Come on, Get Happy!
A Positive Attitude Can Change Your Life
Everywhere we look today, advertisements promise that once we are “successful enough”, we will “arrive” and finally experience true happiness.
Many of us are led to believe that once we get the perfect house, job or when we retire, we will finally reach a place of happiness. But what if happiness isn’t a place that we arrive, at all? What if instead, real happiness—the kind that brings peace and gratitude along for the ride– is a choice?
The truth is that to a large degree we can choose to be happy, and much of this choice has to do with the small decisions we make each day. In many ways, happiness is a state of mind–and we control our mind, our thoughts, and our outlook.
Some people seem to be natural-born optimists. For them, the glass is always half full. But for those who are tempted to see their glass as half empty (and full of mud), read on for ideas to navigate your way out of the most common positivity pitfalls.
1. Molehills and mountains.
“Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill.” We’ve probably all heard that expression directed at us at some point. But sometimes, it’s hard not to over-react when bad things happen.
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2. Avoid the discontentment trap
Keeping up with The Jones’ is as American as apple pie. But in the last twenty years, the Jones family has stockpiled a lot more stuff to keep up with.
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3. Stay connected
We humans are social creatures. Even the most introverted people need some form of connection to thrive. And that can be a real challenge for those who are advancing in years (especially if you do not have family who live close to you.)
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Remember, happiness is a choice. So the next time you catch yourself feeling down, ask yourself if you’ve fallen into a positivity pitfall, and consider changing your perspective. With practice, being positive will become your new habit, and you’ll soon discover that glass is, after all, half full.
Marty’s Musings on positive thinking.
|ABQ BioPark Aquarium
Under the sea! Sharks, Jellyfish, and Sea Turtles await you, along with lunch at the café.
Saturday, Feb. 8
$55, includes lunch
Register by: Feb. 4
|Arte en la Charreria:
The Artisanship of Mexican Equestrian Culture
The Albuquerque Museum of Art and Culture
This exhibition emphasizes the rich legacy of tradition and valor, honor and custom and war and peace that surrounds the Mexican charro; the life of revered horsemen.
Saturday, Feb. 15
Register by: Feb. 8
|My Favorite Year (the musical) and Dinner
El Pinto and Adobe Theatre
Benjy Stone is a 1950’s sketch writer for a live television variety show. The task of keeping the show’s celebrities sober and celibate until airtime falls to Benjy, who soon finds himself involved in a series of shenanigans.
Friday, Feb. 21
$150, cost does not include dinner
Register by: Feb. 14
|The Loretto Chapel
and Lunch at The Shed, Santa Fe
The sisters of the Chapel made a novena to St. Joseph to help find a solution to the seating problem. A man appeared on the ninth day with a donkey and a toolbox, looking for work. Months later, the elegant circular staircase was completed, and the carpenter disappeared without pay or thanks. Some people concluded that he was St. Joseph himself!
Sunday, March, 1
$100, cost of lunch not included
Register by: Feb. 22