Becoming routinely happy

“The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine”

Mike Murdock

A lot of life comes down to routines. The patterns of behaviour and our fixed ways of responding to certain situations. What you did yesterday is gone. Realistically it should not determine how you respond today in the same way that the wake of the ship shouldn’t have any bearing on setting the course that you sail in.

It shouldn’t, but mostly it does. We are creatures of habit and habit is just routine reactions. If you are not happy it won’t take much introspection to figure out how your routines are contributing.

Like for example if you wake up on a work day meditate, go for a run and then dance in the lounge with your kid before work you might find you have a happier start to the day. Happier than say…getting up niggling and picking on your spouse until you get in a major fight and then reading all the doom and gloom in the newspaper all the way to work a job you hate.

What you do regularly determines what you experience which ultimately determines who you become. If you want to be happy you’ve got to begin to consciously build happy routines and repeat them regularly until they become automatic. Your default responses should lead you towards happiness.

One of the best ways I’ve found to create better routines for myself is to watch children. They live for joy. Everything they do is joy seeking behaviour. They don’t get caught up in the seriousness of life. They smile. The play like life’s a game. Because that is what life is really all about. Being happy.

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