AUTHOR:ROSSANA S MOHAMMED.
The United States of America is the wealthiest country in the world, but yet many Americans are not happy. The World Happiness Report found that Americans showed “significant decreases” in happiness from 2013 to 2015, and the United States is ranked as the 13th happiest country in the 2016 poll. The report listed Denmark as the happiest country. Admit You’re Happy Day was first celebrated by The Secret Society of Happy People on August 8, 1999. Then in 2000, they celebrated happiness in the entire month of August, renaming it Happiness Happens Day and Month.
Today we can celebrate “Admit you’re happy today by some simple ways. Below are some pictures and quotes to help you to be happy.
“Of all the means to insure happiness throughout the whole life, by far the most important is the acquisition of friends.”
Have a couple of close friends.
National surveys find that when someone has about 5 or more friends with whom they can talk about their problems, they are 60 percent more likely to say that they are ‘very happy’. Have a couple of close trusted friends to share your life with.
Getting out of bed every morning and being grateful for another beautiful day.
2. Being grateful.
Two psychologists, Dr. Robert A. Emmons of the University of California, Davis, and Dr. Michael E. McCullough of the University of Miami, found in a study, who wrote about gratitude were more optimistic and felt better about their lives. They also exercised more and had fewer visits to doctors. So get out the grateful journal and start writing three things that you are thankful for. Do this on a daily basis, and start unlocking the fullness of life as Melody Beattie says below
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
“Be happy for no reason, like a child. If you are happy for a reason, you’re in trouble, because that reason can be taken from you.”
3. Happiness is a choice, not a feeling.
This is what “Ware, the author of The Top Five Regrets Of The Dying, said about happiness:
“Many did not realize until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content. When deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again … Life is a choice. It is YOUR life. Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly. Choose happiness.”
We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
4. Be like kids and smile and be happy.
I have two grandkids both under 2 years, and you simply cannot be around them and be sad. It is such a joy to be infected with their happy smiles as laughter is natural for kids. They smile a lot more often than adults do. (up to 40 times a day more!) So reconnect with the inner child in you. Be around little kids and soak up their energy and delight.
HealthTap founder Ron Gutman says, “If you smile you’ll have better health, a better marriage and other relationships, and increased life expectancy.” So keep smiling.
So this year as we celebrate Admit you are Happy Day, how happy are we?
Find out with this Happiness Quiz: How Happy Are You?