If You Want To Be Happy, Do Happy Things

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Happiness is our choice because we each have the power to bring our mind to happy thoughts. That’s the primary power in happiness. It’s a state of mind. It’s the way we choose to look at things and how we relate to things.  So we can set our minds free in our ongoing pursuit of happiness.

John-Roger, the founder of the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness (MSIA), once said, “If you want to be happy, do happy things. ” Although that may sound simple or you might think you don’t know how to do happy things, you can experience happi­ness   in your mind by having happy thoughts.  So regardless of what we’re doing or what’s happened, we can choose to be happy.  By opening up to the happiness within, we each have a greater opportunity to bless the world with our happiness. In truth, we are so blessed that we can feel happy no matter what.

Through our trust and faith in God, we can know the blessings of happiness.  Through that trust, we can realize that everything that ever takes place, in all of Creation, is never against anyone.  God sustains good, all the time, every time.  When we are consciously in accordance with that knowing, we have trust in God.   We can trust that what is being done, what has been done, and what will be done is ultimately useful for greater good. There’s no point in fighting with it. There’s no point in judging it. There’s no point in being unhappy with what is.

Real, lasting happiness doesn’t come at the detriment of others or through againstness or denial of reality.  When we’re attached and trapped by demanding against the world in some way, we can assign ourselves to misery like a ball and chain. We can become imprisoned by our disturbances, frustrations, irritations, or dissatisfactions. The more you can learn how to accept and get along with whatever you’re involved in, the more peace and happiness you can know in whatever you’re doing. When we have doubts or fears or when we judge ourselves or others, we can always let go and choose into the blessings of happiness because those blessings already are. So choose to be happy rather than in conflict with others or situations, regardless of what’s going on.

Others may not agree with your happiness. They may think you’re responding inappropriately. Clearly, there’s so much pain, suffering, and misery in the world, that there’s no need for us to add to it.  If your choice for happiness is misunderstood or judged by others, you can turn to peace, understand­ing, and compassion by choosing to be happy regardless. You can feel happy simply because you experi­ence happiness as your true nature.

When we choose happiness, we’re spontaneous and open to participate. We allow our creativity, that happy energy, to move out into the world and touch others.  If you find yourself being serious or worrying, allow your true nature to lift you so you’re more aware of your joy and the happiness in others and situ­ations.  If you keep finding it difficult to be happy with what you’re doing, then consider you need to change whatever it is that you are doing.  Even if you choose to be happy, what you’re doing may not be working.  So sometimes a shift in attitude isn’t enough.  At those times, let your happiness be your guide, and ask yourself, “What would make me happy here?”

Take a moment to let your true happiness show you what’s best. It might be as simple as asking for what you want and then being open to receiving it. Perhaps that takes courage. If it does, then choose to be courageous, especially when your happiness is on the line.

Remember that the source of your happiness is within you, not out in the world in what happens or what others do. God is happy.  So choose to be happy because you can — because happiness is your nature and the truth of who you are. Then you can share the blessings of the true happiness that you know inside.

Baruch Bashan (the blessings already are)

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John Morton, D.S.S. is the author of the inspiring books The Blessings Already Are and You Are the Blessings: Meditations and Reflections on Life, God and Us.  Learn more about John’s works at www.johnmortonministries.org.  Contact John at goto@johnmortonministries.org

Originally published in 2010

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About John Morton

Through his insightful, practical and gentle approach, John Morton has a unique ability to help others see the blessings in themselves and everything that occurs in their lives. John is the Spiritual Director of the Church of the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness (MSIA) at www.MSIA.org, an ecumenical, non-denominational organization founded by John-Roger, D.S.S., with communities worldwide. Since 1979, John has presented and created seminars, classes and workshops around the world for the general public as well as graduate students on topics including loving, peace, wealth, relationships, and practical spirituality. Many of his public classes can be viewed on-line via free interactive webcasts at www.msia.org/live. As the President of John Morton Ministries, a non-profit organization dedicated to the study and development of spiritual awareness, peace and service, John coaches and consults with individuals, groups and organizations to help promote harmony, learning and growth. John’s clients range from individuals coping with personal, intimate family matters to executives of corporations managing economic and employee challenges. By focusing on the goodness inherent in each moment and each experience, John helps awaken others to their spiritual nature and opportunities for greater success, peace and well-being. John is the author of The Blessings Already Are and You Are the Blessings: Meditations and Reflections on Life, God and Us. Both books are inspirational guides for finding the blessings in ourselves and everyday life, regardless of our challenges. John has written numerous articles on practical spirituality for MSIA’s worldwide newspaper, the New Day Herald, where he often responds directly to questions from readers. His articles can also be found on HuffingtonPost. John received his Doctoral degree in Spiritual Science (D.S.S.) from Peace Theological Seminary & College of Philosophy, the educational arm of MSIA. He volunteers on the Boards of the University of Santa Monica and Insight University. John has two children and enjoys sports, most especially golf. His life partner is fellow minister and Emmy Award winning actress, Leigh Taylor-Young, and when not traveling they reside in Pacific Palisades, California.

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Comments

  1. Word_Bandit says:

    :-)

  2. Kristen Thurman says:

    Amen! We can create Heaven in the midst of Hell!

  3. puchita 88 says:

    so true, happiness is what we chose to do when ever we want. and yes we can create heaven for us not for the worlds in the midst of hell. if that is what we chose to do. is just to look at the bright side of life even if is cloudy with a high chance of thurderstorms all around and forever. is what we chose that makes us happy. try to do it, even if is not full try to be happy always.