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25 Simple Ways To Enjoy The Journey March 6, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Music & Dance.

Broccoli-Mocking-Stewie1. Choose your focus. If you choose angry, judgmental thoughts, you will make yourself miserable. Choose peaceful, happy thoughts and you will be peaceful and happy.

2. Realize that you are in control and can let go of any mental baggage that is not adding to your happiness.

3. Choose to have a great day, every day.

4. Start each morning by affirming that it will be a Marvelous Monday . . . Tiggerrific Tuesday . . . Wonderful Wednesday . . . Tremendous Thursday . . . Fabulous Friday . . . Super Saturday . . . Spectacular Sunday.

Eeyore-Sitting5. Get rid of anything in your life that is not adding to your happiness ~ especially your negative thoughts.

6. Let go of past hurts and frustrations. They only have the meaning that you choose to assign to them.

7. Let go of the ego, fear-based orientation that has made you miserable.

8. Choose happiness ~ right here, right now.

9. Chances are that nothing is getting in the way of your happiness . . . except your own ego-oriented thoughts.

10. Joy is never in things (or other people), it is in us!

11. Find something to be happy about. Positive thoughts neutralize negative thoughts and allow us to heal.

Donald-Duck-Baseball12. Prefer peace and happiness to being right.

13. Accept the “what is.” If there is no darkness, you cannot be the light.

14. Infuse your thoughts with gratitude. Remind yourself of all the wondrous and wonderful things in life.

15. Use affirmations to acknowledge the direction you are heading ~ “claim what isn’t, as if it were, until it becomes.” A few examples: Money comes easily and frequently into my life. I love where I live. Life flows easily. I am no longer stressed with imaginings. I have all the time that I need.

16. Make room for stuff that you LOVE . . . stuff that makes you feel GREAT.

17. If you have something lying around that brings you down every time you look at, because it is infused with sad, stale memories ~ give it away.

Tiggers-R-Us18. Share what you’ve learned. We are ALL here to be happy. As you find your own happiness increasing, teach others what you’ve learned so that they can grow in happiness as well.

19. Share your inner joy with the world.

20. Choose to be the “best you” that you can be.

21. Every day, make an effort to choose the high road and, eventually, if you are lucky, the low road will disappear from view.

Tigger-Pogo22. Let your Spirit Shine! Feel your inner radiance. Stop lurking in the shadows. Stop holding yourself back. Be the who you really are, the who you are meant to be.

23. Do everything with Joy. Cook dinner with Joy. Bathe the kids with Joy. Exercise with Joy. Eat with Joy. Write letters with Joy. Pay the bills with Joy.

24. Feed your spirit daily, and let your ego’s control fade away. Listen to classical music, or paint, or play an instrument, or sing, or dance ~ creative endeavors fuel the spirit.

Mickey-In-Hammock25. Meditate. As you go within, and listen to the still silent spaces, you are in the here and now. And you find eternity in every moment.

You are on a great journey. The journey is in the Here and Now. Keep coming back to it. Dance and sing and play. Pretend, imagine and create.

Have fun with your life. You are more powerful than you imagined.

No rules. Just write!

What about you?  What Simple Ways do you use to promote Inner Peace?

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1. 1959duke - March 6, 2011

Great Stuff. Its always easier to complain and fuss.

nrhatch - March 6, 2011

Thanks, Duke.

People get in the habit of complaining and fussing because it gets them the attention that Ego seeks. But that attention does NOT provide lasting happiness or inner peace.

When we realize that our habits are not adding to our happiness, we begin to choose more fulfilling ways to live our lives.


2. granny1947 - March 6, 2011

All excellent advice Nancy…now if I can just remember to apply it!!!

nrhatch - March 6, 2011

What I’ve found over time . . . pick ONE. Practice that.

When you see that it works and that you feel happier and more content, pick another. Practice that.

Keep coming back to the task.

One more tip . . . if you’re happy. Just keep doing what you’re doing.

When you feel frustrated or ill at ease, look at the thoughts you are thinking and CHANGE THE CHANNEL. 😎

Tammy McLeod - March 7, 2011

Oh the power of one thing. That’s what I’ve been thinking about. Love this Nancy. I have much to learn.

nrhatch - March 7, 2011

There is POWER in taking even small steps in the right direction. As soon as we START, we signal the Universe that we really mean it (this time). 😀

3. Maggie - March 6, 2011

#6 and #17 are my favorites.

Very uplifting post. Thank you, Nancy. 🙂

nrhatch - March 6, 2011

Thanks, Maggie. Each of us have our own issues that trip us up.

I did have a few mementos lying around that always made me sad when I “bumped into them.” I got rid of them. Problem solved.

Have a Spectacular Sunday.

4. Debra - March 6, 2011

Thank you Nancy…yes letting go of Ego and chanting om mani padme hum. Practice …practice :):)

nrhatch - March 6, 2011

They call it “practicing meditation” for a reason . . . we gain with each effort without ever mastering the art.

Thanks, Debra.

5. Cities of the Mind - March 6, 2011

Awesome list! Not letting things drag us down is critically important to living life.

nrhatch - March 6, 2011

I agree, Connor.

When we bring the right attitude to the table, the meal served ALWAYS tastes better.

6. 1959duke - March 6, 2011

As Mac Davis said may years ago. “Youv’e Got to Stop and Smell the roses along the way”!

nrhatch - March 6, 2011


When we rush from point A to point B without seeing, tasting, hearing, touching, smelling, and enjoying all that is offered . . . stress builds and depletes our reserves.

We lose the enjoyment that we could feel in this moment.

Even taking a few seconds throughout the day to NOTICE what is being offered makes a tremendous difference in the quality of our daily lives.

Thanks, Duke.

