“Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.” Helen Keller
My philosophy for a happy life | Sam Berns | TEDxMidAtlantic
Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values. Thomas S. Monson
What gives you joy? If we stop to think about our day so far, what has given you joy? When we think about the word “joy,” the answers that arise in our hearts range from the simple to the sublime. I asked my kids and one said, ” Pancakes and playing with our family cat.’ The other said, “Crunchy peanut butter!” For me right now, I’d say “Holiday lights .” Sure, we know the obvious answers we all repeat, Family, Friends, Health, Happiness, Charity and such. All of them are equally paramount in our lives, but my question was about being present and joyful in the moment. If we can stay present and see the good in us and around us, we are steps closer to our source of unmitigated joy.
In the video above, Sam Berns touches on his life living with Projeria. He shares his philosophy for living a happy life and they include common sense answers that we live by; Live a life of gratitude by being okay with what you can’t do and enjoying what you can do. Choose your company wisely and be around people who lift you up and encourage you. Part of our motivation in life is to do well so we can celebrate with friends and family. How can we stay motivated if we are surrounded by emotional vampires and sirens? Be in the company of those who lift you up. While staying present to circumstances and how we respond to them, it is always best to keep moving forward and celebrate the life we do have. Everything around us and how we respond to them contribute to our daily decision to be motivated to get out of bed or stay there. Find your joy inside and as Sam says, never miss a party or an occasion to dance and celebrate life.
“Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.” Joseph Campbell
Full Speech: Jim Carrey’s Commencement Address at the 2014 MUM Graduation
Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain… To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices – today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it. Kevyn Aucoin
Are your daily decisions/actions based on love or fear? Jim Carrey gave a powerful graduation speech in the video above and his words will surprise and move you. Jim is a well-known actor/comedian who has had his share of life challenges. However, in this speech, he takes a more reflective tone and sheds light on the beauty and power of being present and appreciating what we have. Be present. Jim also shared something that many have read or heard in the Secret: Ask the universe for what you want/need. You may interpret it anyway you wish, but often we forget to ask for help to get our needs met. If we are motivated to achieve our goals, asking for help when needed, is imperative.
Do you ever laugh just for the heck of it? Find humor in your surroundings and condition to keep you laughing, and then, don’t forget to share it. Some of us go through life with rigid, inflexible views about what is right and wrong. We waste energy always trying to be right. Let go! Instead of fixating on minutiae, relax and seek joy in situations. As my Dad would say, when you look for joy, bliss will come out to greet you. Share it. Another key point Jim made and I hope this resonates with all of us: Do what you love. Even if you fail at it, at least, it’s your choice not someone else’s idea of what you should do. Follow your path happily, stop comparing notes, and stay flexible… All of these common sense tips add to joy in our lives. What has given you joy today?
The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for December are:
12/01 – Acceptance
12/08 – Busyness
12/15 – Compassion
12/22 – Joy
12/29 – Regret
“True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Overcoming hopelessness | Nick Vujicic | TEDxNoviSad
When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. Khalil Gibran
What are you looking for? More often than not, we miss opportunities right under our noses because we keep moving our mouths and negating our blessings with negative thoughts. If you’ve ever heard Nick Vujicic speak, you know he is not only a gifted orator, but also an inspired teacher. We all know the power of words to maim and/or motivate us. Nick walks us through his moments of darkness and shares how hope and faith carried him through life’s challenges. We must look for those moments of joy in the darkness and remind ourselves that we are perfectly made and enough. Nick’s message touched my spirit and I encourage you to listen to it.
A great teacher once said, “We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” Buddha. Don’t let your thoughts poison your joy. Tell your children you care, that they are beautiful, that they are loved and that they matter. Tell yourself the same. Nick wraps up his talk on “Overcoming hopelessness,” by saying that we should be a miracle for someone else and take one day at a time. Even if we fall down, we can and must get up. Even if your life is not what you desire, don’t give up on your dreams; make those obstacles, those barriers, those walls into doors. … follow your joy. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
Motivation Mondays is open to anyone who wishes to share a motivational quote, photo, personal challenge or a post that encourages others to start the week on an upbeat note.
Basic Instructions: Each week, I will have a motivation word to help us create a response. (See listed words for end of November and all of December below)
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