, choose to be happy in the moment, and enjoy the journey to even more happiness. And if you do feel a bit down, just sing along:
“Here's a little song I wrote,
you might want to sing it note for note,
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