While sitting here pondering what I could write about I became distracted by a picture of a swing. You see one of my favorite things to do that brings me great happiness, is to swing on the swings!
I got lost in my thoughts and memories of times past when my dad would take us to the park to play or other times when we spent hours in our back yard swinging and playing with the neighborhood kids. It didn’t take a lot to find happiness back then! I started to think about the many people I know that are unhappy and stressed out more often then not. I believe happiness is a mindset and we have to decide to be happy.
When life gets stressful we have to consciously stop and remind ourselves of all that we have to be thankful for. Doing this always puts things in perspective for me, and it makes me see all that really matters. This exercise in gratitude changes my mindset and helps me to kick what could turn into a horrible pity party, to the curb!
Being a person of faith, I try to always rely on, and place my trust in God He knows better then I do, what I need. I pray that I succeed in raising my children to be independent adults with a heart for Christ and serving others. Isn’t that what we are called to do, serve one another? Serving others has always been a source for great joy and happiness for me.
“Galatians 5:13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.”
Here are some ideas to help you focus on happiness whenever you are struggling feeling overwhelmed, stressed or unhappy.
- Start a gratitude journal. I have used journals with prompts which can really help me when I am just not feeling it and I have also started to journal on cards in my planner. Whenever I am feeling down I begin to list all of the things I am thankful for in one of my journals. Just doing this makes me feel pretty happy! I challenge you to try this and do it daily for a week and then let me know if it helps you to be happy!
- I purchase flowers for myself or if I have any flowers in my yard, I pick them and set them on my table in a vase. Recently I bought beautiful yellow daffodils and set them outside my front door. I love seeing them as I walk in my home! Yellow daffodils in particular remind me of my grandma and bring a sense of joy when I see them. We spent most Sunday afternoons at my grandmother’s house when I was little and she had beautiful Yellow Daffodils by her front stoop.
- Take time to play or get outside with your family! Simply changing your scenery and getting some fresh air can work wonders for you and your mindset. When life gets stressful I love to go to the park and swing on the swings. It takes me back to my childhood and I remember our Sunday walks with my grandpa to the park around the corner from his house. We would play for hours while he read the newspaper sitting on the park bench. Swinging and feeling the breeze blow past my face as I soar in the sky is always a good stress reliever for me!
- Spend time doing something for someone else. There is no greater joy then helping another person and it can really put things in perspective.
- I love to drink coffee and tea! I have a couple of special mugs that I enjoy using because they inspire me! Recently I purchased these mugs after seeing them on the Money Saving Mom’s website and I love them! In fact I bought a couple of them to give as gifts.
- Spend time in the presence of Christ I find a tremendous peace in our adoration chapel at our church. I go there to find peace and to be close to Jesus. When I am sad or upset, or I need wisdom in dealing with a situation it always helps me to spend time with Christ. I sometimes sit there quietly and pray while other times I read scripture or say a rosary.
These are some things that I do, we are all different but I hope it gets you thinking about things that mean something to you and that you are able to find different activities you can do, to help you find your happiness! Life is too short and we can wallow in our frustrations, stress, and unhappiness, or we can choose to see the beauty in life and all of the many blessings we have that we need to be grateful for and choose happiness!