Not much inspires me more than seeing the glow of happiness in an older person.
Certainly they can give us good advice about pursuing the art of happiness by changing our diet, sleep, or exercise habits. Those are givens.
For years I have sought the advice of older generations and when it comes to generally happy people, the common denominators boil down to their sharing of some unique joyful habits.
If you’re interested in living a life of common happiness, you may consider embracing best practices of those who glow.
Savor the Moment.
The old adage, “stop and smell the roses” simply means immersing yourself in whatever it is you’re doing right now. Breathe in the present moment. Escape from the traps of replaying past negative dealings or worrying about the future. Savor now.
Be Kinder Than You Feel.
It feels good to be kind. Face it: the world could use a lot more kindness. Why not start with your life? Practice non-judgmental awareness of others, and yourself. When you are kind to others and yourself, your body manufactures feel-good neurotransmitters and hormones—and that feels good!
Experience Self Awareness Emotions.
My 91-year-old friend Walter Stovall has experienced a good deal of pain most of his life. At 19 he was shot after parachuting out of a plane in World War II. Walter lives a life of being thankful for his wife, friends and positive emotions.
“It’s a good way to cope with stress,” Walter said. “I have a lot of gratitude and am thankful for each day. It keeps me optimistic.”
Eliminate ‘excuses’ from your vocabulary.
Another World War II veteran, Roy T. Bennett, was a gunner’s mate at Pearl Harbor during the attack in December 1941.
When the Japanese planes came at us “all we could do is react,” Bennett states. “We had to take care of business, and there was no doubt we’d win.’
Today he lives on his ranch near Comfort, Texas enjoying hunting and being with family. When his son, Ken recently saw a dent in his father’s truck he started to reprimand him.
“Now wait a minute,” said the elder Bennett. “I am not blaming anything and anyone for what I’ve done. I did it. But guess who is going to pay for the damages? Roy T. Bennett, that’s who.”
The easy way out is to blame others for your life’s mistakes or failures, but few rise past them by dwelling on them and blaming others. Happy people take responsibility for their blunders and slip-ups. Live and always learn.
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