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Happiness: How do you find it?

Happiness; many people are all in pursuit of it. How does a person become happy? Are YOU truly happy? How would you define happiness? Is it defined by how much money you have? Do you break down happiness by the material possessions you have? Is happiness defined by the places you’ve vacationed or how successful your career is? Don’t get me wrong…money, success, a prosperous career or business, and material possessions are nice to have. I like all of those things too. Here’s the problem; most people think happiness comes from having A LOT of money. I’m not arguing the fact that money can’t make people “happier” but it can’t make a person genuinely happy.

A few weeks ago a close family friend committed suicide, God rest his soul. I will not get into too much detail about this man’s personal life out of respect for him. He was in his low 60’s and he had a smile that could light up a New York City block. He had his challenges in life. Some were love related, medical, and personal challenges. He started an exotic car import business many years back. He grew his business as well as his reputation. He is what many people would consider wealthy. He drove a beautiful Ferrari 360 Modena, a gorgeous Mercedes-Benz, and newer Corvette. In my mind I’m thinking, “Here is a man who has it all together and has all the happiness in the world.” The problem was, he wasn’t genuinely happy. The doctors had him on pain and depression meds. He had lost his mother in passing a few months back while he was on a cruise in the Caribbean. He had strained relationships with certain family members. Overall, things were not as good as I thought.

I can speculate all day long the reason why he took his own life. At the end of the day one thing is for certain; he was not happy. It did not matter what kind of bank roll this man had. It didn’t matter what kind of cars he drove or how large his house was. None of those details mattered at all. The man was in a dark place in his life for many reasons. I admired that man very much and still do. There was just one thing I wish he would have done differently. That one thing would have been to CHOOSE to be happy and learn to be grateful for the things he had in his life. The man had beautiful grandchildren. He had a beautiful women who cared about him and who he had loads of fun with. The fact of the matter was he LET his mind think about the bad things in his life. He let his mind think of the meds the doctors had him on. He focused on more negative things in his life than the positive.

The bottom line is this; in order to be TRULY, GENUINELY happy in life you have to be grateful for the things you already have. Not only do you have to be grateful for the things you have but really FEEL it in your heart and soul. There are so many things to be grateful and happy about. The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning is write in my Gratitude Journal. The first two things I ALWAYS write is, “Thank you for another day of life & Thank you for my good health.” As long as I have another day of life and my good health, I know the rest is all just a bonus. I give thanks to everything in life. Do you know what I have discovered by giving constant gratitude for everything in my life on a daily basis? I am MUCH HAPPIER in my life. My success is continuously going up. My health is continuously improving. I quit smoking cold turkey. I run 3 to 5 miles a day 4 days a week. So many positive changes have taken place in my life through gratitude. And because of gratitude my happiness NEVER leaves me.

My friends, I share this with you for a few reasons. First, I want people to discover the feeling of life that I feel on a daily basis. Two, EVERYBODY deserves happiness. And three, being genuinely happy WITHOUT all the money in the world is the key. If you can learn to be happy without money first and constantly give gratitude on a daily basis…

Whatever you desire in your heart and whatever your dreams, they will be fulfilled because you found happiness FIRST!!!

Stay Happy – Stay Positive – Stay Grateful

– Jason M Jones

Create Your Own Moments for Gratefulness

 

Create Your Own Moments for Gratefulness.

I really enjoyed this post and I hope you do too.  Stay posted as I will be writing an article about “Happy Habits” be should pick up. :o)  Thank you for visiting!

10 Simple Things to Make You Happier At Home

10 Simple Things to Make You Happier At Home.

A post I read from Successify.net.  This is definitely worth the read. Check it out and I hope you have a happy, positive, and grateful day!

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Daily Dose of Gratitude

Daily Dose of Gratitude (TAXES???) :)

The only way I'll feel better about paying into the federal government this year. :)

The only way I’ll feel better about paying into the federal government this year. 🙂

Considering tax season is here…

that means April 15th is just a short month away. I am not saying I LIKE taxes. Let’s be real about this. Other than Uncle Sam nobody likes paying into taxes.  🙂

So instead of complaining and dog mouthing how the government likes dipping into my pockets, I’m going to try something different. I am just going to feel grateful for taxes. When you really boil it down taxes do pay for our national security, our transportation system, our education system, police, and so many more things we overlook.

