Being in Nature
-Walking in the woods whenever possible.
-Watching the birds and other animals. (You may want to get a bird feeder.)
-Nurturing plants inside and outside the house; delighting in their growth and showiness.
-Going to fruit and vegetable farms and bringing home its bounty for your meals.
-Walking on the beach, seeing and feeling the symphony of life that goes on there.
-Remembering that “this too shall pass.”
-Knowing that positive relationships bring happiness.
-Keeping in mind that each challenge is a lesson and an opportunity for growth.
-Appreciating that the world does not revolve around “me”---but that you do have a place in it, with your own unique contributions to the whole.
Attitude of Gratitude
-Taking walks with the intention of appreciating the beautiful, humorous or moving.
-Accepting and appreciating your body.
-Understanding that the ordinariness of today, and what we do with it, will have an impact upon tomorrow and generations to come.
-Intentionally focus upon the positive and not the negative.
-Sprinkle humor and play throughout your days.
-Choosing books, movies and music that uplift rather than depresses you or degrades others.
-Spending time with people who are supportive and inspiring.
-Surround yourself with beauty, such as favorite artwork, flowers and candles or religious icons.
-Being the best that you can be by doing the “right thing,” whether picking up a piece of litter or letting go of resentment.
-Writing in your dream journal to stay in touch with your truest self.
-Scheduling time alone on your calendar and during each of your days.
-Spending some time every day doing nothing but sitting and contemplating your life and the people in it.
-Communing directly with God or Spirit in an ongoing basis.
Finally, you might like to create a feeling of the divine in a “Sacred Space” in your home. Your home is a sanctuary where you can surround yourself with symbols and treasures that make you feel good; immerse yourself in your spirituality. This place can be a dresser top, closet, an extra room or your entire house and garden. Because you exist, you deserve to be happy.
Mitchell, J., Sunday Oregonian, Sept. 4, 1994
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