The only thing you’re taking out of here is your spirit and your soul, so we need to be conscious and develop that part of ourselves, because we’re all spiritual creatures.
Even though The Declaration of Independence inscribed as a fundamental right “the pursuit of happiness.” but according to a recent United Nations report rating happiness among 155 countries, happiness in the United States appears to be declining. The fifth annual World Happiness Report, published by the U.N. Sustainable Development Solutions Network, shows that factors such as life expectancy, freedom, mutual trust, shared purpose, generosity, and social support, has taken the goal of “pursuit of happiness” to heart.
Let me give you a personal example of how the quality of Happiness has become the foundation of my life.
“It is through gratitude for the present moment that the spiritual dimension of life opens up.” -Eckhart Tolle
Another step that awakens your spirit through adversity is gratitude
The word “gratitude” comes from the root word gratus(Latin), which means pleasing. One interpretation of gratitude might be that when we are pleased with something or someone, we are grateful. If we look deeper within ourselves, we also might see that when we are feeling grateful, we are pleased with the world around us.
Gratitude reminds us to find our happiness in everything — in exceptional things, in mundane things, in good things, in so-so things and even in terrible things.
"Happiness is not having a lot. Happiness is giving a lot."- Buddha
To serve others is to become more receptive and open to ourselves. Each time we assist another we are renewed and strengthened. In such circumstances, giving is also receiving. During this holiday season, keep these ideas in mind the next time you have the opportunity to help someone.
Linda Noble Topf is dedicated to assisting others in seeing that chronic illness, debilitating injury, or any kind of adversity in any stage of life, can be viewed as a spiritual awakening, and an opportunity for personal growth.