At the end of the day you have to look at the good in everything. It’s important to do this. If you really assess the dreaded taxes and see the good from it, you will feel better. We benefit A LOT from paying taxes. There are so many things we overlook when it comes to paying taxes.

Does this mean you have to like it? No. I still don’t get along with April 15th but I accept it and I’m grateful for it because it does help our country.

I hope this makes you feel a little better about paying in this year. It did for me. 🙂

Stay Happy, Stay Positive, Stay Grateful! 

Daily Dose of Gratitude
Daily Dose of Gratitude

A Gratitude Journal is a MUST!!!

A Gratitude Journal.

A Gratitude Journal is a MUST! It is a must for many reasons. Unlike the power of the gratitude rock, a gratitude journal allows you to go back and read what you have written. If you ever find yourself down about life and you feel bad about your circumstances all you have to do is flip a few pages back and read your blessings. There is no memory needed. You do not need to exert any extra energy to think of things to be grateful for. You just read, it is as simple as that. Keep in mind that is just one reason for a Gratitude Journal.

I personally do not go back and read through what I wrote. I will when I complete my journal and maybe again in the future. I am a FIRM believer in what you put out in the Universe you will receive in abundance. I believe in thinking, feeling, doing, speaking, and writing down every single thing, person, place, or experience I have in life. In case you did not have the chance to read my last post about having a gratitude rock, please do. It is important. One thing I have noticed with MOST people is the fact that good health is being taken for granted.

I met a girl, about a year ago, who I became friends with in Wisconsin. She is one of the best female DJ’s I know; she is one of the most motivated, down-to-earth human beings. We spoke recently after she read my post about the gratitude rock. She mentioned how she could not agree more about people taking their health for granted. She shared with me a little information that set me back. Here she is, an energetic, spontaneous club DJ who just so happens to have MS. I had no clue. She shared a few challenges she was faced with and how some of her motor skills were not up to par. However, at the end of the day; through the daily practice of gratitude, she continues to overcome it and gain strength and not let it take over her life.

The point I am making is this: GRATITUDE in your life is KEY! The photo above is a real passage, from a few weeks back, one of my personal favorites. I write in my journal every day. I speak it, I feel it, I think it, I ACT on it. The first two things I give “thanks” for are:

1. Another Day of LIfe

2. My outstanding health

Those are the first two things I NEVER forget to give gratitude for. I hope you are getting the message. Writing in a journal is not just to make you feel better: it goes way beyond that. In order to receive what you want out of life you must give to life FIRST. Meaning, give “thanks” for another day of waking up. Give “thanks” that you have air in your lungs. Give “thanks” for the sun and rain. If you want MORE money in your life then give “thanks” for the money you already have. Put your energy, your focus, and your attention on what you have in order to receive what you want. You will know it is working in your favor when you least expect it. I have put this practice into motion daily and the results are astounding. I will share more with you later into the future. For now…

YOUR NEXT PLAN OF ACTION STEP:

Go to a Barns and Nobel or any book store and get a quality journal. If you are going to do this, please do it right. If you cannot afford a quality journal quite yet, that’s fine!  An $.88 notebook from the dollar store will work until you can. But start NOW!!! Get a Gratitude Journal and start writing your blessings!!!

I look forward to hearing from you and how your life has changed because of this. As Rhonda Byrne always says in her news letters I receive, “May the joy be with you.”

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for reading this article. I hope it is beneficial for you and whomever you share this with.

Be Happy, Be Positive, Be Grateful

– Jason M Jones 🙂

How much FAITH do you have?

How much faith do you have?

