While taking a walk, Sylvia and I were both surprised at the effect a passing car had on us. The occupants were two young men with broad grins and happy faces. The passenger was holding a speaker out the window so that the pedestrians could hear their music. Their happiness was so infectious that Sylvia and I stopped to smile and wave at them. We loved the infection.
It did not matter that the car was a beat-up old bomb. It did not matter that the speaker was from some old hi-fi system. It did not matter that the music was not to our usual taste. What mattered was their Joie de vivre – a cheerful enjoyment of life.
This incident made us so happy that we had to find the magic ingredient. We think we found it – gratefulness. Everyday think about what you have that you should be grateful for and you will end up as happy as those two young men. When others notice your happiness then they will also be happy. Pass on the lesson of gratefulness and more and more people can spread the happiness.
Gratitude also gives one resilience – overcome adversity and the ability to try and try again.
So something is not happening for you this time; remembering your other successes enables you to continue trying.
One other side-effect of gratitude seems to be recovery from illness. A few years ago I was diagnosed as terminally ill. With nothing to lose, I tried everything and anything. Something worked but I cannot say with certainty what brought about the recovery. Sylvia and myself think that the daily gratitude routine played a big role. The medical staff have constantly remarked on how positive I was.
The picture above is me holding a new grand-child: grateful that I could stand and hold her, grateful that I could still do something to help her development, grateful that I could take the grand-kids for a walk to feed the ducks, etc. The resultant happiness shows.
For further reading on happiness, see this article
Happy people accomplish more.
Be grateful for what you have and enjoy the feeling of well being that comes with happiness.
Don’t worry, be happy.