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Using the Law of Attraction to Create Happiness in Life

Updated on July 07, 2013

I am no sage of wisdom; no counselor or guru, no philosopher or physician. I have no expertise or degree but I know from experience that my thoughts and feelings affect everything else in my life. When challenges and struggles get the best of me and I get swept away in a sea of worry, the universe unleashes a storm of upsets and hurdles to overcome. Life is a teacher and I am a student. Sometimes, I am a less than great student.

It’s not that I don’t know what works. I’m just human and that means I succeed sometimes and sometimes I fail. It’s all about my attitude and how receptive I am to the lessons.

Recent events in my life have distracted me. I’ve been a bit off center so last night, I watched “The Secret” again. It’s still available on Netflix if you haven’t seen it. “The Secret” is the story ofRhonda Byrne who discovered a secret of life in the pages of a 100-year old book. The discovery lead her to extensive research where she found that the secret was the core of the most powerful teachings of time. The Secret was found throughout all religions and philosophies. It was a secret to happiness, prosperity, love, and it is all about our attitude. It is about the Law of Attraction.

"For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: 'If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?' And whenever the answer has been 'No' for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something. - Steve Jobs

The Path to Finding Happiness

Discipline:

Discipline is a skill and some of us are quite disciplined when it comes to diet, schedules, or finances. But what about our thoughts? We can and should be just as disciplined in our thinking as we are in other areas of our life. The Law of Attraction tells us that we become what we think and feel. If we think positively, then positive things appear. If we think negatively, well, you get the picture.


Practice:

A simple change in our thoughts can turn things around. It takes a bit of practice but it’s simple to do. It starts with gratitude. When we begin each day with gratitude, the universe will show us more things to be grateful for. When we end each day in gratitude, the universe reciprocates in kind. Can you imagine what a difference it could make if we carried gratitude around with us throughout each day? It sounds like a tall order but with practice, it can be done. As we practice being grateful, we begin to see with new eyes.

Tools

Some of us need tools to help us change our thoughts and there are many tools available to us. Find what works for you and use it.

Meditation:

There are many forms of meditation. Chose transcendental medication, insight meditation, or visualization. It doesn’t matter. Just think “gratitude”.

Prayer:

Pray to the God of your understanding. Express your gratitude for the blessings in your life.

Life Board:

Create a life board and fill it with pictures and words that represent what you want to attract in your life. Be frivolous and don’t feel guilty if you want a new car or a bigger house. Just remember to be grateful for what you already have.

Music:

The universal language. Music has the power to distract us from the worries of the day. Choose your favorite artist or song and escape. When the cares of the day vanish, be grateful.

Gratitude Journal:

Start a gratitude journal and try to write something in it every day. Once a week or so, flip back through your entries. You’ll be surprised at how good things really are.

Believe !

The more we practice projecting love and kindness into the world, the Law of Attraction will bring more love and kindness our way. Our thoughts will become acts of love and kindness and those acts will return to us as well. With practice and discipline and the use of some tools, we will come to believe in ourselves and the power of our thoughts. It will not make us perfect beings for there will always be times when we slip and fall. Neither God nor the Universe will prevent us from making mistakes and both will allow us to feel the consequence.

Choose to attract happiness

So what will you choose today? Will you choose to attract love and kindness, harmony and joy, or, will you attract sadness, anger, or pain? It’s up to you. You get out of life what you put into it. Thoughts become acts. Life is a circle and what you send out returns to you. You’ve heard them all and they are all true. The Law of Attraction doesn’t fool around.

© 2013 Linda Crist, All rights reserved.

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    Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

    Linda, this is so true. You reap what you sow. You attract that which you exude. The power is ours, but we have to recognize that and act accordingly.

    Great hub, my friend!

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    Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

    Love this Linda. I am a big believer in creating our own destiny. Thast being said, I still need a lot of practice. I appreciate the way you have broken it down . I also love the Steve Jobs quoter! It is so simple yet so difficult to remember sometimes. Up++++ and sharing! Thank you!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Shauna, it is so easy to fall behind in the creation of our reality. I love the message in "The Secret" and needed to remind myself last night. Happy creating to you girlfriend.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Randi, like you, I need a lot of help sometimes too. In concept it is simple but boy don't we find a lot of excuses for not practicing? lol Thanks for the vist, the vote, and the sharing. Wishing you all you need to pursuit your destiny!

