Does being positive and happy come naturally?
Do you think being positive equates to being happy?
Are joy and happiness one and the same?
I’ve been thinking about all of the above lately.
And, I will answer my own questions.
No, No, and No.
I have been focusing on the positive, consciously devoting time to myself and my happiness, and trusting God’s joy is within me. It is constant work, and I am nonetheless a work in progress.
But, I feel like most of us could say the same. I don’t think people genuinely are full of positive energy and happiness ALL the time. Many would like us to believe that, but they are probably lying to us and themselves.
We don’t live in a perfect world, and we all have to make our lives manageable. Life is hard, and I’m not sure where we got the idea that it was anything more.
Life has always been hard.
We all have problems, insecurities, fears, worries, battles inside our own heads, struggles no one knows we are dealing with.
We all sin. We all make mistakes. We all get angry or upset.
And, guess what? It’s okay. We are all imperfect, and we are all human. We all have faults, and we all live behind closed doors.
The best we can hope for, the best we can do is to continue to work on our own flaws and weaknesses.
Each day I wake up and choose happiness. Choose positivity. Choose joy. And, choose to live life with my own instruction book. It’s the only one that makes sense. It’s time to realize that.
Live life to the best of your ability. No one else really matters
Here are some tips to consider when looking for positivity, peace and happiness in YOUR life:
- Focus on the positive side of every situation.
It may not always be easy, but remember something good comes out of everything, even the bad. We may not realize it at the time, but there is always something to be grateful for.
2. Don’t compare your life to others.
We may think everyone else is living the good life. No worries, no financial struggles, no illness, no insecurities, or relationship problems, but do we really believe their life is made in a bed of roses. We all have “stuff” we are dealing with, even if we can’t always see it.
3. Don’t believe everything you see or read.
Social media can take you on a fast track in a downward spiral if you are scrolling social media looking for happiness. It’s not there so limit the screen time.
4. Distance yourself from people who steal your peace.
This is a BIG one for me because every week I’m feeling the need to cut someone out of my life, or limit my conversations with them. This is why I don’t call people too often. I can’t stand the negativity, the complaining, the bad moods. And, did I mention the negativity? Solitude and loneliness can sometimes be a blessing, and I mean that. I can’t focus on getting through the storms in my life when someone else is always breathing those negative vibes in my ear.
5. Read positive, inspiring, and self-love quotes every day.
Every day I post quotes on my instagram (@gracelovebiscuits) story to not only remind myself but also help others to remind themselves as well. We all need to encourage one another in a positive way and push negativity out of our minds. No joy or happiness comes from being in a bad or sad mood.
6. Worry about yourself and mind your business.
Choose to focus on your own life and make it better. Keep your business to yourself and respect others’ privacy. Sometimes we don’t have to know everything about everyone, and it’s really not our business anyway. The less you involve yourself in other’s concerns the happier you will be. Focus on life in your household, not someone else’s.
Peace and Love everyone….xo.