Sunday, March 29, 2009

Don't Worry...BE HAPPY MON!

If our trip to Antigua, West Indies taught me anything it taught me to live like they do! “DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY MON”!!

Having found myself drowning with people in the ocean of negativity too many times I made the decision to avoid the undertow in the future, and boy have I been reaping the rewards! Once a victim of horrible anxiety, I learned a new way of living. Listening to more upbeat music, limiting the use of television, and completely weaning myself from CNN, FOX and FRIENDS, and most mainstream media, has been the best thing I have ever done. This advise coming from a friend who taught me by example!
I have learned that NOT all opposites attract.....for example, Misery loves company not Happiness, oil doesn't mix with vinegar, and Grief hates HAPPINESS!!!

No doubt, we are all aware of Philippians 4:6 which instructs us to cast our cares upon the Lord and He will care for us. But, if you are like me, you wonder exactly how we do that. Does that mean simply pray or is there more to it? I think there is more. I think there is a lifestyle we must adopt that will, over time, replace our depression and anxiety with peace, joy and comfort. Before we look at that lifestyle, let me say it is not simple, nor instantaneous. It will take work and time. If you are depressed or anxious today, there is nothing I can say that will have the problem fixed by tomorrow. There are no band-aids for this, only a change of life based on the word of God

I have challenged my family to watch everything they say, and if it must be negative then to say it in a way that could be positive…we are allowed to point out when we see one another falling victim to negativity. The results have been nothing but POSITIVE.

Having a positive attitude makes you feel good about yourself. Your self esteem and self confidence is also affected in a positive way. When your thoughts tend to be positive. You feel happy.

Your thoughts and attitude can strongly affect others and the world around you. By being positive and focused on happy thoughts, your positive outlook tends to attract people to you. People are drawn to things that make them SMILE. These happy, positive people tend to have more friends and live healthier lives.

The more time we spend in negative thinking and acting, the more it becomes who we are….and eventually we find ourselves overwhelmed by it. It takes on a life of its own in us and produces anger and resentment over things that normally we might not even notice, and things that are certainly none of our business.

If we stop this negativity and start trying to be positive we can pull ourselves out of it. Soon we’ll realize just how heavy the cloud of negativity was and things will start appearing more pleasant. Negativity and complaining can leave you feeling sad, depressed, and emotionally drained. But when you begin your journey into positivity then you find much needed happiness. You will hear the sounds of birds and see colors of vibrancy in a complete different way. Smiles are contagious, just as a laugh is. It lightens the heart and forces you to see beauty.

So remember that if your attitude is positive, it affects the world around you in a positive way. People feel good being around you and you will attract a more positive crowd. You will have a happier and more confident life. LIVE, LAUGH, and LOVE!!!!!

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