Plenty of people miss their share of happiness not because they never found it, but because they didn’t stop to enjoy it.
~William Feather, American publisher and author
Decide to be happy. Delight in the here and now. See the treasures that you seek right before you. Bring this perspective to your life, and your life will respond. You will see the world showing up just for you. Your friends will smile just for you. Your children will laugh just for you. The flowers will bloom just for you. The stars will shine just for you. The sun will beam down just for you. Then be sure to say thank-you for your incredible gifts. When you make the decision to be happy, stop to smell the roses, and take in the amazing aroma that is the sweet life, your la dolce vita, you will realize that you already possess all the happiness you will ever need. So accept that happy place, and just for today, share hugs that energize your core, share laughter that builds momentum for joy, share your time and allow for connections to grow, share your wonderful smile that brightens the world, and share gratitude for this magical day. Don’t miss out on another moment because you forgot to appreciate it. Really take the time to enjoy your la dolce vita every day of the year!
Magical Key to Bliss: Stop and smell the roses, never missing an opportunity!
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It’s all a matter of intention. There is so much to be grateful for, so much to be in awe about. Life is precious and extraordinary. Pay attention to this fact, and little, ordinary things will take on a whole new meaning.
~Richard Carlson, PhD, American author of Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…and It’s All Small Stuff
Before you start your day, do you set your intentions? When you consciously take a moment of silent meditation and visualize well, it is amazing how magically the day unfolds before you. If this is a foreign concept to you, go within and ask your intuitive heart what you really yearn for. Receive the first thing that comes to mind, and set your intention that whatever unfolds in your life today will rise to this yearning. Speak faith over your life with impeccable words of success for the opportunities that will be your gift to experience. Stand in gratitude, staying present to life’s precious moments. When you set your intentions each day, ordinary events will take on extraordinary meaning as they take you to a place of greater peace and joy. The key to all of this is to find a way to stay still so that you can hear what your life is saying and then be able to respond accordingly. When you settle your mind, all the negative chatter subsides. When you cherish moments of silence, you will see magic as the veil is lifted. If you intentionally seek, you are sure to find what you most desire. You just have to get silent to hear, and for this simple notion, be grateful!
Magical Key to Bliss: Set your intentions first thing, and away you go!
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Gratitude is the law of increase, and complaint is the law of decrease.
~Florence Scovel Shinn, American spiritual author of The Game of Life and How to Play It
It is November, and the year is almost over. At the beginning of the year, you set out on the journey resolving to bring to light new hopes and dreams. During the eleventh month, while you may or may not have fully realized all that you wanted to, as long as you maintain a gratitude practice, you can be sure that you have laid the framework over the past several months to experience all the good that life has to offer. Stand in gratitude for all that you have accomplished thus far, and do your best to stay away from complaints because your dreams continue on their way to you. When you decide to live in gratefulness and maintain a patient perspective, you will keep your poise as you reenergize with enthusiasm, knowing your desires will be fully discovered. Do your best to choose to stay away from the negativity that will do nothing but drain and decrease your potential. Keep a deep appreciation for the law of gratitude that will increase your chance to succeed. As you discipline your focus in this positive direction, you will find that an attitude of gratitude never fails. At a minimum, it will bolster your opportunities to realize all your hopes and dreams this year and into the next with an open and grateful heart! You will certainly feel more confident for it!
Magical Key to Bliss: Stay grateful, my friends, and your abundance will increase!
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It surprises me how disinterested we are today about things like physics, space, the universe and philosophy of our existence, our purpose, our final destination. It’s a crazy world out there. Be curious.
~Stephen Hawking, British theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author of A Brief History of Time
Always striving, always doing, and always looking for a way to move your life forward. Today instead of reaching for your golden star, make your intention one of gratitude for all your blessings through your connection with so many wonderful people. Even as an adult, it is important to recognize that you are a human being, not a human doing. You need to make time for rest and relaxation. You need to get away from the hectic and busy nature of your life and just be. As the holiday season nears, instead of going out and acquiring more material possessions, make an investment in downtime, whether alone or with your family unit. This can be a time for spiritual enhancement as you take the opportunity to regroup, reestablish your priorities, and stand in gratitude for the blessings in your life. Instead of setting out on Black Friday, go within and rejoice in all that you already have. Stop striving, doing, and looking, and start saying thank-you for the spiritual gifts you have. As you live in line with your spirit, others will see your good manners and want to follow suit. With no more than you already have, there is so much to be grateful for. Be curious.
Magical Key to Bliss: Make saying thank-you for your crazy world your spiritual practice.
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Gratitude begins in the heart and then dovetails into behavior. It almost always makes you willing to be of service, which is where the joy resides.
~Anne Lamott, American novelist, nonfiction writer, and author of Help, Thanks, Wow
If gratitude is a habit, then you must practice it each and every day. In your mind or out loud, you must repeat, again and again, “Thank you, thank you, thank you” until it rolls off the tongue like a beautiful operetta. Repetition of appreciation allows the mind and soul to refocus your life on the blessings rather than the hardships. This process of ingraining gratitude into every fiber of your being becomes radical especially during the discomfort, sadness, or strife. There is spiritual empowerment the moment gratitude takes over. Even if life deals you a particularly difficult hand—today, yesterday, or tomorrow—when you pay attention to gratitude, you are liberated from heaviness and delivered into the light. Gratitude for everything wakes up the heart muscle to feel love. Radical gratitude encourages you to be grateful even for the bad! When you allow yourself to believe that something beautiful resides in the darkness, you will repeat again and again, “Thank you, thank you, thank you.” This habit of loving-kindness takes that feeling of gratitude and allows you to pay it forward in service to others as well. It is when you open up to serve that joy is truly born. The gratitude habit will guide you to a place of pure bliss if you let it. And that has been the purpose of this journey since the first day!
