Happiness is within and around you so give yourself permission to be happy!
Did you know that 40% of Your Happiness is Up to You?
Researchers have found that:
- 50% of our happiness quotient is a result of your genetic makeup
- 10 % is the result of circumstances. Only 10%!
- That means 40% of your happiness comes from your own intentional activities – what you CHOOSE to think, be or do.
That’s a real game changer, especially for those who think happiness is wrapped up in circumstances. Feelings of overwhelm, hurriedness, perfectionism, insecurity, disappointment and indulgent living can lead you to believe you are victim to circumstances. Untrue. Even the most bah-humbug personality can make shifts in thinking.
Happiness is not feeling good all the time, being able to get whatever you want or a final destination. So what DOES encourage your happiness?
Research also has shown that gratitude has a most profound effect on one’s happiness. When gratitude becomes a way of life your thinking shifts and your happiness soars.
- Gratitude journals boost happiness. Researchers, Michael McCullough and Robert Emmons, found that some of the benefits of keeping a gratitude journal include increased life satisfaction, more energy, and improved health and well-being.
- Gratitude is a quality that can be cultivated. Positive Psychology research affirms that gratitude helps people experience more confident emotions, notice and savor life’s joys, improve their health, handle adversity, and build strong relationships.
- Gratitude can change your brain. When you cultivate an attitude of gratitude, your brain will pull out the positive aspects of a disappointing, frustrating or difficult experience. When gratitude becomes a way of thinking, your brain will automatically LOOK for more things to be grateful for. It is looking for things that it already believes are true. This is called the virtuous cycle. Psychology Today
- Gratitude can help you shift perspective. Everyone encounters challenges, adversity, pain and hard times. You can let it bring you down or you can be triumphant. There were many times that David, in the Bible, faced life-threatening situations. His Psalms might start off in great despair. But as he praised God and thanked him, his perspective shifted. (Psalms 13; 42; 43; 57; 62). When circumstances are unfavorable, remember that there are still seeds waiting to be nourished into strength, victory and joy. As you praise, give thanks and show gratitude for even the tiniest of things, our Strong Tower, Refuge, Mighty Warrior is ever-present. Let your praise and gratitude be a healing balm that shifts your downcast perspective to one of hope, promise and shining light through the storm.
For the choir director: A psalm of David.
O Lord, how long will you forget me? Forever? How long will you look the other way? How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day? How long will my enemy have the upper hand? Turn and answer me, O Lord my God! Restore the sparkle to my eyes, or I will die. Don’t let my enemies gloat, saying, “We have defeated him!” Don’t let them rejoice at my downfall. But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me. I will sing to the Lord because he is good to me.
Give yourself permission to be happy by being intentional about cultivating gratefulness into your daily living. I encourage you to start right now by leaving a comment about one thing you are grateful for, whether big or tiny. It will begin watering that seed of happiness within.