Faith

Are you a person who has faith? Do you have faith in yourself and your abilities? Do you have faith in knowing that no matter what happens to you, either way, you will be just fine in the end? It is a very difficult concept for most people to understand and believe in. Faith is such a heavy word for some people and can be non-existent for most. Why is that? Even to this day, I still do not understand why most people do not have faith. I just want to note to anyone who is reading this: when I talk about “faith”, I am not talking about or pushing religion on anyone what-so-ever. I am speaking more on terms of a spiritual side of things. At the end of the day, we all have specific things we believe in and I respect that.

Keep in mind, I am only in my mid 20′s. I still have A LOT of learning to do in upcoming years. I started learning about faith when I was twenty-two years old. Before that, I really had no faith. I had no faith in some of the things I was doing. I had absolutely no faith in people as a whole. Quite frankly, I was under this illusion that all people had a hidden agenda and nobody was going to look out after me, but myself; and that was all there was to it. But one day came, while I was at work, when I was approached by this older couple I had sold a gym membership to. They invited me out to a Sunday service they attended regularly. It was a non-denominational Christian service. Let me note to you that I was one who NEVER EVER went to a church service. “I didn’t mean to throw in a little Taylor Swift your way with that.  “   I felt there was no need to attend a church service. Still to this day, I do no go to every Sunday services. However, every so often, I will. I’ll go just to learn a little something and embrace a message that may be delivered to me during  the service.

I thought about it and told them I might show up; I might be busy, but I’ll do my best. Something inside of me forced me to go. I could not tell you what it was: something so deep inside made me go and approach it with an open-mind. Remember what I mentioned in my previous post about change? “Force change to happen”, remember that? Well I made a change in myself and decided to go. The message that I received that day was a message so powerful, strong, fulfilling, and unforgettable, I knew that I had found faith right then and there.

Basically in a nut shell, the pastor mentioned that sometimes life does not always go the way we want it to. We think that a certain direction is the way we want it to go, the way it should go, but then does not go. For example, a child crawling around on the floor with a fork in hand is already a recipe for disaster. The child discovers an electrical outlet in the wall and figures it would be a good idea to insert the metal fork into the electrical outlet. As you can tell, the child decided to go a certain direction and execute a certain plan in mind. The child thinks it is a good idea, but you and I both know what WILL happen, as anyone could anticipate. Now mommy notices her child heading to the outlet and discovers the fork in hand and instantly knows what WILL happen next if she does not intervene. Her baby will get hurt, right? I hope you all agree with this statement. The mommy knows it will not be a good path for her baby. She say’s “NO” and snatches the child up immediately from the electrical outlet. To the child, “No” may mean “This isn’t fair.” or “Why not?” While to the mother, “No” DEFINITELY means, “You will get hurt if you do this”.

So in other words, when you think the direction you take is good, God knows it will be the wrong path. So God, playing the role of mommy, snatches you up and sets you on a different path. A path that is known to not hurt you. Instead of taking a left, you are forced to take a right. Do you know what I am saying here? We all think we need to go a certain way in our life. We may think we know what is best. In most cases, we do know what is best, but there are certain occasions we question and ask, “Why didn’t this go the way I planned?”

The more I replayed the message in my head, the more I started to understand my life and why things may happen. It goes along the lines of “everything happens for a reason”. I know we all have heard or said that line a time or two. It is the same concept. Whether you believe in God or not, we are all guided everyday by some divine power in the universe. You can call it a guardian angel or a spirit guide. Or anything else you may think or believe.  I have my beliefs just like you do. The bottom line is this, everything all started to become more clear to me. I began to have “faith” knowing that NO MATTER what happened yesterday, or what happens later today, or what will happen next week, I know I will be fine either way. I know, in my heart and soul, that I will be guided down the path I am supposed to be guided towards. I know that even in some of my darkest hours of life; everything is going to be okay because I have faith. I have faith in God, I have faith in myself, and I have faith in the world.

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You so very much for reading and I hope you comment on it and share with your friends and family. I hope you took something from this as I always find something to apply in my life from daily readings.”

Stay Happy, Stay Positive, Stay Grateful

– Jason M Jones 🙂