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    Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

    Thank you, Linda! You, too!

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    Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

    Hi Linda,

    I am one who is all for attracting happiness!!! Earlier today, I was remembering that saying or quote, "Misery loves company," there you go!

    Really great advice here that we all should put into practice. This world needs a lot more happiness in it, and it is up to us to project it out into this world and our choice. What really works for me is being thankful, praying and laughing a lot. When I look at all my blessings, in lieu of the "have nots," then that places a whole new perspective on things.

    Voted up ++++ and sharing.

    God bless, Faith Reaper

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Sweet Faith, you are so precious. If all the goodness you project into the world returns to you, we are going to lose you in a whirlwind of joy. lol It only takes a moment to realize how blessed we are compared to many and I do remind myself of that often. Thank you so much for spreading your joy throughout my hub comments Faith. I feel it every time I log on and see your name. Sending love and hugs your way.

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    A very PIPO message my friend. Obviously I believe in this 100%, but I know quite a few people who could benefit from reading this, absorbing this and living it.

    I hope you are well. I know it's been a tough weekend. Sending hugs and love your way.

    bill

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    Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    This is a great reminder of the power of our thoughts. My wife, being a"new thought" kind of person, views my own (sort of) expectation of the worst as a barrier for me. I'm not really that negative, but my mind triggers all sorts of possibilities, not all of which spell success. Just yesterday, I drove a 24 foot Uhaul all over Portland helping my 24 year old daughter move (again). After a two hour drive to get there, I helped load and drove this rather large vehicle. I had dire expectations of that whole experience, and while it was not an easy day, it all turned out ok. I had to tell my wife that her "holding consciousness" that all would be well did the trick. Even when I got lost twice.

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    Aga 4 years ago

    I am still looking for my happiness, although I realize I already have so much to be thankful for! Great hub.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Kindred, PIPO was as much for me as anyone else. I needed to remind myself of what I "know" but wasn't practicing. What strange creatures we are, huh? Today was a really good day and I am EXPECTING no less from tomorrow. Thanks for the care and love. :-) Hugs to you too!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Jim! I had to laugh at your Uhaul story as I have used to do the same thing - a lot! But somewhere along the way I started thinking that when things happen (like getting lost), they are really the universe's way of making me avoid the negative. I no longer believe in coincidence and that has helped me be more positive. So, be grateful for the wife who is "holding consciousness" even when you are not convinced. See how easy that gratitude thing is. lol

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hello Monis Mas. Thank you for visiting and I hope you will soon discover your happiness.

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    Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

    Great vision! I am here to tell you, you are right. What you put down here is entirely possible, but doubt will test you. Don't listen to it. You are beautiful. Take your light, others will come.

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    Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

    Very interesting indeed and I thank you for sharing. Here's to so many more to follow.

    Eddy.

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    Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Your gloriously inspirational piece brought to mind the way I felt when I was watching '60-Minutes' this past Sunday and saw a program about a ship of volunteers that bring medical treatment to suffering people in Africa, Linda. A vast array of emotions flooded me as I watched the volunteer staff of American doctors and nurses bring miracles to the lives of human beings that had lost all hope. Deformities in some parts of Africa are deemed 'evil' and victims are relegated outcasts in their villages when huge, benign tumors leave them facially disfigured or if blinded by diseases easily corrected in America. The gratitude of the patients is enormous in being seen by this ship of angels as the living, feeling human beings they are behind the disease as they begin life anew. But, Linda, what made me feel the best was the positive attitude of the volunteers. Not one of them wanted to be anywhere else, doing anything else. They were 'grateful' for the opportunity to use their abundant skills to make a difference for so many people, from one port in Africa onto the next. The program made me grateful to be part of the human race, in seeing so much good from every direction.

    Thank you, my friend, for writing this important truth. It seems the way to happiness, fulfillment and satisfaction is in being 'grateful' for the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

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    picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

    Good hub!! I use these practices in my life also. I think we bring to us what we put into the universe, so being positive brings better results:)

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    manatita44 4 years ago from london

    I do not know that I need to respond. Continue to serve. Let us pray for one another. Godspeed!

