Lately I’ve been thinking about how many people want to move, to get out, to find a new place to live. They complain that they don’t have a social life, they complain that their work isn’t fulfilling, in short they just aren’t happy. For so many of these people, I want to just tell them, you know… happiness is a state of mind as much as a state of being, right?
Don’t get me wrong… situations can make you unhappy. But, if you are unhappy in one place and move to another, don’t be surprised if you’re still unhappy. After all, moving to a new place won’t give you a better social life, working at making friends and getting out there could, though. After all, if you sit home and watch TV in the US, you’ll be just as socially unhappy as you were in Jordan at home alone watching TV (or worse, with mom and dad). And if you hated your profession in America, you’ll hate it in Jordan too.
The bottom line is that the grass is almost never greener on the other side. It is however, almost always greener if you smile. The Beans and I have talked about the fact that if you’re feeling a bit sad for no real reason, you’ll feel better if you smile. I’m not making this one up. You know something else, if you smile before you answer the phone, you’ll sound more pleasant. People can actually HEAR you smile.
There are people in this world who see the glass as half empty all the time. You can often tell them by the frown lines carved into their faces. In addition, if you catch their face at rest, they will wear a frown. There are people in the world who see the glass as overflowing. Those are the ones who have laugh lines engraved around their mouths and eyes. If you catch them at rest, their face will be either neutral or slightly smiling. And the question you have to ask yourself is…which kind do I want to be? So, don’t change your latitude to find happiness – change your attitude!
Happy Altitude Changes!