Friday, October 3, 2008

Happiness Begins with Me!

I have had this thought on my mind a lot the last few weeks. I had to post a few thoughts about it. I have wondered if I'm happy and what makes me happy. What actually defines ones happiness? I was grateful to go to Women's Conference this past weekend. It was beautiful and uplifting! I especially enjoyed Elder Uchtdorf's talk. What a happy man he is! The things he talked about really made me think that I am special woman and I deserve to be happy! So, with much thought to this, I realized that much of our happiness depends on our mood and attitude, not our circumstances. I realized that true happiness is how I view life and what I see as joyful, not things or situations that come. So, with that said, here is a list (yet another one!) of some simple things I have learned to take joy in and realize I am happy!

  • Being healthy is really important to feel mentally happy, so I have really taken a liking to walking at night with my iPod blasting and staring at the sky.
  • Laughing at simple mistakes and trials! Life throws twists and turns...go with the flow and it's a fun ride!
  • Knowing you always have something to work on to continue being happy.
  • Being righteous.
  • Continue finding ways to become even closer to the Lord and our Savior
  • Being a citizen of the United States with a right to vote! I have a say!
  • Meeting a veteran of the military. I was privileged to meet Gordon Ewell (Google him!) the other day and I felt very humbled and fortunate that I have people like him serving our country!
  • Having a difficult calling and working hard to fulfill it and actually accomplishing it!
  • Being privileged to see baptisms each month as these young kids make a huge step in life. They have the most amazing, simple testimonies.
  • Primary programs! I feel the spirit so strongly at those! No wonder God asks us to become like little children. They are so happy and grateful!
  • My family of course. I have been so lucky to be blessed with such a great family!
  • My friends. Each one of you who reads this, you have impacted my life enormously! I have such special friends!
  • Strangers I meet at the Credit Union...I met a family with 6 Autistic children( who have such a beautiful view on life. Thank you Kirtons for showing me how life can be despite the challenges.
  • Being a good example to try to impact peoples lives for the better.
  • Being in Church.
  • Expanding your horizons by placing yourself in difficult situations and taking every good opportunity you can.
  • Accomplishing goals.
  • Diversifying your life.
  • Traveling and experiencing culture shock!
  • Recognizing that you have control over your life and happiness!


Mike and Brenna said...

Sounds like the beginning of a self-help book!