Magical Key to Bliss: Serve with gratitude today, and feel the intense joy!
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We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
~Thornton Wilder, American playwright and novelist
You feel most alive when you have gratitude in your heart. When you are aware of your treasures, you feel alive. When you recognize the love in your life, you feel alive. When you breathe in a calm sense of understanding of your own true calling, you feel alive. Imagine that. When you take the time to truly appreciate your treasures surrounding you, the people who love you, and the deep breath that sustains you, you get to feel more and more alive. What an amazing benefit you get by choosing to have an attitude of gratitude! You can be thankful for so much: the passion you experience from an artistic masterpiece, the emotion that a wonderful aria stirs in your soul, or even the enlightenment from conversations that open your mind. These are the conscious treasures you get to experience each and every day. This is the joy that comes when you are truly grateful. Shout out to others in gratitude for letting you unite and be part of the whole process of extraordinary because these are the experiences that make life worth living. And as long as you are here, don’t you want to feel more alive? So be grateful for it all!
Magical Key to Bliss: Feel more alive, and be sure to say thank-you many times today!
Look well to this day. Yesterday is but a dream, and tomorrow is only a vision. But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well therefore to this day.
~Excerpt, ancient Sanskrit poem
Wow! You opened your eyes and could see; you listened again and could hear; you were embraced by a hug and could feel; you smelled the fragrance of the day; you tasted the warmth of nourishment. You are here again for a new day, filled with opportunity. The field of possibility is waiting for your order, so what will you intend today? When you wake in the morning, give gratitude for that opportunity to be a part of the world today. If you live today with the intention to make the most of each experience, whether your mind describes it as good or bad, it will be a day well lived. It is your choice. And with the choice to live between the dream of happiness and the vision of hope, allow the joy to overwhelm you as you take in the simplicity of the beauty that surrounds you. Ah, to start this way—what a gift! So then, you must look well to this day. And if you decide that your life starts and ends with a prayer, just believe that everything in between is the perfect answer for which you can be grateful!
Magical Key to Bliss: Embark on a new day filled with possibilities!
For me, every hour is grace. And I feel gratitude in my heart each time I can meet someone and look at his or her smile.
~Elie Wiesel, Romanian-born Jewish writer, political activist, author of Night, and a Holocaust survivor
The wisdom that we get from the wisest members of society rests on its simplicity. With Elie Wiesel, a survivor of the horrors of the Holocaust, this wisdom came to him and then through him from a period that would challenge even the strongest of men and women. From a man like this, we learn to value the moments of our lives in the ordinary and embrace the simple beauty that those meaningful moments deliver. As we prepare to share the festivities of the holiday season, keep in mind that this time together is in fact a gift that will never be repeated the same way again. As we share in the breaking of bread with our loved ones, let us allow grace to bless us through the sharing of our rich stories of the past and present, which will affect our future. We must witness the animated conversations and loving smiles shared that expand our souls even more. Let us continue to be extremely grateful to all, engaging in a warm embrace, reaching out of our comfort zone, and being vulnerable with our heart and soul. If we simply live, starting with a smile, we are well on the way to being open to a more satisfying existence. Through our loving actions and positive insights, we begin to allow the universe to mirror our behavior back to us. And then what would have been ordinary will magically transform, blessed by a moment of grace, into the extraordinary.
Magical Key to Bliss: Feel gratitude for each moment of grace!
A difficult time can be more readily endured if we retain the conviction that our existence holds a purpose—a cause to pursue, a person to love, a goal to achieve.
~John Maxwell, American author, speaker, and pastor
Today, even if you are going through challenges with your health, relationships, job, or the like, stand in gratitude for all that continues to function well in your life. Focus on what you are enjoying, and continue to be grateful for that. Be grateful for your eyes if you are able to see the beautiful colors all around you, your ears if you can hear the amazing sounds of life, your brain if you are able to process your experience here, and your body if you are still able to move gracefully free from significant pain. While you may not be able to change what is going wrong in your world right now, by focusing on what is going right, you get a reprieve if only for just a moment from the difficult time, as you recognize that your existence still holds a purpose. As long as you are here, you still have things to do. As long as you love, you still have people to engage with. As long as you have set goals, you have something to strive for. Even if the challenges seem overwhelming, you can handle them easier if you make a shift and focus on the magic of your life while embracing the positive energy that will surround you.
Magical Key to Bliss: Focus on what works, and experience the magic in your life more readily!
Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.
~John Homer Miller, American educator and author of Take a Second Look at Yourself
You are the lead actor and the director in the play that is your life. You do get to decide your motivation as the script unfolds. The good news is that despite what goes on around you, you get to choose how you react to whatever life throws your way. Empowered by this realization, every day is a new day in which you get to decide which way to go. Will you play the victim or the victor? If it is the victor, appreciate each character who crosses your path to ensure allies. Decide today that all things will work in your favor. Find goodness in each moment, and truly embrace the magnitude of every opportunity. As the lead actor of your story, make a conscious decision to adopt an attitude of gratitude. As the director, remember there are no random scenes or coincidences in your play. Everything that happens has a reason. You get to decide to bring the energy of an optimist or of a pessimist as you watch it unfold. When you take on an attitude of gratitude, you will stand in appreciation for everything. Remember, this is your once around. No matter what happens, choose well a positive approach, and be sure that any ending to each scene will be triumphant for the lessons learned along the way.
Magical Key to Bliss: Choose to play the victor today!