As far as I know there is no secret recipe for happiness or contentment. The people who move through life joyously have not necessarily been blessed with lives of abundance, success and prosperity. These people do have the ability, however, to take the circumstances they’ve been given and make them into something great.
Our individual realities are affected by our perceptions – delight and despair come from within rather than from external sources. Situations we perceive as fortuitous please us, whereas situations we perceive to be inauspicious cause us no end of grief.
Yet if we look at all the things we have accomplished and make each new situation our own, the world will become a much brighter place. A simple shift in our attitude can help us excavate our potential for fulfilment in every event, every relationship, every duty and every setback.
The Universe is often unpredictable and we as humans tend to focus on the negative and assume the positive will care for itself. But life is no more or no less than what we make of it.
Take working in a job you dislike, what if you were able to think to yourself, ‘what if I did like this job?’ and find the positive aspects of the position and approach your work with a different attitude. By doing this you can turn it around so you like it and enjoy it more.
When faced with the prospect of tackling something you fear, you can think of it as an opportunity to discover what you are truly capable of doing. Similarly, events that are unexpected, if you view them as surprises, can add a new dimension to your daily life. By choosing to love life, you can create an atmosphere of happiness that is wonderfully infectious. A change in your perspective is all it takes to change your world, but you have to be willing to adopt an optimistic, hopeful mind-set.
To make a conscious decision to be happy is not enough. You must re-learn how to view life’s complexities as though seeing them through the eyes of a child seeing everything for the first time. The wonder on their faces and the curiosity is amazing to watch. You must also try and rid yourself of any preconceived ideas of what is good and what is bad so that you can appreciate the rich insights hiding in various stages of your life’s journey.
And you must strive to discover the pleasure of wanting what you already have. As you begin to shift your perspective, your life will be permeated with happiness, and this will remain with you forever.