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Friday, August 04, 2006

3 Simple Keys To Happiness

Morning my friend,
As I ate my breakfast listening to CBC Radio just now, my ears perked up when they talked about a "Happiness Study" that just completed.

The two participants being interviewed (both having had major challenges in health and career over the last year) spoke of a few key principles / practices that they aligned with to help them remain happy, in spite of their unfortunate circumstances.

You might be surprised at how incredibly obvious they are!

The 3 Essential Keys To Happiness are;

1. Be grateful!
Irregardless of what life throws at you, consider even the "unfortunate bumps of life" are blessings given to you to see as opportunities. Take the positives out of every negative.

2. Smile at everyone! Irregardless of whether others smile back at you, extend an openness of Being and spirit... be tickled with surprising people. This will "plant a seed" in their mind and heart, plus continue to affirm happiness in your being.


3. Extend kindness! Find a way every day to help another person. It might be as simple as asking your elderly neighbour if they need something from the store, since you're going anyways. Even if your neighbour doesn't require anything, the caring gesture will instill happy feelings... in both of you.

Actually, they listed a 4th key as well, but I quickly dismissed that one for now. : ) They recommended getting a puppy!

Pretty simple practices, hey. Imagine how different the world would be if every person on the planet put these to work... it would become a happy and caring world. Don't we know that this world needs all the help it can get right now!

Here's smiling at you... in spirit.

Warmly, Carolyn
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2 Comments:

Blogger Tomas said...

Dear Carolyn,
You are writing so amazingly simply and clearly and it can't be otherwise: the light of the truth is always bright and hasn’t any enigma.
That’s an amazing. Concept of the gratitude is old as our earth, however we sense the incredible magic every time we hear about it, every single time we say aloud Hi and share what we have with our needy neighbor. It may be even a simple cup of coffee that we offer from the heart and without expecting anything back for that.
I have heard lots of programs on the gratitude movement. They all look very nice but are hard to trust. The gratitude is inescapable outcome of our outlook towards the self, not the neighbor. When we recognize the self in the eyes of the other, then strangers simply disappear and our whole being become single act of the gratitude, when we put our spiritual essence higher than our material possessions.
Dear Carolyn, I am week in explanations but I trust you and hearty thanks.

12:03 PM

 
Blogger Carolyn Clarke said...

And thank you, too, Tomas for your warm compliment on my writing style... I certainly appreciate it.

How I so agree with you that "when we recognize the self in the eyes of others then strangers disappear and our whole being becomes an act of gratitude"... very nicely put. It works in reverse for me too, that when I look into the eyes of another and see their beautiful living spirit, I am affirmed of being a beautiful living spirit, too.

Thank you heartily for your trust.

Namaste, Carolyn

11:19 AM

 

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