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Gratitude turns what we have into enough. Aesop

Gratitude starts a chain reaction. Unknown

We don’t laugh because we’re happy – we’re happy because we laugh. William James

We need to fill our fun tank and wringing all the joy out of the daily, weekly and monthly happenings is one way.

Walking and talking with my daughter. Going out with my husband, laughing over something we’ve shared. Admiring something we’ve completed or accomplished. A cup of tea in the afternoon, phoning mom, laughing over something sent on Face book, these all contribute to the happiness of the day. Little joys are the happy moments in our life, some of them may bring tears to our eyes when we look back on them over time. They didn’t mean much then, they mean everything now.

Nothing needs to happen before we can enjoy a laugh with someone. No accomplishment needs to be made before we feel the joy of a child’s smile, question, or hug. Time spent with our parents over coffee, phone or face time is precious. Laughing with our husband or wife over a joke, shared moments or memories are part of the ties that bind us together. We’ve shared so much with everyone that is in our life.

When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us. Helen Keller

Everyone in our life has given us something, brought joy to our life in some way, or given us the gift of a growth opportunity. Either way, gratitude is in order. If the sun shines today that is something to be grateful for, if it doesn’t we probably need the rain. We can look on the bright side and sometimes by looking on the bright side we help others see there is a bright side.

We are told any random act of kindness boosts happiness. I was given a rose in the grocery store by two lovely girls one day as a random act of kindness. One of them had a blog and this was part of what she blogged about. This was a few years ago, it made an impression on me.

In order to be happy we have to take full responsibility for our life. By taking responsibility we take back control as we acknowledge the thoughts we think and the actions we take create the results in our life. We are not victims. We can make it better or we can make it worse. Even when we can’t control the circumstances we control our reaction to the circumstances.

One of the suggestions for more happiness is to avoid negative people and situations. We shouldn’t go looking for problems but is judging others as negative and not worth having in our life a good thing? If we are blessed by luck, chance, good timing, and management of our life are shunning those that weren’t so blessed the thing to do? We may be the only positive person in that negative person’s life, when we take our self out of their life we might have been the ray of hope, the beam of sunshine, the model of normalcy they saw.

Being there for people in their hour of need is important. Letting them drag us down is not good. We need to find the balance and we need to let them know they are not victims; they are in control of their life as we are in control of ours. If we cut them off who shows them how to live a better life? It may be easier to cut negative people out of our life, but is it the kind, compassionate, loving thing to do? We need to not get caught up in their drama. We need to be there to encourage them as they take the first tentative steps to a better life. What lessons they have to learn we don’t know, our job is not to judge them, our job is not to change them, our job is to love them. Everyone can love people who are easy to love. Giving up on the hard to love is easy; loving people through their tough times is a growth experience for both of us. Sometimes they don’t know how to receive love and learning to accept they can be loved may change their life. Learning to love them may change ours.

Are we enjoying the moments in our life with gratitude?

Happiness, not in another place but this place… not for another hour, but this hour. Walt Witman

We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have. Unknown

If you want to find happiness, find gratitude. Steve Maraboli

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On Kindness Paperback – Jun 22 2010

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