Opportunities for happiness present themselves to us all the time. Whether or not you are open to them is another matter.
Choosing happiness requires a conscious shift in your thoughts, behaviour and emotions. They are all linked.
Daily Practice: Combat negative thoughts. Focus on changing your thoughts. Replace negative thoughts with positive thoughts. If you find yourself in the throes of negative mind chatter, replace them with mental images of what you desire in that situation.
Happiness comes from not depending on others to make you happy.
‘If you want joy, reduce your desires. If you want peace, reduce your ego. If you want security, keep the instincts of sex and palate under control. If you hope for the best, be prepared for the worst. Face the fact that there is no life without suffering. Face the problems by overcoming them. Face the challenges of life by falling back on the changeless. Face death by knowing the deathless in yourself; face the uncertainties of life by making them a part of your life. Face the past by acting on the living present. Face the nightmares by waking up. Face the sufferings by developing immunity against them.”