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Saturday, January 31, 2009

How To Be Happy In Life - The 9 Paths To Happiness

How To Be Happy In Life - The 9 Paths To Happiness
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Sometimes it appears that life throws more obstacles in our path than we can handle. However, even in the face of the most challenging circumstances, you can make the choice to be happy by following these 9 paths to happiness.

1. Honor Yourself: Remember what the flight attendant says, "Put your own oxygen mask on first." You are of no use to anyone else if you have not taken care of your own needs first - this includes your own emotional, as well as physical, well-being.

2. Forgive Everyone For Everything: Forgiveness is a gift to yourself. YOU created the stress in your life by getting angry, and YOU can instantly remove that stress by granting forgiveness. Expressing your forgiveness to the other is optional - internalizing that forgiveness is required in order to live a joyful life. Don't forget to also forgive yourself for everything you regret ever having done or not done.

3. Have Gratitude For All Of Life: As with forgiveness, gratitude is a gift to yourself. Saying "thank you" is a powerful way to create great relationships, but the real power of gratitude is internalizing an immense thankfulness for your very existence - everything that has ever occurred or failed to occur in your life.

4. Respect Your Mind: Faith is powerful, but it is no substitute for observing, paying attention, weighing alternatives, and choosing with intention. Without conscious choice, there is no freedom or happiness.

5. Design Your Future: Don't be a passive tumbleweed blown by the winds of life. Envision the future you want, and then take action to create that future. Often, you will fail. Plan again and take action again.

6. Begin Today, and Never Give Up: There is no better time to begin than today - each and every "today." When obstacles stop you, think of new ways to reach your goals. In the words of the Oriental proverb, "Fall seven times, stand up eight."

7. Be Of Service To Others By Radiating Happiness: Being of service is one of the greatest paths to happiness, but remember that your greatest service to others is the person that you are, rather than the tasks you accomplish. Your greatest gift to others is to give them happiness, and by far the most powerful way to do that is to be an example of happiness and to radiate that happiness to others.

8. Dance Lightly With Life: Life does not have to be a serious undertaking. You will make mistakes, you will feel regrets, and eventually, you will die - so what? Happiness comes from dancing lightly with life - playing hopscotch on the river of life - leaping gracefully from joy to joy while laughing at the threats of calamity - even laughing hysterically at our human frailness when we do fall into the muddy torrent.

9. Know Unity With Spirit: There are as many ways to connect with Spirit as there are people - each of us has our own way to receive strength and serenity from the Infinite. Your life will be happier if you acknowledge that you are not alone, become open to that presence, and create ritual to celebrate your connection. You may feel your bond with Spirit at the Lord's Supper, in Songs of Praise, in Calls to Prayer, in Meditation, while doing Yoga or Qigong, or while walking in the woods. However you connect with Spirit, do it today.

27 comments:

  1. I really love your '9 Paths To Happiness', I needed this, right here and now.
    You are a very cool and wise man, thank you, thank you, thank you.

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  2. I love these affirmations. I have come through a long dark tunnel this past winter and spring and I find this website is helping me come back into the sunshine. Thank you.

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  3. I am trying so very hard to change my ways alot and this website is holding my hand through my tough times!

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  4. I love getting your daily quotes. as I read them, I realize how right you are and how little I thought about them, even though they make perfect sense. Please keep them coming

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  5. It is very hard in this world to try and make sense of things, especially when you are going through many trials and tribulations. Your emails bring it all into perspective and it is a HUGE support when I come up against hard times to remember all the inspirational and wise advice you give. You are a gift from God and you have helped me in so many ways. THANK YOU!

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  6. Hi Mr Huie. I am probably very near to your age, judging by looks only ..... {except that I have a little bit more hair :-) } I read your mails fairly regularly and find them excellent. Just the eye-opener one needs from time to time! God bless and thanks once again!