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    Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

    Voted up and awesome. Truly inspirational. You're so right that life is what you make it. I make sure I find something to like out of each day. My day begins with a morning prayer, Bible reading and at night I say the Lord's prayer. Most importantly I let the Lord guide me each day. Always grateful for what I have. Passing this on.

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    Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

    Linda, this is brilliant! I am going to start that gratitude journal right away. What a great way to start every day. Thanks for sharing these wonderfully useful ideas. There--I've enjoyed my first act of gratitude today!

    Voted Up + and shared. Nice job, my friend!

    Pearl

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi MH. You're right about doubt testing us but we are in charge of our thoughts. It's about choice. I know for sure that we can turn the negative into positive. It's all a matter of wanting to and I am comitted to practicing more. Sending light and love your way too.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Eddy, thank you!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Sweet Amy - I think you might be speaking of the Ship of Hope and if so, I know exactly how you felt watching that show. Those volunteers are amazing and the work they do is phenomenal. If I was twenty years younger I would love to do volunteer with them. Age has a way of making you wish that sometimes you had made different decisions in your youth but then, I would have missed all these wonderful (and sometimes painful) lessons that have brught me to this place. Yes Amy, it is all about gratitude and I have much to be grateful for, including your friendship which always inspires me.

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    Dreamer at heart 4 years ago from Northern California

    Yesterday I experienced a low point in my week where it seemed like nothing was going quite right. Must have been a change in the barometer looking back. Yes all of us are only human. That is a good reminder. There is really a pacific storm moving in today! I decided to do a little journal writing and afterward by evening things started pulling together in my world. I believe in the secret and write about it here too.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    @ picklesandrufus: Thank you! Your light shines brightly so I know you are practicing gratitude in your life. Keep shining!

    @manatita44: Thank you for the visit and for the prayers.

    @ Gypsy: It sounds like you have learned this lesson already and I applaud the actions you take to be grateful everyday. What a great way to start and end each day!

    @ Pearl: You are awesome. I love your attitude my friend and I too am more than grateful for your friendship and support. I have learned so much about myself by keeping a gratitude journal. It's great reading when things are less than perfect too. lol

    Thank you for the encouragement!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hello starstream. Thanks for the visit and for sharing your story. It confirms what I believe, that we can change the energy that surrounds us and deflect the negative influences by holding good thoughts and gratitude in the forefront of our thoughts. The secret...oh yes, the secret indeed. Is it any wonder why the great religions and philosphers wanted to keep it a secret? lol Shame on them!

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    Karen Silverman 4 years ago

    Veddy inneresting, my friend! lol..

    i am not a believer in 'man-made' religion of any ilk - but - i am a HUGE believer in the universe - where i believe the 'laws' of attraction come into play..

    all i know is that i ought to be dead twice - and BOTH times - the man who 'saved' me - had 'life-changing' experiences themselves...(long story...)..

    i have thought long and hard about it - and have come to the conclusion that while i was at my most vulnerable - my aura was at it's strongest..

    (please dont' call the men in white..LOL..)

    up and sharing, sweet friend!

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    Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 4 years ago from Asheville NC

    Wonderfully done Linda!

    A light for those whose path may have been obscured by the darkness of their own emotions! I would like to say that if anyone desires to go further into the law of attraction, Abraham (Esther and Jerry Hicks) is a remarkable library of information. I would also suggest the works of Joe Vitale, Mike Dooley , Jack Canfield and Deepak Chopra!

    Thank you for loving us like this! The gift of giving and receiving is very becoming!

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    HLPhoenix 4 years ago

    The timing of this Hub was perfect for me... I do know that the power of our thoughts can change our life... and have proven it to myself several times... still, right now I appear to be in a 'poor me' phase, and you have thankfully reminded me that only I can change the way I view things. Thank you for the reminder. Such a great hub, voted up and sharing.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Leslie, the men in white want nothing to do with you. lol I am a firm believer in quantum physics so your comment makes perfect sense to me. I cannot call myself a religious person either Leslie but I am deeply spiritual, realizing that God (by whatever name you use) is bigger than my understanding and knowing that there are forces in the universe that are at work in our lives. I hope I never fully understand them because the mystery of it all is what keeps me on my toes (most of the time). :-)

