Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Happy Habits 2

Here is a cumulative review of some habits that will help us reset our homepage and stay in our happy place. Some of the techniques might be relevant to more than one step. The list of all 10 steps was posted Feb. 3.

Step 1. Give yourself permission to be happy.

When you become aware that you are resisting happiness, remind yourself, “Fun is good.”

When you have a choice to make, choose in alignment with your passions.

Step 3. Give up the delusion of control.

When you sense your anxiety rising because things are not turning out the way you planned, take a deep breath and say to yourself, “The life-span of the butterfly is precisely the right length.”

When life presents you with a game change, try to open rather than close your heart and see what happens.

Step 4. Feel your feelings.

Try to accept your feelings. All of them. Just acknowledge them and say, “This, too. This, too.”

Step 6. Judge not.

Before you jump to judgment about a situation, remind yourself, “Who knows if it is good or bad?”

Step 7. Practice compassion.

As you go through your day, notice people. Remind yourself that the person you are noticing might be Jesus.

Step 8. Forgive everyone.

When your heart feels hard, contemplate Amish forgiveness.

If you are unable to forgive someone, bless that person every time you think of her. You might say, “God bless [name] and please help me mean it." Repeat until you do!

Step 9. Develop an attitude of gratitude.

When something rubs you the wrong way, say, “I’m grateful for that!” Keep thinking of things to be grateful for until you really are grateful.

Step 10. Enter the gate.

When life presents you with a game change, try to stay in the present moment. Stay open and listen. Attend.

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