“Happiness cannot be far behind with a grateful heart and a peaceful mind.”
Happiness is feeling the sun. Gently treading water in a warm, clear Atlantic Ocean. Flowing waves lifting you up and down.
Peaceful is what allows you to notice it.
Happiness is a feeling you have when you are content. It is the sun shining, smiles, and getting what you want. It’s feeling good. Being independent. Thinking positively. Not feeling bad. Looking forward to good things yet to come.
Peaceful is a quiet feeling inside even though you don’t get what you want. A state of calm that will not change. Not tormented by thoughts, failing, suffering, pain.
What makes us happy:
Getting an A on an exam
A good job
A good relationship
Peace is not dependent on good or bad things or whether or not your heart is open or closed. It is permanent.
Happiness is a feeling of contentment that can change. It is when you are satisfied with your current situation. It can be lost as easily as it is found.
Peace is just who you are. Peace isn’t when you are trying to control your world. It is being OK with “what is” without trying to change it. It is a strength that comes from inside you.
Realize that true happiness lies within you. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and joy in the world outside.
Find Peace of Mind
Meditation and yoga can help you find your inner peace, so you can focus on here and now. Our minds race with thoughts. We think about the past, present, and future. What we said. What we did. Are we good enough?
Peaceful is being mindful so you focus what you are doing versus what you are thinking.
Peaceful is without ongoing negative thinking.
Anxiety and negative thinking linger because of our resistance to feeling uncomfortable. We can learn how to be peaceful by practicing mindfulness. And we can change our bad habit of negative thinking by recognizing the negative thoughts, writing them down, and changing them into truthful thoughts.
Mindfulness is identifying your thoughts and jumping out of the circular thinking.
Be a little more of you, and a lot less them.
Happiness is diving into the waves at the beach
Peace is gently floating in a warm lake
Happiness is a laughing and making noise
Peace is a content smile
Happiness is on the edge
Peace leans back in comfort
When you are peaceful, you are happier.
Happiness is peace of mind.
Peaceful It is the ultimate happiness.
If you can’t be grateful with what you already have, how can you be happy with more?
How can we be happy and peaceful?
1. Be your true self
2. Know who you are and what you want
3. Love yourself
4. Spend time with those who matter
5. Be grateful for small things
6. Do what you love
7. Keep learning
8. See obstacles as opportunities
9. Keep striving (face your fears)
10. Be around happy people
11. Aim higher for your ideal life
12. Find the good in every day
The journey isn’t about being a different person, but loving who you are right now.
Let’s live on the edge – AND – lean back in comfort!
Happiness is a feeling of satisfaction. We know who we are so we can figure out what makes us happy.
Peaceful is when you accept who you are (the good, the bad, the ugly) without judgement – Loving yourself now without trying to earn it. It is your own personal sanctuary
What Helped Me
When I was anxious, I didn’t feel peaceful – or – happy. My negative thoughts were out of control, and I worried. About my health – what I said – what I did – If I was good enough
I didn’t think I deserved to be happy. If something good happened, I thought something bad was just around the corner. Other people seemed to be happy, but mine wouldn’t last.
I wrote down my thoughts
Recognizing my negative thoughts, writing them down, and changing them into truthful ones helped me find peace of mind. Yoga and meditation did too. Each helped me pay attention to what I was thinking.
It’s not easy to love myself all the time. When I’m anxious or uneasy, it is because I am not paying attention to my thinking. I’m not being in the present. Instead, I am worrying or being self-conscious.
But I learned how to bring myself back. I’ll say to myself, “Be present.” Or, “Be indifferent.” I try to be indifferent towards people who don’t bring me up. I don’t take it personally because if they bring me down, they don’t love me, or care about me.
Nothing bad will happen if I am happy
I am choosing to love myself instead of being negatively affected. Loving myself means that I deserve to feel happy and peaceful. I have to take care of myself first, so I can best help my family.
The alternative is to say yes when I mean no. Keep my opinions to myself. Expect too much of myself. Wonder if I’m good enough. Feel anxious or depressed.
When I am accepting myself with all that is bad about me –I know that “I. Am. Enough”.
If I were stuck in negative thinking, I would miss all the little things that I can be grateful for. And the little things make a big difference.
What do you need to do so you can be your true self?