You’re cooking or cleaning and the radio is on in the background to keep you company. You really are not listening and have no idea what’s being said, but suddenly “Israel” is mentioned and you rush over, turn up the volume and listen. How does that happen? What made you hear that word? What made you pay attention, while you had ignored the thousands of other words that might have been said in the minutes before? More importantly, how can we get that to work for us and make us happier?
I recently heard a fascinating lecture by Roz Malin, a motivational speaker, entitled “Happiness is a Choice”. In the lecture Ms. Malin explains just how this process works and how we can use it to feel better about ourselves and the various issues we have to cope with.
In the end, the way to enjoy life is to appreciate what you have. It is not to long for things we don’t have through a misguided sense of entitlement. For many well spouses, seeing what is still good in their lives has been lost. They have been blinded by the drudgery that comes with care giving. Having a gratitude journal and writing in it each night is a way of bringing a feeling of happiness back into their life.
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