If ya wanna be happy for the rest’a your life,
Then follow my simple advice…
To the tune of Kid Creole & The Coconuts version of If You Want To Be Happy
How To Be Happy Today – 2 Ideas…
1. Shut-Up More Often!
Why you should lockdown your mouth:
People you hang with already know everything you know (they don’t, but they ‘think’ they do). Sooo, don’t waste your breath because they ‘ain’t gonna hear you.
Most people you meet for the 1st time will want to impress you with their chops…
Keep it zipped and let ’em be the cool & interesting one.
You just might learn something in the process.
Plus, when you listen, people tend to like you better, think you’re super smart and consider you a great conversationalist!
2. Stop Thinking So Much!
You’d be in a lotta trouble if you suddenly stopped judging your surroundings and adjusting to incoming signals.
I mean, my wife’s eyes sometime project a ‘look’ that sends me to somewhere she’s not…
But, I’m not talking about that kinda thinking.
Nope, it’s the other thinking we do when we think we’re not thinking and then ‘wake-up’ and realize our mind is busy, uh ‘thinking’.
Replacing that type of thinking with awareness, is a key to happiness.
You can’t relive your past. Nor can you predict future events…
Time spent thinking about either, changes nothing and opens wide the door for sadness and worry. Worse yet, this brand of thinking blocks out the joy of savoring the act of living.
When you’re not thinking about disappointments from days past, or worrying about the possibilities of tomorrow, you’re able to fully enjoy what you’re doing at the moment.
Remembering the past is only useful for acknowledging lessons learned.
Planning for the future could help you achieve goals. Having plans and goals can sometimes calm your thoughts within the anguish of fearful nights.
Yet, the future unfolds as it will…
Accept what you can’t control. Then adjust your plans accordingly.
Concentrate upon those few things under your control, i.e. your actions, your choices and your attitude.
Everything else falls under the realm of chance, and aren’t your responsibility. Let them go…
Instead, become aware of your incessant thinking and judging. When you realize you’re doing it, replace that type of useless mind spinning with attention to what you’re doing at the moment…
Savoring the exotic tastes of a big, juicy slice of watermelon, needs no thinking and therefore sublime.
Hot water striking and rolling down your body during a relaxing shower, without letting your thoughts wander into your past or your future, will replace non-productive thinking with a knowing, and a feeling that you’re alive and kicking it…
Immersion within such commonplace moments, without judgement, or mind wandering, is a form of happiness you can experience immediately!
Both shutting up and not thinking, sound counter-intuitive. And, most people won’t take this simple advice…
All the more reason why you should practice them so you can be happy today!
Happiness Is A Warm Gun: