Let Yourself Be Happy

Why not let yourself be happy? Image of a sad puppy.

Aristotle believed in two kinds of happiness. Hedonic happiness is derived from pleasure. The second kind of happiness is eudaimonia. This comes from pursuing virtue and meaning.

Let yourself be happy:

Are challenges overflowing? Let Yourself be happy. Life without challenge is meaningless.

Are your good intentions misunderstood? Let yourself be happy. No one on earth fully understands you. You don’t fully understand yourself.

When struggle ends in defeat, let yourself be happy. You pressed forward. So what if you failed. Life is in the effort.

Are you disappointed in yourself? You aren’t alone. It’s normal to worry that you could have done better. Let yourself be happy.

Honor your future by letting yourself by happy. Image of a happy dog.

Do your knees buckle under the weight of responsibility? Let yourself be happy. Celebrate the next step.

When uncertainty infiltrates decisions, let yourself be happy. You are free to explore options and make choices.

Are you dizzy from rejection? Let yourself be happy. You can’t control others.

When you wonder if you’re enough, let yourself be happy. You became enough in the past. And when you fail you learn.

Do you care more deeply than others? Let yourself be happy. Feeling alone reminds you to nurture relationships that bring joy to others and yourself.

Let yourself be happy. The world will go on without you.

Image of a happy duckling.

How to let yourself be happy:

  1. Practice gratitude even when you don’t feel grateful.
  2. Take a break even when there’s more to do. There’s always more to do.
  3. Accept your current situation, even though you want something different.
  4. Work to improve your ability to contribute.
  5. Spend time reflecting on your day. Take note of harmful patterns and attitudes.

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” Viktor Frankl

How can you let yourself be happy today?

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