Dealing with depression on a daily basis is a challenge. Even for those that don’t struggle with depression, days can become full of frustration and the struggles of work and groceries, homework and meals. Often it feels like happiness is elusive.
But happiness is a choice and one that is YOURS and MINE to make. It is helpful to have a strategy to aid in making this choice. I sat down and gave some thought to the various words of wisdom that I try to incorporate into my daily life. Practicing The ABCs of Happiness aids in keeping my depression at bay and supports healthy living.
A – Always be willing to say you are sorry first when you are wrong and sometimes even when you are not.
B – Believe in the good in yourself and in those around you.
C – Chase after dreams and goals that are your own not someone else’s.
D – Dream big, live large, but in the way that you define is right for you.
E – Embrace that which makes you delicate; it is the delicate that teaches us to be strong.
F – Find gratitude each and every day in both big and small ways.
G – Give love and affection to others and accept the love and affection others give to you.
H – Have courage to buck societal norms and pave a path that is true to your heart.
I – Intentionality….start your day with setting an intention and remember it throughout the day.
J – Jump and play like a kid often.
K – Know your limitations then bust through them anyway!
L – Love large, put your heart out there, you will never receive love if you don’t give it first.
M – Make time for self love and self care.
N – Never be afraid to take a risk.
O – Open your eyes and heart to the perspective of others. You may not agree but you will learn something.
P – Pursue your dreams relentlessly.
Q – Query others on they do to find joy and try out some of their ideas.
R – Respect everyone even if you don’t like them.
S – Show compassion always.
T – Try new things, places, etc. regularly
U – Use your time wisely.
V – Value relationships and experiences over material possessions.
W – Wait until your emotions subside before dealing with difficult issues so you can approach the situation with a clear head.
X – X-ray yourself regularly to find out where you can work on being a better person.
Y – Yearn for the future, cherish the past, LIVE in the present
Z – Zero grudges, zero regrets.
Call to action: What do you live by that helps you choose happiness in your life? Comment below.