How to Be Happy
November 28, 2010
“A noble person is mindful and thankful for the favors he receives from others.” — the Buddha
Thanksgiving is my favorite day of the year. I love everything about it: I love seeing my family and friends all gathered in one place, I love eating delicious food, and I love getting some time off to relax. The thing I love most, though, is the reminder to be thankful.
These days, it’s all too easy to get wrapped up in planning for what’s next and thinking about how to get what we want. In a lot of ways, that’s at the foundation of a self-made life: you decide what you want and then you figure out how to make it happen. But lately, I’ve been trying to approach it from the opposite direction: to be appreciative of where I am now and what I already have. If we can simply learn to love our current life, we will always be happy and always have enough.
My family has a Thanksgiving tradition where we go around the room and everyone says what they are thankful for. This year, after getting to spend a whole week doing nothing but visit with people I love, I realized that what I am most thankful for is simply having a day that reminds me how good I really have things. It is a tremendous blessing to be afforded not only supportive friends and family and comfortable means, but time off specifically dedicated to appreciating them.
Here is my Thanksgiving challenge to all of you: try taking some time each day (I set aside a few minutes before bedtime) to think about what happened that day that you are grateful for. It can be as simple as the fact that you woke up with a home and food to eat. Find the blessings in life as it is, and I guarantee that everything will be much richer.
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