Posted By Susan Bernhardt

Since 1776, the concept of "the pursuit of happiness" has been held sacred in our national consciousness. But how can we get happiness and keep it? Unassuming enough questions, yet they have given rise to books, articles, and spiritual teachings. 

A great way to start one's quest, during this month of giving thanks, is the miracle of gratitude. I am truly blessed, with a loving family and extended family and great friends. For years I kept a gratitude journal, writing down most nights five things I was grateful for that day. The simple act of counting my blessings shifted my perception to such an extent that it changed how I saw the world. It heightened my sense of well-being. The more I practiced gratitude, the more I found I had to be grateful for and the more present I became. Wouldn't it be a great idea to think about who you are grateful for and then tell them? It's a simple thing to do and this expression of gratitude would bless both you and the receiver. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't tell someone that I love them or that I value them as a friend. 

"Happiness is like a kiss. You must share it to enjoy it." --Bernard Meltzer. 

There are many Hollywood movies with spirited melodrama about the dysfunctional family at Thanksgiving, but relationships, family and friends, are the heart of happiness. I have found it's important to forgive and forget. And it makes sense that if you show love and kindness and happiness to the world, it will flow back into your life. 

It's important to be optimistic. My husband keeps me on the straight and narrow in regards to this. If I stray no matter how slightly, he'll remind me to be positive. (Which can get very annoying...lol.) Research has found that the physical act of smiling and laughing released endorphins into the body that increased one's sense of well-being. It doesn't do any good to dwell on negative things, which if you do, gives those things endless power.

Those on a religious and spiritual path are more likely to say they are very happy. A strong spiritual faith has helped me to connect to what is real, what is now, and what has been given to me. Prayer helps me to see the happiness that already exists in my center.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 
2 Comment(s):
Susan Bernhardt said...
Thank you, J.Q. for reading my blog and responding. I had no idea about the negativism. I tried to connect with your daughter's posts. We were out of the country when her program was running. I hope she runs it again so I can join in. Merry Christmas my friend.
December 14, 2018 02:35:02
 
JQ Rose said...
Great post. It is hard to be positive, but I am learning from my daughter to do that. It's hard to live with someone who is negative all the time. Thanks for your inspiring words.
November 17, 2018 06:33:07
 
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