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  7. I appreciate your words of wisdom and spiritual uplifting. Each morning I look forward to reading what you have shared for the day. In most instances choice is right on point with what I am or my family is going thru. Just reading your words provides strength and encouragement. Thank you.

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  8. Every day I look forward to read your post. Your words really changed my life, Thank you

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  9. Thank you all for the wonderful compliments.

    May the world be kind to you, and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself.
    - Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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  10. dear sir, # 6 of the happiness to 9path is mine sir--! I love your words sir--! I wish I have chance to meet you once sir? please ,,, Please ,, can you let me know where and when do you have teaching or life advice coferance live sir? you are very nice to me to sending me so nice woeds to me in everyday sir--! thank you very much deeply sir--! GOD BLESS YOU and please--- be healthy and long life for us sir--! thank you forever sir--!

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  11. I belive that you have been sent by God to up lift our soul desire not heart desire, because the heart desires they bring regrets in future tense than you.

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  12. Thank you for the inspiraton, I look forward to reading all your messages on daily basis and it makes a difference in my life and for that I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
    May God bless you and give you the wisdom and strenght to continue to inspire us all and may you be inspired know how much you are loved.
    A friend from Toronto/Canada

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  13. Reading your daily inspirational quotes everyday helps me to hold my head up. It give me the strength and wisdom to make it through my days.
    Thank you for helping me through my darkest and toughest time.

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  14. Thank you so much for your kind compliments.

    May the world be kind to you, and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself.
    - Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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  15. I love your quotes they up lefted me they make my day thank you again

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  16. Hello,
    I just passes through your blogs Mr.Jonathan Lockwood,and have so many motivation and inspiration for happy life really you just done very good job for person likes me.
    r4

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  17. WOW...I feel so grateful for the day when I came across your website...you are a very wise man that truly teaches me what it is to live & love life...thank-you.

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  18. Dear Mr. Huie, It get harder everyday to be strong and unemotional I'm that type of person. I would help anyone,but it gets harder and harder to do when no one listen. I am a very important part in life but, if only I see it, I feel so alone sometimes times and talking to the wall,but I need to feel better about myself on my own. A special person in my life told me. If you cant love yourself, you would be
    able to love anyone else. But, I wanted to keep my love one happy and sometimes times I get so deep in helped them by doing simple thing like saying "I will do it for you. Don't worry Im there for you. and don't worry I will help you. Sometime I just want to give up, because, sometime I feel Im talking to my self and I get very depress and feel like no one needs me. Please point me in the right direction. Thank you Anonymous

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  19. Please see me answer to "Please point me in the right direction" at Needing To Feel Needed http://www.mind4joy.com/2012/03/needing-to-feel-needed.html

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  20. Thank you the very inspiring and touching message every day.. this is my guide and reflection to my past experiences.I'm very emotional personal but now I realize that everything in this world has a purpose and reason. Mr. Huie I'm very happy that you are part of my journey. May continue to touched the lives of others.

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  21. Happiness comes to them who opens their door for small treats that life provides to them. So be happy and live longer!

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  22. Im so glad dat i happen to come across your page sir,im 24 female ..i have so many problems in my life..i used to feel lonely n depress so easily,n im always worried about my future..like what if this happen?i cannot feel happiness....plis help...

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  23. Good day sir Huie, I love all the inspirational messages in your page... this words make me realize I don't have to be troubled and feel crushed when feel being judge by people ... your inspirational messages lighten my spirit warming my hearts be ready to start face the day with a smile and joyful heart, in this minute alone waking in the morning is enough to be thankful and be happy to see another day ... I am responsible for my own happiness starting today , tomorrow and the coming days!

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  24. Sir Jonathan,
    I must sincerely from the deepest inch of my heart say thanks to you for these great inspirations. i confess that each time i read each of them, i feel my my low spirit spirit lifted high and i gather my strength to cintinue pursuing my visions and taking actions....
    Am delighted i must say. "Eyalama" thanks in my local language

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