I’ve been thinking about how some people always seem to be so happy, and other people can’t seem to find happiness even when it’s under their noses, and I’ve come to the realization that being happy is a choice. Every morning we can choose whether or not we are going to be happy.
Now, I realize that sounds like I’m a simple-minded person who is suggesting that we can be happy if we ignore our problems, but that’s not what I’m saying at all. I’ve known people who’ve made a conscious choice to be happy in the face of some major overwhelming odds.
There is now scientific evidence that show that we really can focus our minds to be happy. Some of the ways we can choose to be happy are by practicing mindfulness by finding small moments during our days to be present and find joy in the small things. Other ways we can train ourselves to find happiness include: being grateful, smiling, being compassionate, and meditation.
Another study found that by asking people to listen to “happy” music, and to try thinking themselves happy, people were actually able to become happier. This sounds insane, but it does follow the adage, “fake it until you make it”. We can actually fake happiness until it becomes “real” happiness.
These studies and others that have been done, show that our happiness levels can be improved upon with conscious effort. So, this is one of my goals for the week: to improve my happiness level.