Happiness Is Living Well

Dr. Linda Hancock 10. The Tenth Year iStock Self Improvement Self Improvement_Happiness

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Life is good! Today is my sixty-third birthday and I am content.

Oh, it's not like I haven't had problems. I am human and live in the real world. It's just that I have figured out where to focus my attention and what to let go of.

When people are unhappy or going through a tough time, they usually don't want to be reminded to count their blessings. But what is the alternative? Lying awake at night, staring at the ceiling while counting your troubles?

I am so thankful. I can walk, go to the bathroom, and breathe without assistance. Professionals make sure that my medical, vision and dental needs are met. My business is good, and I have enough money to pay my bills (but not enough to become arrogant or careless). Each day I can enjoy a warm shower, consider clothing options, and drive myself anywhere I wish to go.

My condo keeps me warm in the winter and cool in the summer. I have interesting books to read, music to listen to and hobbies to enjoy. I can eat what and when I choose. Friends and family inspire me. My mind holds good memories from the past and hope for the future.

I am also thankful for the things that I don't have in my life. For example, I don't have to experience war, starvation or tsunamis. Living in Canada means that a dictator will not try to limit or control my choices. I won't have to work until I die or beg in the streets which might be my lot if I had been born in a different country.

My head knows that happiness is a choice, and my heart knows that there are people who care about me. Technology allows me to learn new things whenever I wish and to keep in touch with others who are located throughout the world.

When problems arise, I think about my Norwegian grandmother who would say "This too shall pass". I believe that there is a reason for everything and that I don't have to figure it all out because there is someone or something bigger than all of us who knows.

And when I get to the end of the day, I know that I can lie down on clean sheets and drop off to sleep without having to worry about what has happened or what will happen next.

Life is good and I am content.

What is the formula? Focus on the ways in which you have been blessed. Consider the things that do not plague you. And embrace each day with a determination to be happy and a willingness to let go of the things you cannot change.

It's all up to you!

Dr. Linda Hancock, the author of “Life is An Adventure…every step of the way” and “Open for Business Success” is a Registered Psychologist who has a private practice in Medicine Hat. She can be reached at 403-529-6877 or through email office@drlindahancock.com

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