Earl Nightingale said it best: “We become what we think about.”
When I think joy, I am joyful. When I think irritation, I am irritable. When you think blessings, you are blessed. When you think favorably, you have favor.
Positive and joyful thinking is not an overnight skill or even a one-month goal. It is the hardest way of thinking to develop because it takes daily practice over months and years until it becomes a habit as engrained as brushing your teeth.
Choose to listen to a learning CD, especially when the kids are in the car with you, rather than the radio on the drive to work. Turn off the news. Smile at others when out in public daily. Give them your newfound joy and peace through your smile. Say hello and compliment them. Have you written down what you are thankful for today? The gratitude journal is a great habit to begin if you haven’t done so. Even just thinking about your gratitude at the end of the day is a beautiful start. Be thankful for all the great people in your life.
What areas of your life can use more joy? What can you begin today?