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SHIFT TO HAPPY

The future belongs to those who believe that beauty and happiness comes from within.

 

Fill your days with a sense of magic. Dream a beautiful dream. Live in glamorous wonderment. Elevate your body’s vibrations. Cultivate a giving heart. Awaken with passionate gratitude. Dance a brilliant madness. Float in peaceful confidence. Read an inspirational book. Kiss someone who thinks your fabulous. And don’t forget to Create…write, paint, draw, sing or build. Find your authenticity. Live as only you know how. Let us grow…let us learn…let us love…let us be happy…and let us blossom in the full expression of Gods design.

 

It sounds easy, but is it? What is happiness and how can we achieve it?

 

Happiness defined.

 

In her 2007 book The How of Happiness, positive psychology researcher Sonja Lyubomirsky elaborates, describing happiness as “the experience of joy, contentment, or positive well-being, combined with a sense that one’s life is good, meaningful, and worthwhile.”

 

Arthur C. Brooks says it this way; Happiness has traditionally been considered an elusive and evanescent thing. To some, even trying to achieve it is an exercise in futility. It has been said that “happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”

 

Religious views on happiness.

 

Buddhism

Happiness forms a central theme of Buddhist teachings. For ultimate freedom from suffering, the Noble Eightfold Path leads its practitioner to Nirvana, a state of everlasting peace. Ultimate happiness is only achieved by overcoming craving in all forms. More mundane forms of happiness, such as acquiring wealth and maintaining good friendships, are also recognized as worthy goals for lay people. Buddhism also encourages the generation of loving kindness and compassion, the desire for the happiness and welfare of all beings.

 

Judaism

Happiness in Judaism is considered an important element in the service of God. The biblical verse “worship The Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs,” stresses joy in the service of God. It is a great mitzvah(commandment) to always be in a state of happiness. When a person is happy they are much more capable of serving God and going about their daily activities than when depressed or upset.

 

 

 

Catholicism

The primary meaning of “happiness” in various European languages involves good fortune, chance or happening. The meaning in Greek philosophy, however, refers primarily to ethics. In Catholicism, the ultimate end of human existence consists in felicity, Latin equivalent to the Greek eudaimonia, or “blessed happiness”, described by the 13th-century philosopher-theologian Thomas Aquinas as a Beatific Vision of God’s essence in the next life. Human complexities, like reason and cognition, can produce well-being or happiness, but such form is limited and transitory. In temporal life, the contemplation of God, the infinitely Beautiful, is the supreme delight of the will. Beatitudo, or perfect happiness, as complete well-being, is to be attained not in this life, but the next.

 

From Wikipedia; Happiness is a mental or emotional state of well-being defined by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. Happy mental states may also reflect judgements by a person about their overall well-being. A variety of biological, psychological, economic, religious and philosophical approaches have striven to define happiness and identify its sources. Various research groups, including positive psychology and happiness economics are employing the scientific method to research questions about what “happiness” is, and how it might be attained.

 

To me it’s simple. To be happy is to be free. Happiness is a choice. When I woke up this morning I made a conscious decision…I said to myself…today is going to be an awesome day, I’m so grateful to be alive, I’m so thankful I’m breathing…I’m so happy to be me. I’m a miracle that God created to do amazing things. I was created for a special purpose and today I’m moving forward in gratitude and happiness…on a mission to fulfill that purpose in the fullness of Gods love. I see beauty in the trees, I see love in the birds, I see joy in the sky, I see peace in the grass, I see grace in the rain, I see happiness in me…and I see me in you. Peace and love to you all on this HAPPY NEW DAY.

 

 

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