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The Pursuit of Happiness May 17, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.

Life is not always going to be Pleasantville.

We are here to learn, grow, and challenge ourselves ~ while encouraging others to do the same.

Fortunately, it is not what happens to us in life that determines our happiness ~ it is how we view what happens to us.

How we relate to the issue, is the issue.”

When we view obstacles as opportunities, we can choose happiness most of the time.

For example, when learning to bowl, we often learn more from our gutter balls, than we do from perfectly thrown strikes and spares ~ unless, of course, we collapse into a puddle (bemoaning our fate or, worse still, blaming the ball), each time we miss our mark.

When we stop playing “the victim,” by challenging ourselves to accept the inevitable set-backs in life and keep moving forward, we free ourselves from our self-constructed prisons and become the grand architects of our future.

When we retrain ourselves to focus on the positives, we are happier and have more energy.

That positive energy fills us with the creative enthusiasm and inspiration we need to live the life of our dreams.

Just begin . . . with a big grin . . . and the way will appear.

Related posts:  To Dream the Impossible Dream *  Brave New Adventures * Happiness ~ Check it Out * The Last Lecture  * Good Vibrations


1. Mid-Thirty Misfit - May 17, 2010

I stumbled across your blog by accident, but I’m glad I did. I am going to start my new work day with a big grin tomorrow and see where the road takes me from there. Thanks for a little inspiration!

2. nrhatch - May 17, 2010

Glad you enjoyed! Let me know how the grin works out!

A related post I failed to mention above:


3. cindy - May 18, 2010

Very uplifting Nancy!

nrhatch - May 18, 2010

I know how easy it is to get de-railed by our counter-productive thoughts.

I also have learned how simple it is to get “back on track.”

When we shift our perspective from hopeless to hopeful . . . all sorts of avenues open to us.

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