Have you noticed how your state of mind changes with daily, routine or life events? But have you noticed that the outcomes of events also changes based on your state of mind?
Mirriam Webster defines Happy as:
We have become very complacent in our lives. We just move through our day, one thing after another never really paying attention to our emotions, reactions, or others as they move through their day. Our expectations have been lowered and we don’t expect much from others except to meet our needs.
Some things to think about that could change the outcome of your experiences could be acting deliberately in every situation . For example, showing kindness, empathy, smiling and being intentional about your interactions with people. For example a grumpy cashier. Instead of just accepting her attitude, perhaps giving her a smile or wishing her a better day will change the outcome of your interaction with him/her.
I once heard something that has stuck with me, and that I practice. Make a list of a few tangible things that make you happy. Maybe it’s a particular scented candle, or a linen handkerchief that belonged to someone special, listening to an upbeat song. Whatever it is, make sure it’s small and you can carry it around. When you find yourself in that un-happy mood, pull out your “little bit” of happiness. Take a couple of minutes and enjoy your little bit of happiness and watch how your mood and state of mind shifts. For me, I have a Yankee candle that I love. When I find myself in that unhappy place, I pull it out light it and just absorb the fresh, clean scent. I also keep pictures that are special to me on my phone. They instantly change my state of mind! There is a song by Clint Black called "State of Mind" (http://www.metrolyrics.com/state-of-mind-lyrics-clint-black.html). It is a great song and one I listen to frequently because he talks about this very subject. Take a listen.
Living with intention allows us to accomplish more, be happier, control outcomes a little better and generally be more pleasant to be around.
What makes you happy? Share with us in the comments below.