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Happiness, Let it Shine!

A song from my childhood has been resonating in my heart recently:

“This little light of mine; I’m gonna let it shine…”

“Everywhere I go; I’m gonna let it shine…”

“All over the world; I’m gonna let it shine…”

“Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

During our few minutes together, I want to encourage all of you to let your lights shine!  What is this light: Happiness.

I want us all to share our happiness like a contagion. However, unlike measles, mumps, or chicken pox happiness is very much welcomed and opens the doors for transforming your life.

When I speak of spreading your happiness around, I am referring to happiness in all its forms:

Smiling, hugging, laughing, uncontrolled giggling, wildly dancing about, and all other joyous expressions.  I am encouraging us all to smile and hug the people we love (and want to love) and those who need more love (everyone) more often, laugh louder and longer.  Giggle in places that it is not always expected and/or accepted.  Lastly, let’s dance wildly in the grocery store, in the restaurant, at family reunions, and at our places of worship.  It is urgent that we spread this contagion as thoroughly and as quickly as possible.

Happiness in an “inside job”; what you have on the inside will be reflected on the outside. To ensure you have a full tank of happy, I suggest incorporating the follow habits into your daily life:

Practice Daily Gratitude:

Start and end each day with gratitude.  Before you leave the house to get on the freeway, expressway, or subway write down five things you are grateful for.  This will fill your conscious and subconscious mind with the good that surrounds you.  Additionally, having an eye for the good brings more good toward you (like attracts like).  Recognizing the abundance of good in your life and expressing gratitude for the good, has the potential to infuse happiness into your daily commute, your daily communications, contacts, and conversations.  End your day by writing 5 things you are grateful for. This will help you shake off the cares of the day, allows you to refocus on the things in life that matter, and lets the universe know you are open, ready, and available for more good.  All of which will of course increase your overall happiness quotient.

As you fill up on happiness, it will show in the beauty of your smile, the lilt in your step, the wiggle in your giggle, and the glow of joy that will surround you.

You mission is simple: Let your happiness shine!

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