7. Denice - March 6, 2011

Great post! Simple reminders we need to all embrace.

nrhatch - March 6, 2011

Thanks, Denice.

I’ve found that doing any one of these things results in an immediate elevation of mood.

Actually, just taking a moment to S~M~I~L~E pays off in nanoseconds. When we smile and laugh, we immediately signal our brain that we are H~A~P~P~Y.

“We do not laugh because we are happy. We are happy because we laugh.”


8. oldancestor - March 6, 2011

26. Don’t sweat the small stuff

27. Realize the world is not going to cave in on itself because you made a mistake at work or disappointed someone

28. Don’t read all the racist, hate-filled bile that gets posted after Yahoo news articles.

nrhatch - March 6, 2011

Excellent points, OA!

I go you one better . . . I don’t read the Yahoo News Articles either. 😛

9. kateshrewsday - March 6, 2011

I love all of this, but especially number 25, Nancy. Great post.

nrhatch - March 6, 2011

Thanks, Kate. I agree.

Practicing meditation on a regular basis makes all these other tips “self-evident.”

The way teaches us the way.

10. jeanne - March 6, 2011

Nancy, Just this morning our Pastor put it like this; Hummingbirds and Vultures are both birds that take flight everyday. One spends the day looking for sweet things and the other spends the day looking for dead things. When it comes to our thoughts which bird will we choose to be, hummingbird or vulture?

nrhatch - March 6, 2011

I love that! I choose HUMMINGBIRD!

Thanks, Jeanne.

11. Carol Ann Hoel - March 6, 2011

Very positive post. Great list. Thank you for sharing.

How do I promote inner peace? I think about Jesus. I talk to Him. Through His Word, He talks with me. If I feel upset, I tell him why and He tells me to forget it. I forget it. I can’t say that nothing ever makes me sad. I can say that I don’t stay sad long. There are too many reasons to be glad. My spirit dances in the morning light. Sun rising is enough reason to get out of bed, brew my coffee, and start my day. Blessings to you, Nancy…

nrhatch - March 6, 2011

Wonderful practice, Carol Ann.

I’m with you. When I get sad, I let go of the sadness at the earliest opportunity. My spirit dances most mornings . . . percolating along with my coffee.

Here’s to a bright new day . . . every day.

12. Brown Eyed Mystic - March 6, 2011

This one hit home for me:

“Choose to have a great day, every day.”

Thanks for this. 🙂


nrhatch - March 6, 2011

Judging from the upbeat nature of your blog, I expect that’s a choice that you make on a regular basis.

Loved your post this morning. Gratitude is key.

13. clarbojahn - March 6, 2011

There’s a prayer in the text of ACIM about having a happy day and asking Spirit for it. It works.:)

nrhatch - March 6, 2011

When we reach for happiness, in any number of ways, we usually find it.

Thanks, Clar

14. Rosa - March 6, 2011

Thank you Nancy! I’ve got to admit I’ve been a little grumpy all day and just reading your positive words made me start feeling better!

nrhatch - March 6, 2011

Yay! Sometimes a quick shift in perspective is all that it takes.

Have a Marvelous Monday! 😀

15. eof737 - March 7, 2011

I love those weekday affirmations… Would be kinda cool to have a week with those terms… I find that even on not so upbeat days, a little positive light goes a long way. TY! 🙂

nrhatch - March 7, 2011

As long as I’ve experimented with these age old concepts, I’ve been unable to decide whether positive affirmations work because:

1) I’m in a better mood so things don’t grate on my nerves
2) I hone in on the pluses and overlook the minuses
3) Or the minuses actually disappear while making room for more pluses.

In any event, I know that when I am positive, I feel better and better things seem to come my way.

Here’s to a Marvelous Monday!

16. Tilly Bud - March 7, 2011

Great advice!

nrhatch - March 7, 2011

Here’s to a Marvelous Monday and a Wonderful Week.

17. flyinggma - March 7, 2011

Thanks Nancy for the positive start to my day. I try to remove myself from toxic people. The ones that are constantly complaining or never happy. I used to think I needed to “fix” their problems but each day the problems would change but their bad attitudes never did.

I loved the comment from one of your readers about the hummingbird or a vulture. I choose the hummingbird as well.

nrhatch - March 7, 2011

Thanks, Jeanne. Glad this helped get your day off to a good start.

I loved that comment too. The next time I see a toxic person trying to dump all their negativity on me . . . I’m going to picture them as a vulture! 😛

18. You Were Born That Way - March 7, 2011

Great post. The key for me is that my negativity makes me feel bad. When I let go of my stuff I’m happy again, and that’s more important than anything else.

nrhatch - March 7, 2011

Excellent point! Using our happiness as a barometer is the key.

When we feel happy, no adjustments to the sails are needed. When we feel sad, morose, frustrated, etc., we need to seek out a more positive mindset . . . put some wind in our sails.

nrhatch - March 7, 2011

Just got this in my in-box:

“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

19. therunninggarlic - March 7, 2011

Beautiful post … I am a firm believer in affirmations and use them daily. A positive outlook is the only outlook.
Debbie 🙂

nrhatch - March 7, 2011

Thanks, Debbie. I agree. When we DECIDE to have a good day, at least 1/2 the battle is already won.

20. Julie - March 8, 2011

Great list and full of excellent reminders!

nrhatch - March 8, 2011

Thanks, Julie.

I find that each time I read it, something else jumps out at me . . . “Pick Me!”

The journey through life reminds us to focus on “progress along our unique path.” For most of us, perfection remains out of reach.

Takes a bit of the pressure off, right? 😀

21. Tokeloshe - March 8, 2011

Great post!


nrhatch - March 8, 2011

Thanks, Toke! namaste

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