Blueprint to Happiness

While this is a Cardinal, think you get my drift…

In these days of corona here are some simple helps to get through the day:

  • Close your eyes and think of something that relaxes you.
  • Step away from the craziness even if it is to hide out in a bathroom.
  • Appreciate your home. Sit in a comfortable chair, take deep breaths.
  • Think of the people who help you through life, give them a call, text or email telling them how grateful you are for them.
  • Start a journal – doesn’t have to be fancy, the blank back of a piece of paper. Just start..
  • Look over your to do list, send it blessings and gratitude.
  • Think of the successes you have had in this day. If only that you got out of bed.
  • Think positive. Think happy thoughts.
  • Go outside and look at the sky.
  • Force yourself to smile.
  • Think of something funny, laugh.
  • Rent the movie It’s a Wonderful Life..
  • Seek out web sites with articles on happiness and how to be..
  • Read Authentic Happiness by Martin Seligman. It speaks to personal well being. Think you are okay, as you are…
  • Pet a dog, walk your dog, purchase a dog..
  • Write a list of your strengths, read it daily.
  • Eat well. Limit sugar, caffeine, alcohol.
  • Exercise.
  • Have more sex.
  • Pray.
  • Plant an herb garden or any type of garden.
  • Get your hands in dirt, feel the Earth.
  • Don’t dwell on past events. Stay present.
  • Choose what you want to think about.
  • When bad thoughts appear, tell yourself to change the channel and think of something else.
  • Limit the news.
  • Rid yourself of negative influences and people.
  • Appreciate yourself. Say good things about yourself.
  • If you have health concerns, don’t dwell on them..
  • Use positive affirmations, “I am extremely healthy.” You will be surprised as they work.
  • Tell those you love that you love them.
  • Walk barefoot.
  • Take a bubble bath.
  • Smell spices, burn candles, incense.
  • Be grateful for all you have, especially the small things. From small grows large, remember the mustard seed..

Recently I had a melt down and feel much shame from this. We all go through times when we are not proud of our actions. But after the appropriate angst I have decided to think of this as a gift and forgive myself. That is probably the best gift we can give ourselves.

It is a challenging time we are all going through, but if we do the work, and pull together we will get through this.

Have faith.

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