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Happiness isn’t something that can be bought or achieved through external means alone. At its core, happiness is an inside job.
If you want more happiness in your life, consider this: Happiness is a state of mind. And we each have the power to choose our state of mind at any given moment.
In fact, the practice of choosing to be happy is a powerful tool that can change your life! In this article, we’ll explore the science of happiness and how choosing to be happy can help you manifest your dreams.
Can You Choose to be Happy? Debunking Common Myths
One of the common myths about happiness is that it is something that just happens.
We often believe that happiness is dependent on external factors and circumstances such as our job, relationships, and material possessions. However, this is not entirely true.
Learning to consider happiness a choice comes with benefits, like:
- The power of choice: We gain the ability include happiness as an option when we respond to situations and circumstances in our lives
- Access & Understanding: Over time, we learn that happiness isn’t a mystical, hard-to-reach thing we have no control over. We can bring more of it into our lives at any time!
- The Power of Practice: The more we choose to be happy, the more our brains become trained to feel that way more often and the easier accessing the state of happiness becomes
In the same way, another common myth about happiness is that it is a constant state of being.
People often say, “I want to be happy”, as if finding happiness means a person will always feel that way. In reality, happiness is an emotion that will naturally come and go.
It isn’t intended to replace all of our other emotions! However, it is possible to increase the frequency and duration of happy moments in our lives by choosing what we focus on.
The Science of Happiness: How Choosing to be Happy Can Change Your Life
Research has shown that while happiness is influenced by external circumstances, it is primarily a state of mind. In fact, studies have found that people who practice choosing to be happy:
- Have a lower risk of developing depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues
- Have better physical health, including a stronger immune system and a lower risk of heart disease
- Are more productive and succeed more
- Have better, more fulfilling relationships
- Live longer!
In the same way that happiness can impact physical and emotional outcomes like these, it also influences the way we show up in our own lives.
When we choose to be happy, we are shifting our emotional and intellectual focus. That intentional shift in focus will influence how to respond to our experiences. It changes the action we take when it comes to decision making, problem solving, and motivation.
When we are mentally, emotionally, and behaviorally aligned with happiness, we attract more of the same into our experience.
The Power of Choice: How to Manifest Your Dreams
The power of choice is a powerful tool that can help each of us manifest our dreams.
The universe is always responding to our thoughts and emotions. When we choose to focus on the positive, we attract more positive experiences, people, and opportunities into our lives.
However, choosing to be happy does not mean that we ignore our problems or negative emotions.
We recognize that negative emotions and challenging circumstances are a part of the human experience. But, instead of being hijacked by those things, we choose to respond to them in a positive and constructive way.
We acknowledge our emotions, but we do not let them control us. Instead, remember that each of us is far more powerful and contains more potential than any circumstance, situation, or condition. Enact this belief by focusing on finding solutions and moving forward toward the state that you want more of- happiness.
Techniques for Choosing Happiness: Practical Tips for Daily Life
But, How Can You Practice Choosing Happiness to Raise Your Vibration for Manifestation?
Choosing happiness is a daily practice. It requires us to be intentional about our thoughts and actions. Fortunately, there are many ways to practice choosing happiness to raise your vibration, including:
- Gratitude: Focusing on the things we’re grateful for generates more positive thoughts and feelings. Consider starting a gratitude journal, or practice spending time reflecting on the things in your life that already make you feel happy. Not only will this increase your feelings of happiness now, it will also help you attract even more positivity into your life.
- Meditation: Meditation is a powerful tool for raising our vibration. It helps us to quiet our minds, connect with our inner selves, and overcome stress and negativity.
When meditating for manifestation, create intentional time to focus on the vision you’re holding for your life. Connect with what you’re manifesting and focus on what your life will look like and feel like when you realize your goals. This can help you experience happiness now and opens you up to more of it in the future!
- Positive Affirmations: Positive affirmations are present-tense statements that we repeat to ourselves to reprogram our minds. They are designed to help you declare to both your subconscious mind and the universe what is true for you, including the truth that you can be and you are happy.
- Practice Self-Care: Taking care of ourselves is essential for our happiness. Self-care practices such as exercise, healthy eating, and getting enough sleep can help us to feel our best. Practical, mindful self care can go a long way in raising our vibrational state.
- Surround Yourself with Positive People: The people we surround ourselves with can have a significant impact on our happiness. Surrounding ourselves with positive and supportive people can help us to feel happier and more fulfilled, as well as encourage us toward our highest potential.
- Engage in Activities that Bring You Joy: Engaging in activities that bring us joy is an essential part of choosing happiness. Whether it is reading, painting, or hiking, make sure to make time for the things that bring you joy.
Choosing Happiness in Difficult Times: Coping Strategies and Resilience
Choosing happiness can feel challenging, especially during difficult times. However, it is possible to choose happiness even in the face of adversity. Here are some strategies and resilience-building techniques that can help:
- Practice Mindfulness: Mindfulness is the practice of being present in the moment. It helps us to focus on the present and reduce stress and anxiety. We only have to choose happiness now, not in the past or by knowing what will happen in the future.
- Seek Support: During difficult times, it is essential to seek support from friends, loved ones, or professionals. Isolation and the belief that we’re alone can interfere with our ability to choose happiness.
- Practice Resilience: Resilience is the ability to bounce back from adversity. It is a skill that can be developed through practice. Some ways to build resilience include setting goals, practicing self-care, and learning from past experiences.
Remember, in difficult times, you only need to take one step in the direction of your desired state. Sometimes, we’ll be able to take big, dramatic steps. And other times, baby steps will be all we can manage.
Both have the potential to make a significant impact in the trajectory and outcomes of our lives.
Do You Need an Easy Step to Take Right Now?
If choosing happiness is a new skill that requires more practice, or something that feels difficult from where you are right now, this free guided meditation will help you connect with the deep inner voice that’s calling you to a greater level of existence, achievement and becoming.
If you’re ready to open the doors of possibility and craft a powerful vision of the life you would love to live…