Let me begin with the key question about happiness. Your first priority for yourself should be to be happy most of the time. Are you?
When you are unhappy with yourself or with your life, you feel miserable and probably aren’t much fun to be around. Nor are you likely to be your most productive and creative self. But if you are happy you feel good, life is bearable even if many other things are lacking, and you will naturally be more engaged in life, creative, and effective at what you do.
Are you unhappy with your life? If so, perhaps you have set unreasonable conditions for your happiness. It’s actually a very common problem because we know, of course, that we would be perfectly happy with wealth, a great love relationship, financial freedom to do what we want, your dream job, lots of vacations, etc. But those perfect conditions may be a long time coming. It is far better to be happy now and not wait for everything to be perfect. Start right now…
Begin by paying attention to your relationship with yourself, with Life, and with being happy. When you don’t pay attention to the things that are most important to you – your happiness and enjoyment of life – they quickly get lost in all the details and busyness of life. Don’t wait for happiness. Being happy is so important to our wellbeing and to a good life, that we should choose happiness now and always.
And what do we mean by happiness? Simply this – happiness is feeling good about yourself and about life generally. You feel good about yourself when you accept yourself and love yourself as you are. You know you have the potential to do great things, and that time is coming. But, as part of Universal Consciousness (God), you are totally acceptable and lovable now and always. Accept yourself now!
You feel good about Life when you go with the flow of life and trust your Divine Self to move you in the direction of greater happiness and greater wholeness through service to the Whole. Accept Life now!
Do not wait for this thing (the perfect job) or that thing (the perfect love relationship) or some other thing (enough money) to be happy. Instead choose to be happy now for yourself, your own wellbeing, and simply because you share in the Divinity of Life itself and its wonderfully creative flow that is filled with pure potentiality.
If you have read my book (Awakening to Wholeness on Amazon) or have been reading my posts, you know by now the importance of conscious choice-making… You simply need to make the choice to be happy without placing conditions on it. Choose to feel good about yourself unconditionally for you are worthy of happiness now. Choose to feel good about Life now for, through the flow of life, you will accomplish your dreams.
Choose to be happy now, this very minute. Now I know that it takes a while to teach yourself to be happy by deciding to. But as soon as you do, it sets the tone for the rest of the day. You feel good, and you expect life to be good. When you get up in the morning, choose to be happy for yourself and others, and it will empower you to enjoy the Flow of Life and its infinite possibilities. As soon as you include others in your happiness and desire happiness for them, you are thinking and acting holistically. It expands your state of consciousness and magnifies your happiness.
Remind yourself periodically during the day to choose happiness for yourself and others, and you will immediately feel the power of wholeness. And every time you do, your ability to live consciously and creatively grows.
Choose to love yourself always and to love Life always. When you do that, you accept yourself as you are in this moment, and you accept your life as it is right now. And those things bring happiness to you and indirectly to those around you. Being happy is the basis of living a great life – it empowers you to create wholeness (happiness expanded) within yourself and your environment.
Wake up! Be happy. Feel life flowing through you and all around you. Feeling life is what happiness is all about. Know that you choose happiness right now for yourself and others, and that makes you feel good physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Well, doesn’t it? (It makes me feel good, and I don’t think I’m all that different from you – except that I’ve practiced making spiritual choices for a longer time.)
And know that choosing happiness is a spiritual choice – it is a basic choice, a simple choice about what’s important to you and your Higher Self – because when you are happy you share your happiness with the world. It’s contagious and expansive in nature. And that’s a very good thing.
Also see my post on Secrets of Being Happy.