Just Be Cheerful
One of my dear teachers used to say that, along with enthusiasm for life, being cheerful was one of the highest spiritual qualities we can cultivate within ourselves. 'Be cheerful no matter what', he used to say, and, 'don't let anything deter you'. Of course, the mind (the voice in our head) will protest and say, 'how can I possibly be cheerful most of the time when my life is filled with so many problems and challenges to deal with'? My teachers simple answer was; 'the way to be cheerful is to just be cheerful'. In other words, if you wait for the circumstances in your life to change before you feel you can live with joy, you might wait forever. The mind is always telling us that happiness, and thus cheerfulness, can only be expressed when everything unfolds the way we think it should.
But the truth is; rarely does everything go the way we think it should, and more importantly, nothing outside of ourselves can ever really give us what we want, at least not for very long. We might get the new job we've always desired, or move to an exotic island, but it won''t be long before our predominate mental attitude will reappear, and again color our world with its energy. So, if you're a person who consistently approaches life with a sense of doom and gloom, that will end up being what you draw to yourself on a regular basis. Yet, when you simply make up your mind to be cheerful in the face of whatever arises in your life, you will soon find that life begins to reflect that state of cheerfulness and joy back at you.
Life tends to respond to our predominate 'feeling' by giving us more of the same, so if a life of joy is what you truly want, then start to live from a space of cheerfulness in everything you do. What you might find is that everything you do begins to feel good, and people begin to respond to you in kind, with cheerfulness and kindness at every turn. Try it right now; make up your mind that, for the next hour (yes, let's start small), you will greet everything that unfold in your life with a cheerful and joyous attitude. What you might find is that life becomes lighter and more joyous in the process, and each moment becomes a celebration of the unfolding of the adventure of your life.