{happiness challenge} living with integrity to our values

Thursday, July 18, 2013

It's nice to be back. I apologize for the delay in this week's happiness challenge and overall radio silence, but we've been having a pretty busy summer so far, filled with parks and bbqs and swimming and camping and fireworks and mountains and everything you need to fill a little girl's first summer with happiness.

When I first saw the last week's challenge, "Live with Integrity", I thought I'd be here writing about little white lies. I've been thinking a lot lately about how we don't mean to be untruthful, but see and speak from our own view point and don't take the opportunity to recognize the truth in others' view points.

But I really found happiness this week in a different kind of integrity. Integrity means to live according to your truth, without any variance between what you believe to be right and what you do, to live with harmony between what you you think and what you do. I found integrity taking on a new meaning this last week or so as I really thought about what I believed and tried to see how my life was reflecting that. I found and tried to correct discrepancies between the priorities I ascribe to and the way I spent my time. I did a few course corrections and came up a happier person.

Even though I believe my relationship with my Heavenly Father to be most important, followed only slightly less important by my family, the first hours of my day were spent working. I do this because when everyone else is asleep I can get a lot done, so it really helps me get my hours in. But this week I switched and spent those two hours doing things that should be higher priority, like scripture study, prayer, meditation, yoga, eating breakfast, getting a good start to the day. And wouldn't you know it, my days went better and I didn't have any trouble getting all my work done this last couple of weeks. Fabulous.

So that is a perfect segway into this week's challenge....

I like how Elder Oaks says to prioritize your desires. Desires are what fire up our commitments and give us the self discipline to achieve. So go forth and have happiness!

If you want to check out all the other ways Richie Norton has collected to be happy, you can find them here.

Also, Gold Star to Whitney over at Southern Hope! When she didn't see a happiness challenge for the week here on Domestic Artistry she plugged on ahead and did the next one herself. Love it! Check her out, she's super cute.

Happy happiness challenge!

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  1. Awwww thanks for plugging me! The idea was all from you girl, I've really enjoyed typing these up each Monday!! Great time to reflect and all the quotes are AWESOME!


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