As the quarantine wears on, it’s important to remind ourselves that we can always choose our reactions.

Whatever is happening around us, our mindset is a choice we can make:

  • Positive, or negative
  • Happy, or unhappy
  • Productive, or idle
  • Taking charge, or worrying.

I first wrote about this in March when none of us had any idea how long the quarantine would go on. We still don’t. Argentina, where I live, has recently started to loosen some of the rules.

This week Jim Smith, “The Executive Happiness Coach“, sent me an excellent article on maintaining positivity. in the midst of all this.

Is it the quarantine, the election, the weather, or something in your personal life that’s troubling you? Shake it off! Put it aside, once you’ve done all you can do about it! Decide to be happy. Enjoy life. You have a fixed amount of time in your mortal coil. You can enjoy it, or you can make yourself miserable.

Remember though, that if you decide to make yourself miserable, that’s all on you. If you decide to enjoy life, regardless of your circumstances, that’s your doing as well.

Many people think more money, real estate, or whatever will make them happy. If you’re happy now, yes – you’ll likely be even happier when you achieve a sought-after goal. If you’re miserable now, you’ll be a miserable millionaire or real estate mogul – unless you change your mindset.

Happiness comes from inside you, never from anything you gain or achieve.

Which will you decide? I hope Jim Smith’s article helps you with that decision as the holiday season approaches.

Practicing gratitude every day is an effective means of bringing positivity into your life. For my U.S. readers, we get a poignant reminder of being grateful in our Thanksgiving this week. Hope you all enjoy it. Gratitude has a wonderful effect on you and those you thank. This is a great week to really focus on it.

I leave you with these brief comments so you can get on with holiday planning. Enjoy!

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