Sometimes I think I might as well wrap up this Happiness Experiment. It's a success. I have a Habit of Feeling Happy most of the time. I wake up with a smile on my face, I maintain a happy mood and a cheerful demeanor throughout most of the day. This is what I set out to do, and rather to my amazement, it's a done deal. To tell you the truth, it feels kind of weird sometimes, being happy like this.
"Who is this strange woman?" I ask myself. "Who is this stranger, this person who's living here in this ol' familiar body?" It's strangely disconcerting.
Mind you, I'm not complaining. I like this state of being. It is way more fun than my old way of being, walking around the way I used to do with a black cloud - or at any rate, a charcoal grey cloud - hovering over my head.
Back when I started this experiment, I wasn't 100% certain that a person actually could change her dominant mood. It sounded a bit simplistic to suggest that all one need do is simply choose the preferred mood over and over again.
At best, I expected it to take a long time, a very long time, before the new mood would become habitual. I expected to see some improvement in my mood after a full year of repeating "I choose to feel happy," but I sure didn't expect that the dark cloud would vanish after a mere six months!! In short, I'm flabbergasted.
I'm especially flabbergasted that the ONLY thing I had to do was repeat my motto: "I choose to feel happy. I choose to feel happy, I choose to feel happy ..." That's it. That's all I did. I didn't:
All I did was choose to be happy, and 6 months later - I am more consistently happy than I've ever been in my life. Go figure!
PS: Inspired by my story? Why not try your own experiment? If "choosing to feel happy" doesn't ring your bells, GO HERE for a list of other positive emotions and states to choose from.
The provocative name of Ch. 6 of the Science of Getting Rich is How Riches Come to Us.
"Alright!" I thought, "This is IT! The rubber hits the road right here. I'm finally going to learn why Riches come to some folks, and not to me."
Then I read the chapter. It wasn't quite what I expected. It was actually something much better. Much!
First, let's define Riches: We're not talking money, but rather, What Money Can Buy. That rings true, doesn't it? Money is desirable not for itself (poor money) but as a means for us to enjoy the things, the experiences, the toys, the fun, the tools, the vehicles, the whatever, that we desire. We want such manifestations of wealth, our auther says, because tne energy of life in us wants to live more largely. I liken this to the energy of a tree causing its branches to reach for as much of the sky as it can. We have that same drive within us, a desire to experience our lives as fully as possible.
The nice thing about being a human-being instead of a tree-being is that we get to choose the form of Riches we desire; not just "more sky" but more (fill in the blank).
So - How do we get these Riches to come to us? Wattles writes:
"There are things we must do.