100 Ways to be Happy- #1: Trusting the Universe


our_beautiful_universe_by_chiichanny-d63bkqk-1Today kicks off the first of 100 posts on not WHAT makes us happy but WHY. This is #100ways.

So you may or may not have seen the #100happydays hashtag floating around your social media world lately. #100happydays is an awesome phenomenon that I also took part in for sometime but as a person who likes to take a day or two off from the internet now and again (as we all should for our sanity!) it was hard for me to keep up with.

An ice cream cone, a movie on the couch with a friend, yoga outdoors… sure all of these things are the things I love and try to not take for granted. But I wanted to go a step beyond this. It’s not WHAT we love that makes us happy but WHY we love it. What are the things that really make us tick. Not the physicality of each of these items or places or people, but the emotional capacity that they each have. WHY do I love the feeling of sitting with and old friend and how can I find that in EVERY moment I share with each friend?

SO, I invite you all to participate in both exploring the themes I post here as well as sharing your own tips and tricks for finding happiness in the simplest things in life. Not your Versace sunglasses, or your tickets to the Beyonce concert, but instead what inside of YOU makes YOU happy, and then projecting that outward to share with others.

Whether we like to admit it or not, we all seek happiness in everything we do, and almost always our intent behind our actions is to make ourselves HAPPY. So this week’s way is TRUSTING THE UNIVERSE.

There is a famous quote from Brazilian author Fernando Sabino that goes “No fim, tudo dá certo. Se não deu, ainda não chegou ao fim.”

Translated: “Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay then it’s not the end.”

This phrase is only relatable when we can trust and give the power to the universe around us. Everything is on a path to correcting itself and as long as we trust and believe that the universe (the place where we as a miracle exist!) has the proper plan for us in store, then we shall receive that rightful place.

Everything happens for a reason and every challenge and trial we face (even if it is not ideal) is something that makes us stronger and prepares us for other tribulations down the road. It gives us character, writes our story, shapes our souls and makes us compassionate.

As an impatient person myself, I constantly struggle with giving control up to the universe and letting fate take its course. But the more we fight it, the harder it is to end up where we were supposed to be all along. Fighting the path will not make it change course, it will only steepen the road.

…. so this week, take time and allow the universe to make a choice for you. Let fate take its course on your life. Don’t plan every little detail of your day out, offer room for surprises and opportunity. Succumb to the unique charms of what YOU are meant to do. You have a story in the stars written for you, there’s nothing you can do to change it but instead trust that everything will be okay in the end, or else it isn’t the end.


By: Lori Gottlieb

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