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The Upside of UnHappy

The Upside of UnHappy

I think the cliché ‘the pursuit of happiness’ really needs to be reconsidered.

I don’t necessarily think happiness is something we pursue; I think it’s actually an emotion that we experience.

The challenge is that too often we associate being happy with a specific event or activity when in actual fact, our thoughts throughout the day can actually be major contributors to the actual happiness we experience.

There is a great deal of research on how our thoughts contribute to our level of happiness.  I was initially thinking about putting together a list of day to day things that we could do to increase our level of happiness but then realized that I was falling into the same trap – looking to actually do something specific rather than feeling happy right in the moment we were experiencing – whatever that moment might be.

Instead, I thought I would try to come at this from a different perspective and share some examples of things that might sometimes make us unhappy and try and see how simply adjusting our perspective we could possibly trigger feelings of happiness.

So, here goes;

Downside;       I hate going to the dentist

Upside;            I am grateful to have someone who supports me in maintaining my health.

Downside;       I hate it when it rains.

Upside;            It’s great when it rains, it helps the plants to grow.

Downside;       The price of this car repair is way too high.

Upside;            I’m so fortunate to have a car and the freedom to drive where I like.

Downside;       I hate waiting in lines.

Upside;            I enjoy waiting in lines.  It gives me some quiet time to think.

You get the idea – the next time you have a unhappy thought, see if you can find the upside of it instead.

Maybe if we begin to turn all these small negatives in our lives into positives – we might be able to find ourselves feeling happier throughout the day.

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Susan Williams is the Founder of Booming Encore. Being a Boomer herself, Susan loves to discover and share ways to live life to the fullest. She shares her experiences, observations and opinions on living life after 50 and tries to embrace Booming Encore's philosophy of making sure every day matters.