Do you live in the future, always thinking whatever is waiting for you is down the road?
All those things you’re waiting for might never happen. Some of the best things in life aren't things you have to wait to experience until you're rich or retired or happily married. Here are seven joyful parts of life you can experience right now.
1. Give, without limits, to others.
You don’t have to make the Forbes list of wealthiest people to start giving away your money or time. Generosity is a habit you can work on today. You don’t have to give away millions of dollars. You can hand money to someone holding a sign on the street. You can tip the waitstaff double.
You can leave a tip for someone who cleans your hotel room. Give at unexpected times. Give to people who weren’t looking to be helped. Give to those you know are in need but who don’t ask.
2. Be kind for kindness' sake.
Kindness isn’t a two-way street. You don’t have to wait until someone is kind to you before you can be kind to them. You can even take this exercise a step further by looking for people who are particularly rude and returning the favor by being kind. Look for people who are having bad days or who have it out for you and respond to toxicity with kindness.
Look for people who are angry, frustrated, or in pain, and be kind to them. Look for people whom life has taken for granted or who are not noticed, and extend kindness to them.
3. Revel in the miracle of living.
You don’t have to wait to find your dream job, for Mr. Right to come into your life, or for the sun to come back out so you can be happy. Your happiness doesn't depend on anyone except yourself.
Happiness is a choice. You can get happier by changing your perspective, by appreciating what you have, by practicing acceptance, and by surrendering to what life sends your way.
Uncover slices of happiness every day by saying no to the things that don’t bring you joy and spending more time on the things that do. Happiness is every day, not someday.
4. Love fully.
You can’t wait for love to show up. Instead, start being more loving to yourself and those around you. You can practice love by being more compassionate, more understanding, and more generous. Do that, and you’ll attract loving relationships more quickly than you could imagine.
5. Attract abundance.
Have you noticed that when you focus on the good stuff, more good stuff shows up? Celebrate what you have today. Help someone. Give a little. Appreciate someone. Acknowledge the comforts in your life. Recognize the abundance you already have, and more will come.
6. Walk in peace.
World peace seems elusive and beyond our control. But we can control our own actions to create more peace in our own lives. How?
Peace means not complaining about or holding judgments against others. Peace means letting go of disappointments and failures. It means letting go of expectations or certain desired results.
Peace is about opening your heart to what comes your way. No matter how chaotic your life is, you can open your heart to peace today. Breathe in and breathe out. Peace awaits you.
7. Wake up with purpose.
You might be waiting for a call from God or a mountaintop epiphany, but what if your purpose is already here? What if you already know it? What if your past has clues about it?
You may not have to find your purpose. Perhaps you just need to acknowledge it. How do you serve people? What are your gifts or talents? What brings you joy in work and at home?
Once you recognize your purpose, go about living it. If your purpose is to create, create today. If your purpose is to empower, empower now. Do it in your job; do it in your personal life. Live your purpose right now. Don't let anyone stop you.
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