The word 'happiness' would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. Carl Jung
I found this quote one day and it stopped me short. I love to be happy, and I never want the sad times. Maybe I want only half the picture. Maybe I need to experience the sad times in order to enjoy the happy times.
I have a friend who had a daughter die in infancy. Her adult son just passed away, and yet she can find the positive in her situation.
“I am lonely for both my children, but I have the hope of being with them again in the next life.”
“I am very sad—devastated, of course. I have moments where I completely lose it and have to take to my bed for a few hours. But I have my precious memories to keep me going, and they seem to out weigh the sadness."
Sometimes our thoughts run ‘a muck.’ My thinking can put me in a funk that can cause me to isolate and sink into a cloud of depression.
How do I get out? Can I be as strong as my friend?
1. Get enough sleep.
In order to find happiness, I can’t get over tired.
2. Eat healthy foods.
Everyone has their own wisdom of the body. Use your wisdom to keep yourself feeling well.
Physical activity drives my life. If I want to feel good, I need to exercise. I sleep better at night. I have more energy if I work out. My life is just all around better.
4. Do something peaceful.
Many different things bring me peace. Music, reading, watching the sunset, sitting by a camp fire, watching the snow sift out of the sky. I love the time-out concept. It’s all for the best when I just let myself float for a little while.
5. Brain storm the positive things in life.
I periodically make myself a list of the good things in my world. I have to change it fairly often because my circumstances change. I love counting my blessings. They seem to multiply when I do.
6. Think positively.
With my brain storming list, I can create mantras.
My life is good. What about yours?