Open your eyes

“It isn’t always a change of scenery needed to make life better. Sometimes it simply requires opening your eyes.” ~Richelle E. Goodrich

It’s so easy to believe that the grass is greener somewhere else (or some other time or under some other conditions), but our focus on wishing we were elsewhere causes us to miss out on the beauty and happiness available to us right here in this moment in this place.

Take a moment right now to be fully present here and now to truly see and appreciate how much good is already present.

 

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The art of being happy

cup of tea on wood table with chair in background

“The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.” ~Henry Ward Beecher

Are you waiting for happiness to arrive around the next bend in the road? After you’ve met your next goal? After someone else does something? After something else happens?

Or have you taken responsibility for your own happiness? Finding it in each moment as it is. Extracting it from the small joys of life?

A happier state of mind

Two blossoms against a colorful background

“To be interested in the changing seasons is … a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.” ~George Santayana

It’s always tempting to cling to our preferences, but that will leave us unhappy when those things to which we cling are absent. It’s so much easier to be happy when we engage with whatever is actually present instead of clinging to our favorite. We can still enjoy our preferences when they happen to be present, but we can remain happy even when they are not.