Tuesday, June 28, 2011

How to Live A Happy Life: Part 2

     Today I'm going to lump a few simple ideas into one post.  You want to be happy?  That is up to you.

1. Surround yourself with great friends.  Start by examining what you and your friends do together.  Do you sit around and gripe about your kids and husbands?  Do you talk about someone you don't like?  Are you whining about those ten pounds that just won't disappear? What is the tone of your conversations?
     A happy person is upbeat and positive.  Try to let all those "coulda shoulda woulda" feelings just melt away.  A good friendship involves people who truly care about your welfare, and those who would help you in a pinch.  They would also let you know when you're way aff base.  Do you have someone who will let you know when you're screwing up?  A good friend does not emotionally suck you dry, and you should not suck others dry, either! Good friends will help you be a happier person.

2.Carve away some time for yourself.  We all suffer from burnout at times.  A hobby or activity will go a long way in keeping you fresh and motivated.  Do something with the girls, or hire a babysitter so you can have a date with your husband.  You are so much to so many.  Don't lose who you are to yourself in the mix.

3. Be goal oriented.  Don't just wander through life.  What did you want to be when you were a child? The sky was the limit then. You don't have to give everything up just because you're a mom, or because your job is demanding.  What makes you happy?  What will make you feel accomplished?  Make a list and take small steps each day to accomplish whatever it is you would like to do.  No matter how busy you are, you can still do SOMETHING to become the person you want to be.  Don't make excuses for not living out your dreams.  YOU CAN DO IT!  Here are some ideas for you:
  • Run in a race
  • Learn a new language
  • Write a poem
  • Learn to paint
  • Read the classics
  • Save for a vacation
  • Go skydiving
  • Visit Europe
  • Plant a garden
  • Start a blog
  • Volunteer at a homeless shelter
  • Decorate a room
  • Organize your garage (Aggghhh!) 
  • Learn to sew
     You get the idea!  You can do so much if you just set your mind to it.  So get to it.  Make a list.  What are your desires and dreams?  What do you want to accomplish starting RIGHT NOW?

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