6 Tricks to Happiness – Happiness is choice

6 Tricks to Happiness Happiness is choice…. as is anything we do.

1. Be yourself, not someone else that people expect you to be. Not their way, but your way.

If you take a look at all of the people you admire, my guess is most of those made the decision to pull away from the crowd at some point in their life. This could be a soul who seemed to be “different” from the moment they could walk and talk. You will hear people say they knew there was something different about that one. A light that shone. Another, who after a pivotal time in their lives took stock of themselves and made the decision to throw caution to the wind and change who they were. Then there are those who feel within their inner being, there is a missing key on the keyboard. They know it is in there somewhere… but how to access it? What note does it play? And how does this missing key “fit in” with all the other keys they are playing? What song are they trying to write and sing?


As Glinda the good witch says to Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, “You’ve always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself.”

It is so important that when those voices pop up out of nowhere, and tell us, you aren’t good enough, smart enough, tall enough, or the world won’t accept what you have created, that we connect to them. We need to heal where these feelings, thoughts and opinions of ourselves have come from and accept that we have the power to change who we are, how we are and how we relate to our world.

We need to stop trying to be perfect! Perfection is a manifestation of another’s version of what we need to be. Let us decide right now, that we are just fine as we are, what we are and who we have inside of us that we have not let the world see yet.

2. Do what feels right in your heart. Not your mind, your heart.

Time to give ourselves permission to listen to what the heart, the organ with true intelligence, has to say to us. The mind is ego and a combination of all that we have been told, read, heard from other’s perspectives about us and life.

Light the joy in your heart, allow it to take you to new and wonderful places.

3. Make the decision to spend time connecting to nature.

We have become a society so far removed from the very source of our existence that we don’t realize a simple act can bring us back to a more authentic connection to who we are. As simple as removing your shoes and socks and walking in the grass and feeling the ground beneath us. Reconnecting us to Mother Earth. Going for a walk in the forest, on the beach, even a park in the middle of a concrete city can help restore our connection to our inner being. Ask the birds and butterflies to come close and share the message they have. We have lost our ability to communicate with the animals, birds, trees, flowers and so many other creatures and expressions of nature. We share this planet, we don’t own it.

Imagine a walk along a path in a forest. The beautiful rays of sunlight streaming down through the pine branches. We lift our faces to the sky and feel the warmth of the sun. We come to a clearing in a dense thicket. In the silence of the moment we stop. We have come upon a deer, peacefully resting. This is a moment in time that, if we allow it, will make us feel a connection to a deeper place.

4. Help others.

The sense of making a difference in another person’s life can keep us riding a high for days to come. The elderly woman trying to open her apartment door with her hands full needs a second pair of hands. You can be those hands. Do you have a tool that you could loan your neighbour to help make his job a bit easier? Do you know how to fix a problem, and you can help another who is struggling?

5. Right in line with helping others. “Pay it Forward.” Give it away.

It costs you nothing to give someone a smile who seems down. Watch their face transform. You are in line to buy a coffee and you hear the guy behind you mumbling to himself that he can’t find his debit card. You reach the counter and you say to the clerk, please allow me to pay for the fellow behind me. Can you imagine the joy and happiness he will feel as a result of what you have just done for him? And during the course of his day, perhaps he will find it in his heart to “Pay it Forward.” Be willing to give your heartfelt words to another, a smile, a lunch, those possessions that you no longer feel are of use to you, can be for someone else. Perhaps help them get back on their feet.

We have nothing to lose by sharing what we have, no matter how small or insignificant we believe it be. And the most important point, be ready to do this without expectation of a thank you. Give from your heart because you can and want to. Remember the musical trio who made the decision to help the homeless man? What they took away was the feeling that for a few minutes they were not only responsible for helping the man eat for another day, but they put into his heart the feeling that he was loved and important by strangers who cared not who he was or where he had come from.

6. And finally, make the choice to do those things that bring you happiness.

If you are feeling down and sad, you can decide to move from that feeling and propel yourself out of that place. Whatever those things are that bring you to a place where you can smile or feel a warm butterfly feeling in your belly, go and do it. Who is stopping you?

My wish for you is that you connect with that place inside of you, the true happy place, and make the decision to share it. Written by Gracepetals. To know more about her, click here.

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