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Stay Happy and be a Winner

Happiness goes far beyond being healthy or having a lot of success in life. It is a matter of choice disregarding any circumstances. There are no eternal happy moments on this earth. We do what is necessary to be happy, but suddenly, it is all over if we cease to be healthy, if we loose a loved one, if we fall into financial distress, etc. Material and temporary things may give us temporary happiness.  To be really happy depends in your state of mind, and in order to win a basketball game, it is necessary to stay happy my friend, even against adversity.

No one is going to love you if you do not love yourself. The first thing you need to do to be a happier person is to start feeling good about yourself. You may loose everyone and everything, but it is not all over until you loose yourself. So keep it together, be confident in your trainings and during any basketball game; feel good about your accomplishments with enthusiasm doing what you love. Nobody said it was going to be easy.

Happiness is a matter of choice. Our attitude is really a power factor when it comes to being happy or not. Have you heard the quote by Charles R. Swindoll?: “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” A positive attitude holds hands with happiness all the time.

Laugh often. I love Ralph Waldo Emerson’s quote which starts: “To laugh often and love much…” Laugh is definitely the best remedy to any illness and the key to being emotionally happy. Try to find humor to every situation in life and on the court. If you make your teammates smile, you will become their leader. Happiness is contagious and so it is sadness.

Love what you do, not only do what you love. Are you happy when you feel forced to do something you do not like? Or when you fall into a daily routine at the gym? Sacrifice and stay happy! Doing what your coach tells you will improve your ability to play basketball over time. You may not see the results overnight, but at the end, it will pay off.

And finally, the most important key to stay happy is to put God on top of whatever you do in life. Find the transcendental purpose of your life and you will find the switch to the happiness light.

I like to suggest a good book or product after every post I write. Lance Armstrong wrote the book “It’s not about the bike: My journey back to life” The book was written shortly after Armstrong had won the 1999 Tour de France. He went on to win it six further times in successive years, establishing a record. In 1996, he had been diagnosed with testicular cancer, which spread to his lungs, abdomen and brain, and was only given a 40 percent chance of living. “Every second counts” continues the narrative. These are two really fun and inspiring books that make us think about all the things we should be happy about.

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