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Waiting for Happiness

Too many of us save our best selves for a rainy day. We wait for love to find us, for our life’s purpose to show up, for some shot of good luck to turn our lives around. Sadly, many of us will wait forever.

While you wait holding onto the good China/outfit/attitude for some perfect moment, you’re missing out on many memorable ones along the way. True happiness isn’t defined by what happens to you. It’s carving out joyful memories along the way.

“…happiness can simply be described as the satisfaction we feel when we are in ultimate accord, however, briefly, in being and doing. In those unified moments, our purpose is life and our talent is living it in its most immediate detail, be it drying the dishes or raking the leaves or washing the baby’s hair.” – Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening

Don’t wait for the perfect relationship or a slew of good news before you give yourself permission to be happy. Take these posts this week as a sign that you can create your own moments of happiness with patience, practice and by empowering yourself. Choose happiness for this moment regardless of what you’re going through.

{Etsy illustration by Shelli Dorfe!}

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6 Lessons to Teach Kids About Money
(Parenting Tips) – How do you talk to your kids about money? Is paying your child an allowance to do chores a good thing? Find out the best ways to attempt this difficult topic with ease.

For Students (And All of Us!) The First Priority Must Be Sleep
(Always Learning) – Getting enough sleep is a problem most of us face. When you’re a student it’s particularly important to make sleep a priority. How do you do it? These tips should help.

Now Moment: Balance Your Brain’s Negativity Bias with Food
(Mindfulness & Psychotherapy) – Instead of focusing on what’s not working in your life, this post teaches you to savor the good that’s right in front of you. Read it before your next meal.

The WRAP Model for Decision Making
(The Emotionally Sensitive Person) – Whether you’re an indecisive person or just having a difficult time making a decision on something right now, you’ll appreciate this post. Learn the best strategies to help you make better choices.

 


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    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 11 Apr 2013
    Published on PsychCentral.com. All rights reserved.

APA Reference
Uyemura, B. (2013). Best of Our Blogs: April 12, 2013. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 21, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2013/04/12/best-of-our-blogs-april-12-2013/

 

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