Dare to be happy!
“I dare you to be happy” sang Tina Arena in 2002. It didn’t resonate with me until just last week. Like many of you I have a busy, and at times, complicated life. Financial pressures, family issues, a career and Christmas looming fast. I found myself becoming stressed, lacking in energy and snappy with my family. It wasn’t until I was reminded of this song as I listened to the radio that I felt challeneged. I had forgotten about daring to do anything, never mind be happy!
This got me thinking. I thought about how my circumstances seemed to be taking over my life. It was as if I had lost the ability to steer my life in the direction I wanted it to go. Having received this wake up call from the radio, I decided to take action. Can you imagine what happened next? The first thing was that I immediatley had a sense of satisfaction at being in charge of my own destiny. It felt ‘goooood’, as Bruce Almighty would say. Then I made a decision and chose to risk being happy, no matter what. I say a risk becuase none of us know what will happen from one day to the next.
We can live in fear of loosing our jobs, becoming ill, or our partner having an affair, yet what good does it do us? Choosing to be happy means taking a risk about being disappointed. But the plus side is that you could gain:
- Greater mental and emotional health
- Reduced stress levels
- Less reliance on material things
- Freedom to be yourself
- A positive impact on those around you
I realised that to risk being happy also takes courage to break the mould. If you’re struggling then here are 5 simple tips to help:
- Recall previous occasions when you showed courage and it paid off
- Push yourself a little every day to do something new. E.G. Talk to someone you don’t know, smile at the person who always grimaces at you or slide down the bannister at work! Whatever takes your fancy.
- Embrace the experience of being out of your comfort zone.
- Keep notes on your progress
- Celebrate your success.
So in closing, I wish you every success as you take a risk and dare to be happy! Let me know how you get on.