Some say New Year's resolutions are silly. I disagree. The purpose of incarnating into physical beings, is to evolve, to expand, to increase the knowledge and wisdom of the Whole through our physical experience. We should constantly be trying to be better, in whatever way feels good to us.
One area where we can always improve, is happiness. For some reason, we humans seem to be miserable a lot of the time. We lose sight of the notion that we ought to be giddy just because we're here. We're alive! We're in bodies! We're on Earth! These are blessings we don't appreciate nearly enough, probably because we don't really know the alternatives. They're beyond our current ability to comprehend.
If you can shift the balance of your mood scales a little more toward optimism than pessimism, you’ll see an instant and undeniable change in your life. The simplest definition of optimism is to expect good things. Pessimism is to expect bad things. Quantum Physics seems to be pointing toward reality being created by us according to what we expect. We experience what expect to experience. So by becoming more optimistic, we create more good things in our lives.
How do I do this?
If you’ve ever said this, it’s time for a big change. Realize that you will never be happy if your happiness depends on the behavior of others. Your spouse, your kids, your parents, your employers. Doesn’t matter. Happiness isn’t something other people give to you. It’s a choice, one that you have to make for yourself. Choose to be happy no matter what other people are doing. Choose to be happy because it feels better to be happy than to be miserable. Choose to be happy consistently, so that your mood isn’t whipped by the winds and whims of others.
Stop hanging around with people who are morose and complaining, and choose to spend time with people who are cheerful and upbeat. If you find yourself with a complainer, resist the urge to dive into the fun and start complaining yourself. (It's a real risk. Complaining is contagious. Again, I refer you to the bracelet challenge.)
How do I do this?
Next time we'll discuss some easy ways to be more spiritual in the coming year.
Now, go start practicing being happier!