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Joy: From the Ground Up

Making Happiness a Habit March 11, 2013

The great and powerful “they” say it takes 21 days to get into a new habit. Good, bad or indifferent as the habit may be, I’d have to say I agree. On day 22 in a row of writing this blog, my newly certified habit found its words in a post on how money can’t buy happiness. As I reflect on that day, I don’t think it’s a coincidence that I had happiness on my newly habitual mind.Happy Blogging!

Fast-forward to today: my 81st day in a row blogging every day and it is definitely a happy day in my life. Today I hit a landmark of 1,000 likes on Wiley’s Wisdom, which inspires me to contemplate Mahatma Gandhi’s words on happiness. “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony,” Gandhi reminds us. I celebrate this happiness today.Joy

It hasn’t been easy blogging every day. I often worry about whether my stories are even interesting or my thoughts insightful. But this isn’t about me. It is about my heartfelt mission in life to share my thoughts on joy with as many people as possible through what I say, and that is exactly what I will continue to do.

So today I choose share the happiness I feel with you. “Be the change you want to see in the world,” as Gandhi would say. To every single one of you who have supported me, offered me feedback, and (in all honesty) been a friend to me: thank you. I’ve never really had friends before, at least not in the practical sense. Yet in less than three short months since I started Joy: From the Ground Up, I now have more than 150 of them. I am so blessed.

I don’t think it is a coincidence that I wrote one of my first posts on happiness the day after it became an unconscious habit for me. When it comes to coincidence I am also a believer in something I call “God things.” You know, those moments when the stars align, the heavens open up and the birds sing our most favorite harmonious song. Or when you think, say and do are in harmony, as Gandhi would say. But there’s this thing about those moments that I can’t help but find thought-provokingly ironic. You have to actually pause to appreciate them or the moment may just pass you by. I don’t think I have to worry about that anymore. It’s official: happiness is a habit for me now.


29 Responses to “Making Happiness a Habit”

  1. would you consider writing or adapting this post for 1 billionlovestories.com. If you want to, I would interview you. The you could add one, two, or how many stories you want As the site grows it will be great exposure, it has already caught the attention of a BILLILONAIRE!

    This post is perfect

  2. huntmode Says:

    One Thousand Likes! Wiley! Catch the moment of happiness on this one! Can I touch your paw for good luck? Grin. Outstanding and in 81 days. Well done, sir!

  3. Wiley you are happiness and love. No wonder you attract it as well. 🙂

  4. What you resist, persists…so you are enjoying your happiness and it radiates like sunshine all around you! I”m giddy myself for you (and me!)

    • My dear Misifusa! You know how I feel about happiness (and giddiness for that matter) – It’s contagious! That’s the idea. So glad I shared some sunshine with you today. 🙂

  5. Beautifully said. Thank you.

  6. Amba Says:

    Woot woot Wiles! 1000 likes and so soon-this calls for a celebration, which I’m sure your loving family must have already taken into consideration!
    But also, take a moment to remember that all these likes have come from people, who truly appreciate your knowledge and the happiness you bring to this blogosphere. So pat yourself on the back for that and know that your posts are always interesting and insightful. 🙂 So thank you!
    BTW Wiles you have grown so much! In this photograph you look awesome 🙂

  7. Dear Amba, you warm my heart as usual. Thank you!!!

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  9. Mal Says:

    What a lovely, lovely post! God bless you. 🙂

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  13. Reblogged this on Wiley's Wisdom and commented:

    This idea is one that is a favorite of mine. Always the optimist, making happiness a habit is the only way to go.

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