Do Not Be Discouraged

Encouragement and Personal Development

becoming happy

happiness elderly man with happiness attitudeSo, how do you develop a habit of happiness? Here’s some food for thought on happiness and how you can become a happier person with the right attitude and thought processes. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be perfect. Just give it a try.

You need to break larger goals down into smaller steps and create a plan of action to achieve them.
– Richard Parkes Cordock

Life will always be full of challenges and problems. Those who wait for life to be perfect before being happy either need to redefine their definition of perfect or rework their requirements for being happy. Often I meet people who have some obstacle, something they need, some hurdle to pass before life begins. What they fail to realize is that these obstacles, needs and hurdles are actually what makes up life.

Don’t wait to be happy. Take responsiblilty for your feelings, stop depending on exterior things, realize you are not in control of much, but you are in control of your happiness. So make a choice to be happy and enjoy the challenges and problems of life.

You have within you right now, everything you need to deal with whatever the world can throw at you.
– Brian Tracy

Try to use affirmations. It’s OK, give yourself permission and don’t laugh. It works. Look in the mirror and give yourself a large smile. Love yourself. Embrace who you are. Literally tell yourself that God loves you and you are worthy of being loved. Tell yourself “I love you”

See yourself doing the things you’ll be doing when you’ve reached your goal.
– E. Nightingale

Envision yourself being happy. Why not? You deserve it. And if you don’t, then what are you helping by not being happy. Is it your penance? Because I can think of much better things to help you get closer to God. I’m convinced God wants us to be joy filled people. And joy filled people are normally happy.

If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.
– Sun Tzu

Be grateful for what you have. If you must, then write a list. God has blessed you in many ways and it is vital that we take notice of that and give thanks.

Every blessing ignored becomes a curse.
– Paulo Coelho


When I was 5 years old my mom told me that happiness was the key to life.
When I went to school they asked me what I wanted to be.
I told them “happy”
They told me I didn’t understand the assignment.
I told them they didn’t understand life.

One thought on “Happiness

  1. Dear Father James,
    Thank you for your words of encouragement, writings and book, “Get Serious.” I converted to Catholicism last year and have been working on improving.
    You have been very helpful.
    Thank you again,

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