8 Happiness-Inducing Strategies

Advice for those who want to choose life over sadness, bitterness or basic existence. 

by Lynda Fishman • More.com Member { View Profile }

None of us are ever free from bad circumstances or tough conditions — that’s life — but whatever life throws at us, the way we CHOOSE to react, is up to us. As people, our power lies in how we respond to everything we are faced with, whether it’s a personal crisis or tragedy, a business challenge, or just everyday life. 

When I was 13, my mother and two sisters were killed in an Air Canada plane crash. Although my father was not on the plane, his life ended that day as well. He withdrew into his own new world and was consumed by despair.

There’s a crucial difference between truly living and existence that is often mistaken for being alive.

I met my husband Barry when we were teens. Barry too experienced a terrible tragedy in his childhood. Orphaned at 17, he was left to care for his brother with special needs. 

Barry is now the President and CEO of Teva Canada. I am a clinical social worker, author of Repairing Rainbows, and an inspirational speaker.

We’ve always said that you deal with what you have to deal with — what choice did we have? But looking back, I realize that we did have choices. No matter what we are faced with, we always have choices. And we make choices. Even when people are faced with very similar situations, they don’t choose to deal with things the same way.  

We’ve come up with right important happiness-inducing strategies for people who want to choose life over sadness, bitterness or basic existence — for people who want to choose to be happy and successful.

SPEND TIME WITH POSITIVE PEOPLE

STAY BUSY

HELP OTHERS

EXPRESS GRATITUDE

LOOK AHEAD – DON’T LOOK BACK

HAVE FAITH & PATIENCE

SPEND TIME WITH ANIMALS

CHOOSE YOUR THOUGHTS

Life is precious and must be cherished. In the end, not that there really is an end, it’s all going to be about how much you smiled, how much you laughed, and how much you enjoyed your life.  

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