When life knocks you down, people will tell you to look on the bright side. But what informs the ability to do that?
The Science of Happiness Project administers a test to measure happiness levels, even in the face of difficulty, and in this video, we hear from the first person ever to achieve a perfect score.
Millicent "Mama" Hill shares her insights and attitudes toward life that directly inform her overall sense of happiness and well-being.
Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don't know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you're tired and weary,
because it means you've made a difference.
It's easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
are also thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your blessings.
by Judith Viorst
Is a clean bill of health from the doctor,
And the kids shouldn’t move back home for
more than a year,
And not being audited, overdrawn, in Wilkes-Barre,
in a lawsuit or in traction.
Is falling asleep without Valium,
And having two breasts to put in my brassiere,
And not (yet) needing to get my blood pressure lowered,
my eyelids raised or a second opinion.
And on Saturday nights
When my husband and I have rented
Something with Fred Astaire for the VCR,
And we’re sitting around in our robes discussing,
The state of the world, back exercises, our Keoghs,
And whether to fix the transmission or buy a new car,
And we’re eating a pint of rum-raisin ice cream
on the grounds that
Tomorrow we’re starting a diet of fish, fruit and grain,
And my dad’s in Miami dating a very nice widow,
And no one we love is in serious trouble or pain,
And our bringing-up-baby days are far behind us,
But our senior-citizen days have not begun,
It’s not what I called happiness
When I was twenty-one,
But it’s turning out to be
What happiness is.
What an honor it has been to share this Deepening Gratitude journey with you! Thank you for the time and energy you have put into this process. It is my sincere hope that you have found this experience to be rewarding and useful!
If you are interested in taking your practice further, using gratitude to explore big subjects like joy, forgiveness, and gratitude in the face of hardship, please consider reaching out to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With one to one coaching, it is possible to tailor a journey to your needs, addressing any challenges that are specific to you while also taking your practice - and your relationship with life - to an entirely new level. Why not take the opportunity to talk with me about it and see if it might be right for you?