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  1. That’s what we have to do, don’t worry be happy, worrying helps nothing. I just think about my grandbabies and it always puts a BIG old smile on my face. Thank you Christie for linking up and co-hosting at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I shared this post.

  2. Hi, Christie – I like the Tolstoy quote…and the three actions that you shared that can help make you feel happy. Previously, I did some research on the topic of happiness. According to what I read, here are some other variables that directly help to contribute to happiness:
    • Close relationships of caring and support with family and friends.
    • Actively engaged in meaningful activity.
    • Gratitude.
    • Having awareness of your own strengths and virtues.
    • Regular sleep, healthy food and exercise.
    • Spiritual engagement and meaning.
    And as you mentioned…..
    • Engaged in caring for others.

    Thanks for sharing this!

    #blogginggrandmotherslinkparty .

    • I am also concerned about the political troubles in the U.S. and the violence around the world. I make a conscious effort to control what I can–how I treat others and myself–hopefully with the utmost kindness. I’m glad I could provide a little perspective through Tolstoy. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

  3. Great ideas! I have a whole Facebook page dedicated to “Choosing Happiness.” I try to see what is good about a situation, no matter what it is. Sometimes it’s harder than others, but I think I’m getting batter at it.
    Thank you for sharing at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty

    • Thanks Lori. I’ll definitely check out your Choosing Happiness page. It’s a work in progress for sure. It’s been fun cohosting the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty with you.

  4. I’m in total agreement with your 3 simple actions. Each one does help me to feel happier. One thing that works for me, and this might sound crazy, but sometimes I just think to myself “I’m having a moment”. Such as when it’s a beautiful sunny day I like to go outside and sit with my face to the sun and think “I’m having a moment”. Or just sitting down in solitude and enjoying a cup of coffee and having a moment.

    • I love that Teresa. It’s good to remind ourselves to notice all the beautiful little moments during the day. Each night, before I go to bed, I write down three good things that happened during the day. It’s helps me savor those moments again, and it also keeps me mindful during the day, watching for those three good things. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I’m going to try your “I’m having a moment” tip.

  5. I so wish I could turn my brain off and not worry or be concerned. I love your suggestions. Thank you for linking up at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I shared this post.

    • Easier said than done, isn’t it? I have found taking these small steps helps. Now that it’s warming up (most days at least–spring is unpredictable here in Utah), getting outdoors is a great mood lifter for me. And, of course, spending time with the grandchildren. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. I love that picture of the little girl hanging upside down on the porch railing, and I remember (vaguely) being that carefree many years ago. How sweet! Thanks for your wise words. Thank you for linking up at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I’m sharing your post on social media.

  7. I find that being present in the moment helps create happiness and satisfaction. For example, whenI am out for a walk in nature, I turn my thoughts away from inner worries and instead notice the feeling of the sun on my skin, the way the trees look, and the buzzing of the bees. Or when I am doing a creative project, I focus 100% on it and get completely immersed. Happiness is a byproduct, rather than something that can be obtained directly.

    I found your link through #Blogging GrandmothersLinkParty.

    Jude

    • Thank you Jude. I agree that I feel the most happy when I immerse myself in the present moment (or sometimes reliving happy memories, especially with someone who shares those memories). I love your perspective that happiness is a byproduct, not something you can obtain directly. Thank you for taking the time to comment.

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