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Jan
26
2012

Happiness Pledge

in Life Lessons

Photo from atsoram on www.sxc.hu

In a world of unemployment, medical problems, political debate, equality differences, and constant bad news from the media, to latch on to happiness takes real effort. I, for one, am tired of the negativity.

Every time I log onto Facebook, all I see is bad news. All the major news outlets are the same way. I cannot even listen to the radio or check my email without somebody telling me something negative. I get that we are all struggling with different things, but when sharing problems begins looking more like a suicide hotline… change needs to happen. We need to start focusing on the good stuff for awhile.

Take my family this last week, for example. My oldest had her tonsils and adenoids removed and the lack of sleep and her pain level has had us all on edge. On top of that, my boys are trying to test their limits. There is a pretty stressed family locked inside these four walls. BUT, on the positive side:

  1. Wounds heal. My daughter will sleep, eat, and breathe better soon.
  2. All kids have to learn their boundaries sometime. If you never test your parents, are you truly being a kid? By testing, they learned the limits, and that is a good thing.
  3. My husband and I have been a team through it all. It is awesome to have your best friend, biggest supporter, and co-captain all wrapped into one person.

There is always something good going on. Always. We just have to train our brain to look for it.

Over the last few days, I have run a little experiment on Facebook where I would throw out a random emoticon or question like “What is going on that is good?” when things seemed tense in a group. I am always fascinated by the response. I get some “likes” and a couple of positive remarks, but on the whole, people are too downtrodden with the negative to think of anything positive. They would rather just gripe.

I’ve always heard that it takes 21 days to change a habit. I found that to be true with exercise, healthy eating, and daily devotional time, so I am ready to put it to the test again.

Here is my plan: every day for the next 21 days, I am going to focus on finding the good. And every day (that I am within reach of a computer), I am going to post three good things about the day on my Facebook author page.

I would LOVE for you to do the same. If you are willing to take the Happiness Pledge, please share this piece with your friends and family. “Like” it on Facebook, email it, put it in the signature line of your email… something. Let’s get the word out. You guys did great with sharing my Pause Button theory, and I am still hearing positive feedback from it. Let’s make this even bigger.

Let’s work together to change a negative habit in 21 days.


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