We are all on the same journey – all of us, at our core, are in pursuit of happiness. While some people find it easy and early, others search their entire lives for happiness and joy. The former understands something that the latter doesn’t – that it is you who creates joy.
When we look at people who are joyous and consistently happy, we can trace back their behavior, actions, and thoughts to determine how they got the end result. I encourage you to take note of these thoughts and consider how you can apply them in your life to feel good.
• I am what I am
Your vulnerabilities shouldn’t hold you back, they don’t make you weak. In fact, it can be your biggest strength. You are who you are, and you are adequate as you are. While society is quick to cut everyone down to the lowest common denominator, you don’t have to allow that to happen. You can fight. It will be a struggle, but by holding onto the thought that I am what I am can be used to inject joy into your life.
• What Hurts Me Most Is My Greatest Strength
We all have weaknesses. We all react poorly when someone points that weakness out. Even if you actively ignore those people, it still hurts. The joyful people in your life are no different, except they recognize that the weakness can become their greatest strength. It might make you feel weak right now, but you can recognize the opportunities it brings
• My Anger Hurts Me More Than It Does The Object Of My Anger
When you hold anger directed at someone else, what’s the point? Does it hurt them? Not at all. Does it hurt you? Absolutely. You only damage your joy by holding onto anger, pain, and hurt. The other person has moved on and you should do the same. A happy person is not a grudge-holder. It’s a waste of energy that only harms you.
• Worry Is A Bet On The House
When you get caught up in worry and anxiety, you’re betting against yourself. Some people naturally worry about anything and everything that pops into their minds. They lose sleep, pace, bite their nails, play with their hair, and indulge in bad habits. Worry means that you believe a negative outcome is brewing. You’re literally betting with the house and against yourself. Manage your worries and choose positivity if you want to find joy.
• I Can Gain In The Face Of Tragedy
This one might be difficult to swallow. The inevitability of life is that terrible things will happen. That’s a truth that cannot be ignored. What we have been taught as a society is that losing your job is the worst thing that could happen, that the end of a relationship is a catastrophe. These aren’t great things to happen, they come with hurt, but society has also taught us overreacting and negativity are acceptable. Truly joyful people experience a gamut of negative emotions, but they have the power to put space between themselves and the situation to find the positive. You can gain even in the face of what feels like (or is) a tragedy.
The thoughts you have that make you feel good may be some of those discussed above. However, there may be unique thoughts you have that bring you joy. My advice? Identify the thoughts that make you feel good and hold onto them to create joy.
Reduce your negative thinking and start focusing on the positive aspects of your life. When you experience a negative thought over the next week, make a conscious decision to replace it with a positive thought. This will help you retrain your thought patterns to be more positive. You have the power to create joy – so, what are you waiting for?
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