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How to be Happy...or at Least Happier

By Linda Larsen - Thursday, September 15, 2011
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Have you ever looked in the mirror and thought, "Whoa! Who IS that scary looking person?" 

This just happened to me last week. Well, okay, it happens a LOT of the time, but last week I actually decided to do something about it. I made an appointment to get my hair done and, while I was on a roll, l made an appointment to get a manicure at the same time.

As I was leaving the house a friend of mine called and I told her about the appointments I had just made. She responded, "I'm so happy to see that you're taking some 'Linda' time!"

My very first, automatic thought was, "Oh no, no. This isn't 'Linda time,' this is something that I HAVE to do." I mean, as a motivational speaker I am on the road SO much that basic Human Being Maintenance frequently gets pushed off my to-do list. "No. I said to her. I HAVE to get my hair done!"

What? What is THAT? I HAVE to get my hair done?" Oh no, no, no, no. I immediately realized that my thinking was pitifully skewed. I instantly reframed everything.

I don't HAVE to get my hair done; I GET to have it done. I don't HAVE to walk my doggies; I GET to walk my doggies. I don't HAVE to send that proposal to my prospect; I GET to send that proposal to them (how many other speakers would be THRILLED to have this opportunity). I don't HAVE to go to the grocery store; I GET to go!!!

Seriously. If you just think about this, it all makes sense. We are so ridiculously blessed! I've personally got about 9,301,567,230,301 things that are fabulously right and wonderful in my life and I hereby choose to focus on those! Because let me tell you - the instant that I shift my focus, from the FEW things I can complain about, to the MASSIVE number of things to be grateful for - I get happy!

So bye for now. I GET to go fold some clothes! Yippee!

Linda Larsen, Humorous Motivational Speaker

About the Author

Linda Larsen, CSP, CPAE is a Hall of Fame Speaker, professional actress, best-selling author and serious lover of doggies. Linda speaks at conferences and meetings around the world, helping people bring the very best version of themselves to life every day! To talk to Linda about how she can contribute to the success of your next event, call 941-927-4700. Or go to Book Linda Now!

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