How to Stay Happy, Part II

When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure. ~ Peter Marshall

Happy June! Summer is here – finally, we hope.  No more tornadoes, flooding, excessive rain and snow. Now we can look forward to all the  pleasures of warm weather and sunshine. I’m already anticipating the fresh fruits and vegetables at the local farmer’s market. Yum!

I get a lot of lessons from my garden, and this week’s posts are no exception. As we continue our ‘Five Steps’ series, we’re looking at #4 “”How to Stay Happy”. Despite life’s challenges, you can choose to remain positive. A joy-filled attitude can make even the most trying circumstances feel better.

Right now, for instance, we’re providing final care (thank goodness for Hospice) for a relative. Our normal (whatever that is) lives are on hold. But in the midst of it, we can find opportunities to count our blessings.  

We chat and laugh with friends and neighbors who drop by.

We’re eternally grateful for everyone back home  who are filling in, taking over and keeping things running smoothly in our absence.

We have moments of blessed peace. And we’re glad for this time of service.

So, no matter what you’re dealing with in your own life, you can choose joy. 

Be blessed (acknowledge all the goodness in your life) … then be a blessing. That is the quickest route to happiness.

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