Let's Talk Happiness

by - July 14, 2011

Ask my kids what I repeat over and over to them on a daily basis. MAKE A CHOICE TO BE HAPPY! It's a phrase that comes in handy during those oh-so-fun tantrums that accompany young children. Or whenever they are pouting or disappointed they didn't get their way or (enter any other reason they give me the evil eye) .They probably have those words on mute in their heads, I say it so often. But if it comes across to them at least once in their lifetime and sticks ... I mean realllly sticks, then my mouth on repeat was a success. Because in the end, isn't that's what happiness is about? A choice. Simple, really.

We can't wait on others to make us happy, we can't wait for the stars to align and life to spontaneously sprout to exactly what we've envisioned it to be - the perfect job, the perfect children, the ideal body, the right timing. Such a mentality would just be setting yourself up for, well, unhappiness. I was privy to sit in on a fantastic discussion on emotional self reliance. I had never thought of it that way -- self reliance. It's learning how to be happy, not despite what life throws at you, but because of what life throws at you. Finding GRATITUDE in your trials. We all have em. Yep. Trials, difficulties, hiccups, curveballs ... they exist for all. And without getting into what I believe to be the spiritual reason why this is so, let's just say this: Life is Short. Be Happy. Consider this lesson from Anne Frank:


"At such moments I don't think about all the misery, but about the beauty that still remains. This is where Mother and I differ greatly. Her advice in the face of melancholy is: 'Think about all the suffering in the world and be thankful you're not part of it.' My advice is: 'Go outside, to the country, enjoy the sun and all nature has to offer. Go outside and try to recapture the happiness within yourself; think of all the beauty in yourself and in everything around you and be happy.'

I don't think Mother's advice can be right, because what are you supposed to do if you become part of the suffering? You'd be completely lost. On the contrary, beauty remains, even in misfortune. If you just look for it, you discover more and more happiness and regain your balance. A person's who's happy will make others happy; a person who has courage and faith will never die in misery!"

-- Anne Frank, The Diary of Anne Frank, March 6, 1944


Choosing to be happy sounds simple enough, but I believe it takes practice. The more we practice making that choice, the easier it will become until one day it won't be a cognizant choice at all. It'll just become part of us. You know, like those perpetually happy people who radiate light and others are drawn to them. Yes, I want to be one of those. Practice.


To help get that happy bug going, let's discuss some fantastic natural ways to help boost your mood.

- Drink water. Aim for 64 oz per day.

- Adequate sleep. 7-8 hrs per day.

- Eat a nutritious diet. Whole foods are your best bet.

- Exercise. Don't intimidate yourself with hard-core cardio if you're just starting out. Walking around your neighborhood is just as effective.


Essential Oils that help with emotional stability and happiness.

Spearmint, Sweet Orange, Millenia, Tranquility, Frankincense


And lastly, some spiritual enlightenment regarding happiness.

Happiness in Family Life (website with resources)

The Happiness Project (source: Lewisville Texas Stake Relief Society)

Be of Good Cheer: Choosing Happiness (article)

We Can Find Happiness (6 minute inspirational video on happiness)

A list of resources on Finding Happiness


Til next time. Be happy, my friends.

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