The Happiness Advantage
People are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. ~Abraham Lincoln
Those of you who know me will remember that I don’t make ‘normal’ resolutions. Seems like no one does anymore. I guess we all figured out that they don’t work/last. However, I do pray and ask to have a spiritual theme for the year. Some years I feel as if I am getting my theme direct from the Man Upstairs, but often I feel as if I’m free to choose a bit. That is how it went this year. I decided that I want to be ‘content’ this year. I do believe old Abe was right. We have to choose to be happy. It isn’t a destination, but a by-product and a choice. At least that is what I think. Now I’m finding some great backup info on how choosing is part of it!
Isn’t he hysterical? I’ll tell you, this guy’s list is simple and good. He says do these things:
- Count your blessings – 3 new things you’re grateful for x 21 days in a row
- Meditate – focus, no multitasking!
- Random acts of kindness – 1 positive email praising someone
Not hard, definitely worth a shot. Here are two additions to the list for me:
Honestly, when I’m in my sewing room, my dopamine is sky high! Yesterday I made my big sister Mimi one of these lunch bags. I did manage to make one for myself at the same time – hee hee
Ayumi’s directions are perfect. Find them HERE.
What will you sew to make yourself more content this year?
Happy and Contented Quilting!