Cheerful people are light hearted, easy going, good natured and jovial. They usually smile a lot reflecting their positive attitude. Their overall trait is one of optimism. Whenever their sharing comes from the heart, they give of themselves freely with no expectations. They find joy spontaneously in their positive interaction with others or on their own – with animals, with beautiful sceneries, really anywhere they choose.

​It’s the cheerful person in a group who can help others make a positive connection. When young children first meet each other they may behave like total strangers but soon they can be found absorbed in playing together. Adults often find common ground by sharing from their own life experiences. People of all ages have a need to fellowship with each other in order to satisfy their need for community.

Cheerful people are usually kind and sensitive. They are quick to pay compliments which can quickly lift one’s spirits. A simple remark to someone having a bad hair day – “I love your hair!” – can make a big difference in that person’s day. A person’s enthusiasm for life can inspire the people around them to unfold that same quality. Cheerful people have that natural benevolence for life just by being themselves and integrating easily with others.

What makes you smile and laugh? Bobby McFerrin’s song “Don’t worry, Be Happy” points us in the right direction in our achievement orientated society to look beyond the material to the spiritual. Think of someone who helped you raise your spirits and how it felt. Bobby McFerrin creates a wonderful environment of action and fun with his music. That’s his unique way. What is your unique way to be happy and have fun?

Taking time to know what you truly want for yourself is good for your body, mind and spirit. Periodically take some quiet time by yourself. Take some deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth to help you be present in the moment. In this relaxed state you can focus on what you really want in life.

Strengthen your cheerful attitude by being involved with others and giving of yourself. It may bring up challenges but it will give you an opportunity to learn and to feel good for just giving to others in need.

It’s a good idea to keep a daily journal and plot your progress. Remember it is your choice whether to live in the past or the future with worry or to live in the present and be cheerful.

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