I want to be happy.

Don’t you? Doesn’t that sound like a fantastic idea?

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What do we have to do to feel happy?

That’s the challenge we all face. In especial when we’re inundated with conflict and messages of exclusion and hate and fear. Hard to find happy when there are so many messages that are the opposite.

It is time to take back our power and do what it takes to be happy.

It might be something grand, like taking a vacation or relocating to another country or selling off all your possessions and walking the earth. To each their own.

It might be a bit easier than that. Go online and look for silly cat pictures. Watch dogs and other animals do ridiculously cute things. Go outside and sit in the sun. Go outside and sit in the rain. Walk in the woods. Do anything physical. Put on a movie or TV show or any video that makes you feel good, that makes you feel happy. Spend time with loved ones. Eat chocolate. Read a book.

Why do we deny ourselves opportunities to be happy? Because we have come to believe that we don’t deserve it.

We have been taught that happiness is something earned. You can’t just have it, it is not your right it is a privilege. You have to work to be happy. You have to put out effort and struggle and sacrifice to be happy.

This is completely backwards. Happiness shouldn’t just be some reward, it is everybody’s right. We all deserve happiness, we all should be able to find happiness in whatever forms we can. It doesn’t need to be some reward for a job well done or hard work, it should just be something we are all worthy of. We are all deserving of happiness.

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What makes me happy is probably different from what makes you happy. Nothing wrong with that, but we have to recognize that nobody’s happiness should be at the expense of anyone else’s. You being happy does not detract from my being happy, so we should all have opportunities, means and options to be happy.

Positivity builds happiness. Feeling positive leads to feeling good, which is a key to feeling happy. It’s pretty close to impossible to feel happy when you are dealing in negativity.

Claim your happiness. Don’t be afraid, do whatever you can to feel happy.

Finding positivity is not hard, it just requires action. Knowing that we all want to be happy, and it is not something we need to earn, we should take steps to do things that make us feel happy. When we work on being happy, we make ourselves feel good, and in the process we empower ourselves. When we feel empowered, we often spread that feeling to others around us, and as such can build more positive feelings. We can use the positive feelings this generates to dissolve negative feelings. When we take away negative feelings, we open up space to let in positive feelings, and that is something we can be grateful for. Gratitude leads to happiness. Happiness is the ultimate positive attitude. Positive attitude begets positive energy, and that is always a good thing.

 

This is the one hundred tenth entry of my Positivity series.  It is my hope these weekly messages might help spread positive energies for everyone.  Feel free to share, re-blog and spread the positivity.