To Live in the World and be Happy

As Abe Lincoln famously said: “People are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”  Happiness is a choice, a habit of mind, and a skill that can be cultivated.  Like most skills, some people seem to be born with more of it than other people.  And like most skills, with practice, people can really good at it regardless of whether or not they were born happy.

Recently, a good friend decided that he was no longer going to read a newspaper or surf the news online.  He felt that the steady inflow of tragedy, drama, and sadness that comprise the bulk of what we call “the news” was robbing him of his ability to be happy.  I think it’s terrific that he wants to cultivate happiness, but IMO, his approach makes him a victim of the news media. It’s as if he is saying “I can only be happy by hiding from stories about other people’s sadness and pain.”Are You Happy.flowchart

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for taking the occasional vacation, leaving all my “real world” concerns behind and doing TM (tan maintenance) on a great beach in the tropics.  And, I want to be able to live in the “real world” and still be happy.

Here’s an article I found on Huffington Post with 4 simple steps to increase the flow of happiness in your life, everyday.

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