Contentment As A Way Of Life

Contentment

“I just want to be happy.”

How many times have you said that to yourself over the years? How many times have you found yourself feeling unhappy, wondering why and what you can do to turn it around?

We do back flips to harness that elusive emotion. We desperately strive to make money, buy stuff we don’t need, change our appearance, or find the love of our lives. And we work just as hard trying to prevent unhappiness by keeping the bad things at bay. If we control our lives properly, maybe we won’t have to deal with debt, divorce, illness, disappointment, failure, or stress.

Hundreds of books have been written about happiness and how to create it. Researchers have studied it and found the areas in the brain that stimulate it. Even our founding fathers proclaimed the pursuit of it as an inalienable right.

But that joyful emotion has a way of slipping in and out of our lives inexplicably. Some days we are brimming with it. Other days it feels we’ll never see it again. (more…)

People Pleaser? How To Release The Need To Please

People pleaserWhen I was a younger woman, I wanted everyone to like me.

I was motivated by the positive reinforcement I received when making others happy, and I felt my worthiness was connected to pleasing.

Disappointing people, making them angry, or going against what other’s deemed acceptable was deeply uncomfortable for me. So I tried hard… Continue Reading…

15 Negative Thoughts Holding You Back From Health and Happiness

Negative thoughtsPut a rubber band around your wrist.

Throughout your day, when you notice the rubber band, stop for a moment and examine the thoughts you were just thinking. Were they positive, neutral, or negative?

As you examine your thoughts, also pay attention to how you feel. Are you calm? Agitated? Anxious? Irritated? Energized?

Take a… Continue Reading…

20 Things Confident People Never Do

Confident peopleHer heart was pounding.

A dozen pairs of eyes were staring her way.

The only thing between her and complete nakedness was a thin robe. And she was about to drop the robe, step up on a platform, and stand before all of these people without a stitch of clothing.

The instructor looked at her, letting… Continue Reading…

How To Rekindle Your Relationship And Fall In Love Again

relationship problemsStop reading for a moment, and think back to the first few weeks after you met your spouse or love partner.

Actually try to visualize an early date where you were cuckoo for CoCo Puffs about this amazing person. And they felt the same about you.

Remember how it felt falling in love, how happily… Continue Reading…

Positive Habits: 5 Small Changes To Dramatically Upgrade Your Life

positive habitsSometimes it’s the smallest changes that make the biggest differences in our lives.

Look back over your life and consider the little tweaks you’ve made that led you to be happier, healthier, or more fulfilled. At the time you initiated these changes, you may have felt little impact. But in retrospect you see how… Continue Reading…