Art of Living Happy – Declaring Independence
Happy Fourth of July! Today is the day, as a nation, we celebrate our countries independence from Great Britain. As you celebrate this festive holiday, by hosting or attending a barbecue or going to watch a fire works display – I would like to challenge you to take time and declare some independence for yourself, ideally on a daily basis.
By declaring independence for yourself, I am referring to allowing your thoughts to free themselves from your conscious thinking. If, for example, you have a major stress in your life – say a divorce, a job loss, or even not so major stress like whiny children, designate a specific period of time during the day to stop thinking about what is stressing you. Read a book, take a nap, meditate, participate in a yoga class or even just sit outside and listen to the birds chirp and the wind rustle in the trees (or listen to the passing cars, and sirens – if you live in a city!)
Everyone has issues and commitments that need attention throughout the day, what I am suggesting is to make that commitment to yourself to actually free yourself from the imprisoning thoughts of stress and annoyances. You will be a much happier person if you treat yourself with as much care and compassion as you bestow upon your friends, family and co-workers. I guarantee it!
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