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hello Bruce. Thank you for the compliment and the references. I know you to be an awakened (and aware) human being so it means even more to me that you understood my simple message in this piece. As a student of life (stil) I have so much more to learn but the lessons and teachers continue to present themselves and I feel a responsibility to share them out of gratitude. I appreciate and am GRATEFUL for your friendship.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    HLPhoenix - hello! I understand. I recently threw myself a pity party so I am no stranger. lol However, the universe is good and prompted me to remember how much I have to be grateful for. Sitting with my feelings of gratitude I was reminded of the Law of Attraction and when I revisited "The Secret", what I knew to be true took over the pity. Yes, we are in charge of our thoughts and feelings and whatever we project returns to us. I am happy that this piece was helpful to you and I wish you many more moments of awareness and a lifetime of happiness.

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    Vickiw 4 years ago

    This is quite thought provoking for me, someone who works with bereaved people every week. Am I attracting unhappiness? Hopefully my intentions of kindness and caring will attract happiness in some mysterious way! Great and interesting Hub Irc7815.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Vickiw, I think the short answer is "no". You're not attracting unhappiness. You are a necessary component for the healing of others. The question to ask is - are you happy doing it? Are you fulfilled by giving care and help to others?

    I left a 38 year long career in health care after spending the last seven working in Oncology. There were many factors in that decision but I felt that I was getting less and less able to seperate the sadness from my personal life. I needed more sunshine and smiles. That did not mean that I stopped caring or supporting but I chose different ways to do it. It's an individual choice.

    Thank you for reading this and I appreciate your comment. Wishing you much happiness!

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    Vickiw 4 years ago

    Thanks for your reply. It is great! Yes, I do feel happy and fulfilled helping others in bereavement, so it must be right for me at this time. I can really understand how you felt after those seven years, and that was a smart move. We can only give as long as we feel happy about what we are doing. I had to make the same decision a few years back.

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    Nancy Yager 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

    The Secret is one of my favorite books. For many it is difficult to understand or get a handle on. What truly makes it change is when we put love into every thought and action.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Lipnancy, you said it all lady. That IS the secret, isn't it?

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    Anna Sternfeldt 4 years ago from Svenljunga, Sweden

    I know this is to true, but I am struggling with the practice :-) so very good to be reminded! Thanks!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Anna, thanks for the visit today. I think we all struggle with the practice from time to time. We are human, aren't we. lol

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    MizBejabbers 3 years ago

    Linda, I’ve never read “The Secret”, but I know about the Law of Attraction. At one of the most powerful metaphysical conferences I’ve ever been privileged to attend, the speaker taught us to say a simple “thank you gratitude”. He said to repeat it several times a day and especially when we felt it. It works very well. I don’t know why some people feel the need for all that ritual just to say a simple “thank you”.

    Many years ago before I’d ever heard of the law of attraction, I used it and it worked for me. I decided that I was better than the hand life had dealt me at the time, and practiced a new attitude. Within a few months I had a better job, a larger place to live and a better car. I felt blessings from the universe pouring in.

    Just caution when the law of attraction may not appear to be working for someone. (1) the person may have not given it enough time. Sometimes it takes months if he or she wants a major change. (2) That person needs to know that it won’t work if it is going against one’s Soul Contract. A soul contract is made between the soul and the universe before the person is born. It has been taught that if a person desperately wants it to work, they can break their soul contract. Then they will pay a dear price when they cross over. (Maybe I should say, “then there’s hell to pay”)

    Thanks for the good insight. Voted you up++

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    Linda Crist 3 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hey Miz B! I love your perspective on this and I too think there is hell to pay when the soul contract is broken. I am still trying to discover my purpose here in this life. Lately, I haven't done so well with my law of attraction work and I must do better. All this stuff with my parents has been a real distraction and to honest, I've gotten a little worn down. I hope to have a significant attitude adjustment soon. lol Thank you for spending your precious time with my hubs. I always appreciate your presence and your insight/wisdom. Hugs!

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    Dreamer at heart 3 years ago from Northern California

    Yes, it is time to remember why we are here. For me I have been very busy with life changes including moving and separation. Our lives change and the world changes all around us. We need to ground ourselves in our daily lives. The law of attraction has some great suggestions. Thanks for sharing it here.

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    Linda Crist 3 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hello starstream. Thank you for the visit. I wish you the very best in this period of change in your life.

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