CHOOSE to be happy

April 23, 2008 at 10:04 am (Uncategorized)

I read an article in the Sunday Herald Sun and thought I’d share some of the author’s comments as well as a few of my own thoughts.

The author, Dr Timothy Sharp states that happiness is not that elusive. It’s all about the choices we make. He breaks down the word CHOOSE into six key happiness strategies.

C – Clarity of goals, direction and life purpose. Happy people tend to have a clearer sense of purpose and are able to define and reach their goals. I really believe in goal setting and I mean sitting down regularly (6 – 12 months) and writing down your goals. When you write down your goals, they become real. Review them regularly so you don’t lose track of where you want to go.

H – Healthy living, including regularly physical activity, eating well, getting enough sleep, mental health etc. A healthy body definitely helps your mental health and well being. You won’t be happy if you’re regularly feeling sick and or tired. Get fit, eat well, get enough sleep and the energy levels will return and you’ll feel better about yourself.

O – Optimistic thinking. Be positive but also realistic. I believe being optimistic is a key to addressing and overcoming challenges effectively. Optimist can be learnt, so if you’re not naturally optimistic, get on the web and find the tools to help your improve.

O – Others. Happiness is not always about satisfying your own needs. Making other people happy definitely bring you happiness and fosters stronger and more fulfilling relationships. Happy people tend to make other people happy.

S – Strengths, your core talents, qualities and attributes. Happy people tend to know their strengths and obtain maximum benefits from these qualities. Don’t get down on yourself about what you can do, concentrate on what you’re good at and do it as much as possible.

E – Enjoy the moment. Happy people learn from the past and plan for the future but they’re much better living in, and appreciate, the present. Don’t get hung up on what happened yesterday or stress out about things that may happen, focus on the here and now and what you can control.

This post may be a few helpful tips towards improving your happiness levels. I really enjoyed this article and I hope you can also get something from these tips as well.

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