Perhaps, you’ve said or thought that happiness is something that must be achieved:
“When this is done, I’ll be happy.”
“When I own that, I’ll be happy.”
“When I weigh less, I’ll be happy.”
As I’ve chosen my path to growing in intimacy with God, I’ve learned that I can choose happiness in any given moment. In working to take control of my thoughts and actions based on truths from Scripture, I have become much more satisfied with my life.
Some actions were obvious good choices: going to bed earlier, exercising routinely, being in the moment and enjoying now, singing to my favorite music in the shower…
A few other actions were counterintuitive at first: handling a nagging task, looking for the lessons in failed efforts, avoiding the temptation to gossip, and decluttering my home, life and schedule.
Adopting a mindset to “Enjoy this Moment,” has made one of the biggest differences in transforming my thinking.
I find pleasure in gradual progress and not just the moment of crossing a finish line. To my favorite mantra, “Life is Good”, I’ve even added, “Today is my favorite day.” It helps me to remember to enjoy this moment.
If a task can be done in under a minute I avoid the temptation to postpone it. I use a five to ten-minute guideline to tidy up my ‘world’, wherever needed, each morning and evening. Putting things in order is very calming and helps me sleep better. And since I work from home, my mornings are more pleasant when things are in order.
My husband and I have our own business, so for me order and routine are golden!
To enjoy the moments I am given, clearing clutter, taking life in a lighthearted manner, getting more sleep, and responding to daily challenges in love, have brought much joy and happiness to my moments and therefore, ‘Today’, is my favorite Day!
Adding to my purposeful daily habits, I actively seek and find fun as often as I can in life, work and especially in play. It’s okay to be silly and to go off the path and do the unexpected. These are key sources of enjoying this moment.
Choosing happiness is about both actions and attitudes. If my attitude isn’t one of joy, I evaluate what I need to do: do I need to laugh more, be kinder, stop being critical, be more cheerful? And even when I don’t FEEL like it, I take control of my emotions and do the next basic ‘right’ thing, like it or not. And my feelings eventually catch up!
On a routine basis, I make the choice to appreciate my life right now, just as it is, and that makes me happy and allows me to have joy regardless of my circumstances or how I feel.
Every day you can choose happiness. Today can be your favorite day!
Sheri Geyer is a Mentor, Writer, Realtor, Wife & Mom