11 Nov Happiness and your surrounds
Another great happiness article from Lou Tice…
Winner’s Circle Network with Lou Tice – 11/8/07 – “Environment and Happiness”
To some extent, each of us is affected by the environment around us. But when your happiness depends on what goes on around you, you are in trouble.
Have you ever thought about what happens when we let what goes on in our environment determine how we feel on the inside? When things are going well, we feel good, cheerful, positive, and full of enthusiasm. But when the least little thing goes wrong, we start to come un-glued.
If this happens, we can start feeling like a victim, and when we feel this way we give up control of our lives. I also believe that we are victims because we have chosen to be that way.
I have heard that if you are not having problems, you are missing an opportunity for growth. This is exactly the thing I am talking about, because you choose to take charge of how you respond and what you do, regardless of what is happening in your environment.
You know, there is only one thing in life over which we have complete control, and that is what goes on inside our minds. When you choose to take charge of your thoughts, of the things you tell yourself, you become very powerful. Certainly, you may feel disappointment when things go wrong, but you can choose to see all the setbacks as temporary. You can choose to use them as opportunities to grow, and you’ll develop the ability to quickly bounce back when you hit an obstacle, as well as the incredible strength that comes from standing up to adversity.
The choice really is yours to make – it has been, and will continue to be.
The Pacific Institute