Some have predicted that the world will end on December 21, 2012. This prediction is based on the fact that the Mayan calendar ends on that day. Did the Mayans know something? Or is it just the simple fact that they just ran out of physical space to add any more dates onto their calendar?

There are people who obsess over the end of the world; they’ve been planning for months if not years. Some have made preparations to survive whatever calamity strikes that day. They have stored food and water into fortified shelters. Others have sold everything, quit their jobs, and are living life to the fullest right up to the end (why they waited for the end of the world to live life to the fullest is beyond me).

This isn’t the first time that the world’s end has been predicted. It seems as humans we are terrified yet relieved that the end is near. Unfortunately many people are unhappy and see the end of the world as an end to their unhappiness. The end of the world is an end to their misery.

But the world continues and their sadness continues. The world ending or a knight in shining armor bringing us instant happiness are just fantasies. Nothing outside ourselves will bring us happiness since happiness is generated from within. It is our own mindset that determines how happy or sad we are.

Life is a mind game; we have to play tricks on our minds to get the results that we want. If you want to be happy then you have to believe that you are happy. Don’t wait for your desires to be fulfilled; for the perfect job to come along, for the right person to love you, for the million dollars to fall in your lap. The time is now!

If you want to be happy start right now, right where you are, right this minute. What has worked for me is imagining happiness as an orange ball of fire in the palm of my hand. It’s like a little sun that I’m in control of. I can control its shape and size, making it long, square, big, or small.

As I’m imagining this ball of fire, I feel the happiness inside me. All of us have experienced happiness at some point in our lives. Recall a time when you were happy. Relive that feeling. Feel that happiness in your heart.

(Here are some graphic images I created to help you visualize your ball of fire.)

This exercise follows the precepts of the Law of Attraction; the energy we concentrate on is what we attract into our lives. If we dwell on the unhappiness in our lives, then we have sadness in our lives. But if you use the exercise above, then you will find more happiness in your life.

I’ve been doing this for a while for six things I’m attracting into my life: Peace, Love, Happiness, Confidence, Passion, and Prosperity. The results are amazing!

Since I began doing this I feel much more happy and happier more often. I don’t have more things to be happy about; I haven’t won the lottery or anything. But I am happier with what I have. My happiness is stronger and things are less likely to get me down.

Part of being happy is being optimistic; having hope and seeing a brighter future. Studies have found that optimists and pessimists have the same number of negative thoughts throughout the day. The difference is that optimists are able to stop their negative thinking and change their thinking to positive. Whereas pessimists continue their negative thinking, feeding it and letting it fester.

The next time a negative thought enters into your mind, imagine the ball of fire in your hand and feel happiness inside you. It may be hard to let go of the negative thoughts and summon the positive feeling of happiness, but with practice it gets easier.

Use this technique on a daily basis and I know that you will see amazing results. Use it for all the values that you want to attract into your life and you will no longer wish for the end of the world. Instead you will be wishing for the start of each new day and the adventures that it will bring.

12/20/2012 5:11pm

Everyone should be living evryday like its their last!

Jim Risser
12/28/2012 8:25pm

That's right, Jason. Live life to the fullest!

Read Michael J. Fox's article in the January 2013 issue of Reader's Digest. He's an amazing guy with wonderful optimism!


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