8 Steps To A Happier Life: Step 3

Here’a another step to a happier life. To view the original post, click here.

Step 3.  Learn to be genuinely happy for the good things that happen to and for others. There’s a verse in the Bible (Romans 12:15) that directs believers to “mourn with those that mourn, rejoice with those that rejoice”. I’ve received calls into the night from friends and family members that announce “he asked me to marry him, and I said YES!”, “i asked her to marry me, and she said YES!”, “we’re having a BABY!”, “I got the job!” and “we wanted you to be the first to know…”. Do I look forward to the day that I can be the one calling others with my big news? YES, but until that day comes (and even afterwards), I’ll be a cheerleader to everyone I meet. You’re happiness for others is a seed that will return a harvest to you in your time of need.

I'm so happy for you, I can't stop cheering!
I’m so happy for you, I can’t stop cheering!
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8 Steps To A Happier Life: Step 2

Here’a another step to a happier life. To view the original post, click here.

Step 2.  Make a list of what you are thankful for. Instead of listing what you do not have (yet want), write down what you already posses. Maybe it’s loved ones, health, or the freedom say or to worship as you choose. You will find that things you take for granted are considered luxuries in other parts of the world (maybe even in your own town). You may not have everything you want, but if you take the time to count your everyday blessings, you will find happiness in those moments.

 

Focus on the good and get the most of your days; make them count.
Focus on the good and get the most of your days; make them count.
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8 Steps To A Happier Life

My birthday is today, June 8! Yaaaay!

I like a good round number like 8*. Those who know me, know I also like being happy and helping others find happiness. In honor of this new beginning for NatalieShavon.com, I’m posting a brief series on 8 Steps to a Happier Life. Over the next few weeks, you’ll find a new step every other business day.

(*7 is the number of completion, but 8 is the number of new beginnings, and isn’t life about new beginnings?)

Step 1.   Make the decision to be happy; make it your intention to BE HAPPY regardless of your circumstances. What happens to you may not be entirely within your control; but what IS within your control is how you choose to react to it. Even in the toughest moments, you have the power to CHOOSE to be happy.

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The #1 Reason People Don’t Move Forward

I know a thing or two about being stuck. Being free to move around within a confined space; not really realizing that you are indeed stuck; just that you can’t seem to move outside of a seemingly predestined sphere.

For some people, that sphere is a neighborhood, a company or a town. For others, it’s a relationship, socioeconomic status, their weight. You may have achieved a certain level of comfort, where you know the routine and how to navigate the waters. You stay under the radar when it counts and contribute when it matters. You may even get out, temporarily breathing in new air, but find yourself back in the same place all over again. The same type of bondage, just a different name or geographic coordinates; more money yet more bills to pay. “I’ve moved out” you say, “but why am I not moving forward?”

What is “forward” and how do we get there? Forward to me is always being in motion, moving a little more outside of my comfort zone each day. Perhaps you feel the same or differently. Forward means something unique to each person, but you know how moving forward makes you feel. A little uneasy, curious, intimidated, cautious. Fearful. The number one reason people don’t move forward is fear. What is it that we fear? It can’t be ending up where we are now, because we’ve been here our entire lives. Here is wherever we are. There is where we want to be.

What we fear are the new expectations once we move forward. Moving forward requires different actions; actions that prevent us from going backwards; actions that keep us moving forward. It doesn’t require much to keep us in our comfort zones. Just keep doing what you’re doing.

So how do we fight your natural tendency to keep doing what we’re doing? How do we move forward? We change one thing that we are doing. All it takes is one change. What can you change today that can change your tomorrow? How can this help you to move forward? I look forward to hearing your thoughts. (In another post, we will discuss how to build on this first step.)

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