A Note From Dr. Beverly Nelson, Director
We all live ‘inside our heads’, to some extent. Whether it’s a conscious or unconscious choice, we are in a permanent state of focus: some of us try – with various degrees of success – to focus on the bright side of life: the positive aspect of every situation. It is a full time responsibility and an acquired habit, that has a direct impact on our present and also on our future.
The choice of happiness is never easy, and it most certainly is never ‘over’. None of us will ever master the art of being perpetually happy, because life functions by a series of contrasts. In order to really value the things that bring us happiness, there have to be some situations – hopefully, not too many! – that bring us the necessary awareness to acknowledge the good, the beautiful, the positive.
How could we value sunlight if there was never night? Or, how could we even know that there are stars in the sky, if it were always day?
We are as responsible for our happiness as we are of our own personal grooming, paying our bills and taking care of our health. This is something that most of us weren’t taught since infancy: we had to learn it as we go along. Remember it is never too late to learn the lesson of happiness! You can always pass it along to your friends, to your children or grandchildren.
How about YOU? Are you choosing happiness? How do you make it a daily, permanent habit? I would love to hear from you!