If happiness is a choice, then, yes, I think you do.
Dr. Aymee writes in the January 2012 Live-Well Lived post on BlogHer that we can build more happiness into our lives by learning to live in the moment.
I read Eckhart Tolle's The Power of Now a couple of years ago. I remember that it had a profound impact on me. I really tried to put living in the now into practice, but it's hard sometimes! It's so easy to get caught up in worries and fret about things in the past or in the future. Anyone ever go through worst-case scenarios in their mind? I do often. Or, do you spend time reliving past events and wishing you would have handled them differently? I've been there, too.
This year, I plan to give more focus to living in the now. I'm going to start right now by really focusing on what I'm writing here.
While I know living in the moment helps, at the end of 2011, I began putting into practice another way to bring more happiness into my life.
When I was in college, I belonged to a sorority, Alpha Kappa Phi. It was such a fun time. I think we were all good at living in the now at that time in our lives! As a lot of sorority girls do in college, we drank and partied a heck of a lot.
But, we also did something that maybe isn't so typical for college girls to do.
We did community service. The university required it of all the Greek organizations, but we did a lot more than the minimum number of hours. As a matter of fact, our small sorority of 30 to 40 members (depending on the semester) logged around 800 service hours a year. We went to nursing homes, helped with a local Special Olympics bowling tournament, picked up trash, worked the phones at telethons and led a Brownie Troop, among other things. We won the university's service award more than once.It was gratifying. I remember the happiness we all felt when we completed our service projects.
For 2012, I'm determined to serve more. If you follow my blog, you know I'm a Cub Scout den leader. I can't take on too much more in the way of extra curricular activities, but there are other ways to serve people every day. Something as simple as making someone a cup of coffee, giving cookies to a teacher or writing a heart-felt thank you showing appreciation all help to serve others in small ways.
I'm going to try to do something everyday to serve in a way that goes above and beyond what I normally do.
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