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How can I be happy?

by Dr. Kathleen Hall

Laura, The fruits of a life committed to happiness are: enthusiasm, inspiration, passion, compassion, courage, honesty and authenticity. Happiness is choosing a path of certainty. There will be suffering, accidents, grief and losses along with laughter, pleasure and joy. Your life stops being a roller coaster of ups and downs. Instead, of going through each day with a certain tentative sense, you live with self-confidence, courage and optimism. Happiness is confidence that no matter what happens, your life’s potential is constantly unfolding.

Happiness requires disciplines or practices. I use “practices” instead of discipline. Many of us have a negative connotation with the word “discipline.” The word “practices” means exactly what it says. You keep doing a practice over and over, and practice it over and over.

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