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Your attitude is just a matter of perspective

A simple shift in attitude can help us recognize the hidden potential for fulfillment in every event. There is no secret recipe for happiness and contentment. 

The people who move through life joyously have not necessarily been blessed with times of abundance, love, success, contentment, and prosperity. 

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They have been blessed with the ability to take the circumstances they’ve been handed and make them into something great. Our personal realities are colored by perception. Delight and despair come from within rather than without. 

Situations we regard as fortuitous please us, while situations we judge as bad cause us no end of grief. Yet if we can look at all we have accomplished without dwelling on misfortune and make each new circumstance our own, the world as a whole becomes a brighter place. A simple shift in attitude can help us unearth the hidden potential for personal  and outer world fulfillment in every event, every relationship, every duty and setback. 

Our world is often an unpredictable and chaotic place, and our human tendency is to focus on the negative and assume the positive will care for itself. Life can be no more than what you make of it. 

I encourage you to make the conscious decision to be happy. We must learn to observe life through the eyes of a child seeing everything for the first time. Strive to discover the dual joys the rich insights in each stage of your life’s journey. 

As you began to gradually shift your perspective, your life will begin to be filled with happiness and contentment. 

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Dr. Kathleen Ireland Gregg is a  Naturopath/Physcotherapist at Health Matters: A Center for Wellness. Reach her at (517) 641-8000

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