Happiness Is Free For Everybody

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

Nancy Stoops M.A., M.F.T Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

By Nancy Stoops

They don’t sell happiness at the mall or online.  Happiness is free and available to all that want it.  Happiness is in those indescribable amazing moments.  Those moments that give you goose bumps and really let you know you are alive.  I call them as-good –as- it-gets moments.  I know the world feels hard but that doesn’t mean we can’t embrace the good and all the wonderful we have in our lives.  I think the secret to happiness is in feeling grateful every day for all that we are blessed with and not taking all the little miracles about life for granted.  The honor of being alive each day is truly a little miracle and an opportunity to be happy.

Take this moment out and take a moment to be grateful, to smile and to feel how you deserve to feel every moment of every day.  Now think about what you allow to steal your happiness and make a promise to yourself that you no longer will allow that anymore.  We all have hard pieces in our stories regarding our lives.  It’s in our reaction that we have the power.  Even though we have disappointments, loss, trauma and bad experiences we still have the power to decide we really want to be happy.  In fact in deciding we are going to be happy no matter what we are incorporating a fabulous coping skill into our tool boxes.  Learning to love yourself helps with feeling you are deserving of happiness every day.  Let go of the guilt and forgive yourself for whatever you have done.  Self-pity is also the root to unhappiness.  The past needs to be something that we all just learn from. The present is truly a gift and an opportunity to be happy each and every day. Make today the day you forgive yourself and set yourself free by choosing happiness!

This article was written by Nancy Stoops M.A., M.F.T.  Nancy is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  Nancy is now accepting new clients.  She also works as a motivational speaker.  Nancy runs free family support groups, a group on loss for seniors, and groups for teens and can handle many court mandated needs.  For more information about any of these services contact Nancy at (909) 229-0727.  You may e-mail Nancy at nancyjstoops@verizon.net. You may purchase Nancy’s books Live Heal and Grow and Midnight the Therapy Dog at Amazon.com.