Are you happy? Do you want to feel happier? Did you know you could feel deep- rooted feelings of genuine joy every single day?
I didn't know that for the longest time. I would get wrapped up in my real problems or self-invented problems or anything else that was created in "the six inches between my ears." I would focus all of my energy and attention on the negative, the things I didn't like or didn't want, and sure enough they became the center of my life.
I would have time of laughter or forgetfulness of my pain and problems, but they would always resurface. As a result, I would spend my time looking for outer things to bring me joy. Shopping or food or parties would distract me from dealing with my problems and creating a false sense of happiness. Of course, it never lasted.
Finally, I was blessed with being exposed to seeing things in a new way through reading The Secret. I learned that happiness is a choice. Moreover, I learned that happiness and joy and all other feelings of worth and satisfaction are generated from the love and energy within me. Joy and happiness can be created from within you, too.
I eventually spent time facing my bigger problems and learned the little ones weren't really problems. They were more a function of a negative attitude and poor perspective on life. It only takes a little patience, persistence, and commitment to making a new choice.
I won't tell you that spilling my coffee doesn't get me upset, but I try hard every day to pause and make a new decision that spilled coffee won't ruin my day. Lost work, that person who was rude, a flat tire or any other less than desirable experience doesn't have to define your experiences.
It's been such a relief to realize and internalize that I am responsible for the joy I feel or lack thereof. Joy is your job. I try every single day to feel joy though gratitude, choosing positive thoughts, and feelings of kindness and love.
Feel and experience joy because you can!