Rule of Happiness #7 – Enjoy Happiness NOW – July 19 Inspiration

We had a lovely respite from the humidity today! It was a beautiful sunny, warm but pleasant, breezy day–in the 70s and NO humidity! I can manage summer with little to no humidity, since I can breathe better. Makes me really happy! 🙂

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So far we have covered six of Karl Moore’s Rules of Happiness. Remember, this is not an affiliate link – I’m not making any money from linking to Karl Moore’s book. I highly recommend it, since I’m only sharing little “snippets” here and he expands significantly on each rule of happiness in his book.

In case you have missed any rules, here they are:

Rule #1: Stop Feeling Sorry for Yourself

Rule #2: Be Grateful

Rule #3: Say Yes More

Rule # 4: Follow Your Bliss

Rule #5: Learn to Let Go

Rule #6: Do Random Acts of Kindness

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Now here’s today’s rule of happiness

Rule #7 – Happiness Is Only Ever NOW

We spend so much time waiting to be happy in the future, or worrying about the past, that we forget to live in the moment.

But here’s the thing: Life is transient. The past has gone. The future is just a dream.

The only time that truly exists ever is RIGHT NOW.

RIGHT NOW is the ONLY time you can do or change ANYTHING in your life.

And NOW is the only time you have.”  –Karl Moore

 

Few of us ever live in the present,

we are forever anticipating what is to come

or remembering what has gone.”

– Louis L’Armor

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My reflections:

This one is thought-provoking. We do so often get stuck in the rut of bemoaning our past (which we can’t do anything about) or worrying about the future (which we can’t directly do anything about) and forget to live in the HERE and NOW.

Yet, how we live NOW and the choices we make NOW can influence the future. So why not learn from our mistakes, dwell on the positive, and count our blessings NOW to set the foundation for a happier future?

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

Do you catch yourself dwelling in the past or fearing the future?

Does that get in the way of instead enjoying the present and focusing on the good things in your life?

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Monster truck t-shirt quilt I made.
         Monster truck t-shirt quilt I made.

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This Post Has 26 Comments

  1. K-Lee, this is a powerful theme. I first saw it in the late Dr. Wayne Dyer’s early book, “Your Erroneous Zones”. Wayne recommended that when we are feeling stressed, for example in traffic, we focus on the present moment. It works! Simple (yet difficult in practice). I have worked on this for many years since I was introduced to it. Perhaps it’s a lifetime study. Thanks for covering this principle!

  2. You are so right. Happiness is now!! Everyone should think like you.

  3. I do tend to dwell on the past and worry about the future. I am leaning to live in the moment though but it is hard sometimes.

  4. Happiness is a choice and it’s a choice you can make right now. This is a good reminder that we can always choose to be happy instead of waiting for the perfect moment.

  5. Happiness is definitely a choice you can make. It is not defined by your situation but by your attitude towards the situation.

  6. Loved the one about happiness being in the NOW. So true, living in the present takes care of so many of our woes. No need to fret about the past of worry about the future.

  7. I like being happy and positive in life. Happiness is a choice that we should all make.

  8. I love this one <3 Happiness is a choice for most people, and I choose to be happy in the moment. Can't the past make me sad YEP but I am choosing not to live there. Thank you for sharing

  9. I love that you always think positive! You are totally right, happiness is now

  10. Beautiful message! Happiness is not something we have to wait for, we can be happy right now if we choose to. This is something that we all need to realize!

  11. Love this -we only have The Now. I enjoy using the phrase “… in the Now.”

  12. It’s been very humid here as well. It’s horrible! By the way this is such a beautiful post! I love that you always seem to be so positive.

  13. Thanks for this post. Spread happiness indeed!

  14. Happiness is definitely something that you make it. I have tried to find more and more in every day.

  15. I like to think of myself as a very happy person. Sometimes I need a readjusting though.

  16. I am glad that we have had a small break from the humid weather too. So nice and has put me in a better mood.

  17. I think this is a great rule and an important one to keep in mind at all times. I do tend to worry too much about being happy in the future.

  18. All-in-all, I think I am a happy person. But, we all have our days!

  19. Here Here so true, the only time that exists is now and we need to think about life in the present.

  20. Being positive is better all around. That’s what I think at least.

  21. I try to live by that philosophy. It took me a lot of years to learn how true it was. But, thanks to some life experiences, I try to live in the present whenever possible. The past is gone. The future may never exist for us.

  22. Love his happiness principles. Ive been applying some in my life and they are doing significant changes in my life. Would be trying some
    From the list too.

  23. I agree with you about living in the here and now! It’s where happiness truly lies!

  24. brilliant rules, the first one is the most profound for me as I sometimes find it hard to think back especially on my failures as they tend to come up on the fore front making the happy memories take a back seat. i’m working on this.

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