Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Your Connections Count

Monday sucked. I'd say that entire day just seemed to conspire against me for one reason or another and a ton of things I had planned on getting done didn't happen. Needless to say I was more than a little cranky by day’s end.

If there is one thing I hate is the feeling you get when you think you aren’t making any progress. That feeling compounds when you feel overwhelmed. I wasn’t happy and with a full plate for the week, I wasn’t in the mood for it. Good thing for me that I have a great family and the loving, supportive network of close friends, and readers and fans like you.

They say you gravitate toward those that share your views, interests and temperament. This is another reason I count myself blessed. Being a generally happy person, I have friends that freely share that trait.

And, while negativity usually breeds negativity, I take solace that the same can be true about inspiration and happiness. If you’re happy, there’s a good chance that your positive feelings will add to the happiness of other people — and vice versa. One person’s good mood can spread like the concentric circles that form when a rock hits the surface of still water.

For example, if I head home in a happy mood, I’m not just making my daughter and spouse happy. I’m potentially making their friends and connections happy, too. I’m not just making my life happy; I’m making life a happier experience for others.

So, when times get tough, I make it a point to reach out to my friends for help. It’s interesting to think that we are all connected to one another in a way that can get us through tough times, and pull us out of a cranky, blue funk.

But, what is happiness, anyway? It’s different for everyone, but for me - the qualities generally associated with happiness include a personal feeling of forward momentum and having a positive outlook about the future, enjoying life in the present moment, and the feeling that you’re valued by other people (particularly the people you value).

The bottom line message here: If you want a happier life, you’ve got to reach out and connect with positive people. I’m proud to say I have many of them.  To think that we’re connected to one another has caused me to take more responsibility for my own actions and to know when the emotional support of a friend is needed. That said; Ric, Robert, Debbie, Janet, and of course my loving family; Alex & Alexis – thank you for sharing your positive energies with me and helping make this week (if not my life) a better, happier one to live.

As always – Enjoy Your Life!

John Aaron Villarreal

Bio: I am a Houston based, male massage therapist and wellness coach specializing in pain management and health programs for individuals over the age of forty. I laugh - a lot. I'm quirky but sincere. And, while I'm not a counselor, I do listen and I do care: Except for the times that I don't. That’s a joke - Did I mention that I like to laugh? Anyway, visit my website, call or email me and let's get together to talk about you, and the many ways to live life better!

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