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Don’t cry because it’s over,
smile because it happened.” 

~ Dr. Seuss   

One of the first questions a new client is often asked is, “What are you looking for in your life?  What’s missing in your life?”  The answers, of course, are as varied as the client is unique. Yet, there are three answers that rise to the surface:  success, happiness and balance.  The belief is when success is achieved, balance and happiness will be a natural outcome of that success.  While there is some truth in that belief, it’s not quite accurate.  Here’s why.

Each and every one of us has the ability to be happy at any given moment of any given day.  You can choose happiness whenever you want it, wherever you are.  Happiness isn’t about buying that great pair of shoes, the newest luxury vehicle, new furniture, a fat bank account…in other words the material things that are available to us at any time.  True, having those things can leave you feeling happy, yet it’s temporary.  After a few days or weeks, they just become another thing in your life, unless you make a daily conscious effort to look at them differently – to remember the happiness associated when you purchased that thing.

Happiness and gratitude are interconnected.  When you express gratitude, you can feel happy.  Anytime you want a little boost in you attitude and altitude (it’s about lifting yourself up) practice finding happiness in the every day events that are often taken for granted.  Here’s a few to get you started.

Happiness is…

…feeling the warmth of the sun on my face.
…burying my nose in freshly laundered blankets.
…big, white, puffy clouds floating in an azure sky.
…making time to read a great book.
…a promise of 15 more years.

Are you smiling yet?

Daily Action Grab your journal (a piece of paper will do) and write a list of 10 activities that make you happy.  Follow the example above and begin by writing “Happiness is…” and then fill in the rest.

Until next time…

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“To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.”   Johannes A. Gaertner

What are YOU grateful for?  Who ever that may be, have you taken the time to tell that person “thank you”?  What about the reason(s) you are thankful for them?  No?!  Not yet?! What are you waiting for???

Are you grateful for the things you have or the events you’ve experienced?  It’s not always about the “good” things that have happened – it’s also about growing through the challenges.  Have YOU taken a moment to consider that your struggles of this past year may have made you stronger, more peaceful, more creative, more accepting, more adaptable, more resilient, etc.?  Perhaps without the challenges YOU would not have worked to being more open and accepting.  Hmmm – you mean struggles can be good? :-D

Take a moment, not just on Thanksgiving Day, each day and remember to show your gratitude to each other and to yourself.

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” ~ Thornton Wilder

Thank YOU for accompanying me on this journey and the opportunity to serve you!

You have enriched my life!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Until next time…

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