This morning I wrote a blurb about happiness, like Goodreads doesn’t have over 10,000 quotes on it! However, since I have let you into my brain as I rewrite The Fellowship of the Heart, I will explain why and how such a common topic even prompted thoughts.
One reason is it simply feels good to be happy. Who doesn’t want to be happy? Actually, I know people who only want to be happy when it’s on their terms. I can hear someone now saying, “Don’t we all want to set the terms?” Nope, we don’t. Those who can only be happy on their own terms are operating in ego. As I’ve said before, the decision or non-decision to operate via ego isn’t an inferior one, but it is many times an unhappier one.
The reason I thought about happiness this morning, though, was because of Mike Dooley’s “Notes from the Universe,” which spoke about 10,000 reasons to be happy, and they are there every single day. The Universe channeled through Mike Dooley asked a question at the end that caught my attention: “How many do you see now?” Like right on the spot, right now, go! That takes a happiness mindset. Do you know where you get a happiness mindset? That’s right — straight from the Heart Operating System, hOS! While it may not make one a superior person, it certainly makes them happier.
That piece this morning made me think about the self-awakening that Eric Lafarnge just underwent in the novel. His job didn’t change, his marriage didn’t change, his location or home didn’t change, but he is beginning to see his life through a different filter, a different lens — his heart. He was happier, even about trying to revive his floundering marital relationship. Wonder what’s going to happen with Eric and Anne? Hmm!
Notes from the Universe combined with Eric’s experience made me take the challenge: right now. Go! Reasons to be happy. I recorded what I wrote on the spot this morning. I could expand that, but…well, I do think of a couple things as I write this. One thing that makes me happy is when I finish jobs, and even though my sinuses are screwed up, I’m happy that my lawn is mowed. I’m happy my puppies are both within five feet of me content and comfortable, knowing that in about an hour we’ll be going for our nightly walk. I’m happy for the nightly walk. Okay, since there are 10,000 reasons, this could go on for hours. But it only happens with a heart mindset.
I could complain about sinuses and not think about a finished job, at least not in a happy way. I could think how tedious it is to go out at ten or ten-thirty every night of the year. No, my heart says these things are good, these things are at least indirectly linked to my life purpose, so they make me happy. Yes. Simple things for me. I am happy virtually every time I see a child, and interestingly, babies and toddlers especially almost always smile at me, even when they are crying, and people notice that all the time. Law of attraction, baby!
A quote has been running through my brain all day. Abraham Lincoln said in his homey, down to earth, heart wisdom, “Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.” Yes, and minds that are motivated and energized by Heart can know thousands of things to be happy about today, tonight, even simple things like good news emails, little, local human interest stories, successes of others, social media posts and friends. Hey, don’t forget about family — husband, wife, brothers, sisters, and you get the idea.
So what excites you, makes you glad, elicits a smile, enthuses you, makes you eager to act? Yeah, those are all happiness indicators.
It’s all about what lens, what operating system is running our mind at any given time. The more we choose Heart, the happier we will be. Wise man, Abraham Lincoln.
Questions to consider:
How many times have you asked yourself or simply thought about the following questions?
Who am I, really?
What is my truth?
How do my actions reveal what I really feel and believe?
What would I do with my life if I could do anything?
What is my passion?
Why am I here?
How can I discover answers to any of these questions?
If you have considered any of these questions, I hope that my experiences and writing will give you some guidance. Please read my blog and comment and share your thoughts. I would love to hear from you!