What Makes You Happy?

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Sometimes the weight of a lost relationship, car accident, catastrophe, lost income, or maybe an impending decision can leave you feeling down.  Putting yourself on full throttle to help someone else without a good ending can make you feel underappreciated.   It's easy to slip into a place of complacency that things aren't going your way.  Maybe this will offer an uplifting way to change that complacency? 

 

Happiness can come from many things in life.  Things can be prized relationships, prized possessions, prized places, or just about anything as we all perceive happiness at different levels and times.  

 

I subscribe to Oprah's Inspirational Newsletter and this week one of the articles, "7 Habits Guaranteed to Make you Happier"  inspired me to share these insights.  These 7 habits aren't difficult, but oftentimes we don't remember to practice these to live our happiest lives. We could be uplifted easily by making these a habit. 

 

"Thank someone you would not normally thank."  Recently, I was in a restaurant with a bathroom attendant.  Normally, I tip $1 for that dollop of lotion out of habit.  To some, this is an annoying service, but that day I really appreciated it because my nails are thin and my hands dry. That dollop of lotion wasn't just an ordinary lotion, it had no scent.  I rarely ever use anything with a scent for me and for others.  That day, I tipped her more than a $1.  She was truly grateful.  Her parade of lotions only had one without a scent, but that one made all the difference in the world to me at that moment.  It felt good and her smile radiated.  She probably doesn't earn a lot of money and I felt good sharing mine.

 

"Honor yourself for something you did today that represents the best of who you are."  Did you answer back to a service professional, "I'm fine, how are you?"  Look at them in the eye and be grateful for that one moment when you can make someone else smile, make someone's day.  You'll receive a lot more than you give. You are the reason that person smiled.  You are the reason that person now has a spring in their step. 

 

"Forgive yourself today for something that makes you feel less than the best of who you are."   In the past I gave a less than flattering response to a young photographer who was new in the business.  I realized later she might have read emotion into my email and been depressed about her service.  Even though I called and left her a voicemail of apology in case she misunderstand me, that email still haunts me.  Today, I forgive myself! The articles says that we should "hold the thought of whatever it is we're unhappy about, and have the intention of washing it with forgiveness."

 

"Feel compassion for someone you would normally judge. " This is a tough one, not in it's completion, but we would never say out loud that we are judging someone (as real estate agents.)  Fair Housing violation comes to mind.  So in your own mind, consider how you perceive people.  Are you judging everyone equally?  Or is there someone you perceive differently?  This doesn't mean you have to agree with the person entirely, but as the article states to reflect that "I'm sorry for your unhappiness.  May you find peace."  Mentally offering that is a way of moving past a judgement. 

 

"See something you would normally take for granted as miraculous."  It almost goes without saying, but I bet each of us takes things for granted on a daily basis.  There will be gas when you fill up your car at the gas station.   Each of these things is a process that happens without our involvement.  For me, I'll start thinking of the views I see daily differently, with glory rather than habit! 

 

"Express your love in a way that is unexpected, or to someone who isn't expecting it."  Maybe you haven't told your sister or brother, mother or father, that you loved them lately?  The article says to be creative. I'm sure any one of us can think of something unique to do for someone else without words.  After all, actions speak louder than words.

 

"For one full minute, stop whatever you are doing.  Be deeply grateful for the gift of this day and of your  life."    I love this one.  No matter what, having an attitude of gratitude for what starts your day, what carries you through, can put a smile on your face. Practice this and it becomes a habit.  Treasure today!  Find your joy!

 

 

 

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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
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Love this post, lots of similar thoughs have been running through my head the last few days, so this nailed it for me when i saw it reposted by Barbara Todaro.

Jan 28, 2019 08:08 AM #51
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Jan Green
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You bet Debra Leisek !  I believe everyone can identify with this list of 7 points of what makes you happy.  Thanks for reading and commenting.  Have a great day!

Jan 28, 2019 09:17 AM #52
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I'm so glad that you found a smile while reading Amanda S. Davidson .  So sorry for your fiance's inclusion in the shut down.  Definitely not fun and I'm glad it's over.  And you're right.  Good for you for looking at the glass as half full.  Thank you for reading and have a great day!

Jan 28, 2019 09:19 AM #53
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So glad you found this post via Barbara.  I'm lucky that so many have re-posted and then it was featured so more could benefit.  Making someone's day is indeed a gift and this was yet another one for me.  Thanks for stopping by to read and comment.  Have a great day!

Jan 28, 2019 09:20 AM #54
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Hello Jan, Excellent post and glad it got feature.  We can all learn from this post and make someone else day and of course that will make our day!

 

Jan 28, 2019 11:48 AM #55
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Jan Green
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Thanks Will Hamm .  Appreciate you stopping by, reading and commenting.  For sure - anytime you're down reverse the cycle and help someone else!  It works very well :)

Jan 28, 2019 01:25 PM #56
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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Congratulations on this very thoughtful and insightful post Jan Green .  This is so well done and I really appreciate your take on this. 

Jan 28, 2019 04:40 PM #57
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Thanks for the beautifully written article.  I'm going to print it out and look at it for the next few days.  The way we think - our attitude - is EVERYTHING all day long - in all that we do.  From watering the plants to calling that buyer waiting for a preapproval.

Jan 28, 2019 06:28 PM #58
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Jan Green 
Wonderful read just before going to sleep - thanks. I subscribe to Seth Godin's Blog for daily positive inspiration as he discusses employing the attitudes you share here in work environments. Hmmm... technically, AR Guidelines, I am not supposed to put a link in here --- so I guess I won't --- but Seth is very inspirational!!! All the best - Lynn

Jan 28, 2019 11:33 PM #59
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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
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So often it's those little things that make us happy!  Every day I am grateful for good health and a job I enjoy--that brings an income!

Jan 30, 2019 08:55 AM #60
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Thank you Sheri Sperry - MCNE® !  I know you appreciate this as you are always an upbeat, happy person :)  Have a great day! 

Jan 30, 2019 09:10 AM #61
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Thank you Susan McCall I can imagine that seeing it that often would make those items become a habit!  Good for you :)

Jan 30, 2019 09:12 AM #62
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Then you get this Lynn B. Friedman . I've heard of him and will search for that. Thank you for your kind comments :) 

Jan 30, 2019 09:13 AM #63
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Jan Green
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Yes, a good thing to be grateful for Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR .  Every time I see a homeless person on a corner I am grateful to have a job, too.  Kudos to you! 

Jan 30, 2019 09:15 AM #64
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Sharon Tara
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This is wonderful...so inspiring!

Anyone who follows my blog knows what makes me happy...

my family

and

any and all creative activities.

Jan 30, 2019 10:02 AM #65
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Jan Green
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Thank you for your comments!  Good for you for finding the joy in your life.  Kudos Sharon Tara !

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WOW! I can't tell you how many times I've read and re-read this post, Jan! I think at least once a day since you posted it! I kept trying to comment and kept being interrupted...

I love this post and each of the messages. Like you, I love the last one - I do start the day with affirmations but, just pausing in the middle of the day for one full minute to show gratitude is a wonderful suggestion. It really does the heart good, puts us in a positive mood and helps us do the first 6 better too!

Have a great week ahead! 

Feb 03, 2019 08:00 PM #68
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Jan Green
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Thank you for commenting and continually reading it.  It's a powerful message and one I definitely wanted to share.  It's kind of the Jeff Foxworthy of messages.  You might be a redneck translates to, you might be in need..... 

Thank you for your message!  I enjoyed putting me spin on it! 

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Sometimes it is the smallest things in life that bring the greatest happiness.  If your heart is open it will let happiness in.

Feb 09, 2019 01:13 PM #70
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Youa re so right Pam Dent !  It doesn't take much if we are open to the possibilities! 

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