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3 Lessons about joy from the “happiest woman ever”

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Sophia Swinford - published on 01/08/18

This amazing woman tells us how to sow happiness into our daily lives.

Soul Pancake, a media company dedicated to positive and inspiring content for optimistic millennials, decided to take an analytical approach to happiness when they launched their Science of Happiness project. But in all the studies and surveys conducted, there was one woman who stood out above all others. She alone managed to score 100 percent on their happiness survey, possibly making her “the happiest woman ever.”

When asked how she can be so joyful, she shared 3 keys to how she sows happiness in her daily life:

Gratitude

Every morning begins with gratitude to God for waking up, for being given another day. Then, she says, she thanks God for running water, for soap, for toothpaste, for food. “Sometimes we get up and we think, ‘I don’t think I can make it today,’ but we have to realize that we are truly blessed,” she says.

Service

We don’t have to make an exception to our daily lives in order to serve. In fact, service is less an action one plans out than it is a whole attitude of being. “After I meditate and have my prayer,” she continues. “I just say, ‘Okay, God, how may I serve you today? And who can I help today?'”

Childlikeness

Cartoons, she adds surprisingly, are also vital to her happiness. Fostering a sense of simplicity and childlikeness before she begins her day helps create peace as she awaits answers to her questions for God.

Sometimes it’s the little things that make all the difference. If you find yourself overwhelmed or discontented, you might try creating simplicity and peace in your morning routine. Instead of checking your phone or answering emails first thing in the morning, take a moment to be grateful and maybe even watch some cartoons!

You can hear more in the video below …

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