Happiness doesn’t come from money or things. Happiness comes from within!
We can choose to be happy by responding to what happens to us. Are you having a bad day? We all have bad days from time to time. We all struggle with events and things going on in our life. We worry, we have stress, we have monetary struggles, we have children that we care for, we may have an elderly parent to take care of, we have health issues. I could go on and on…
It’s how we respond to these things that happen to us that counts. Take the time for yourself to rid the stress, talk to a person that will listen and not judge you, talk to others or join a group to get ideas on how to handle your situation. Most of all, please realize that you are not the only one in the world going through a tough time. You can be an overcomer!!
Mindfulness is “a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique” (google dictionary).
I recently attended a ribbon cutting ceremony at our local park here in Ohio and was reminded that we need to be mindful every day. I admit, sometimes I need to be mindful every minute of the day. Especially on a stressful day. How does stress affect my life? Am I too busy to catch a breath and live in the moment? What’s my body telling me?
You might ask, “How can I be mindful?” I asked myself this at the park while taking the “mindfulness” walk. The best things that help me be mindful are as follows:
I sit quietly and watch things…. Birds, flowers, bugs, or even leaves. The tiniest things in life make me happy!
I try to remain calm in rough situations. I usually walk away. I hate confrontation! However, once things calm down I look at the situation and realize it wasn’t that bad after all.
Sometimes, crying works too! I’m not afraid to cry. You shouldn’t either! No matter how tough we think we are, it’s still ok to cry!
Last but not least, I have been known to scream in a pillow when things get rough for me. Yep, it works!
Do what works best for you to be mindful! As long as you are not hurting yourself nor anyone else.