Recycling Happiness


Last time, I wrote about “Finding Your Happiness” and promised that in my next article, I would teach you how to “Recycle Happiness”. Here it is! Enjoy! Share with your friends!


I have always recycled and have done so because I am a firm believer in using things again, unless they turn out to be total garbage.

Reduce your consumption of items you cannot or do not want to take the effort to recycle.

Total garbage includes negative emotions, negative feelings, negative people, negative griping, negative complaining, negative outlooks, negative moaning and groaning and negative points of view. They are all total garbage and should be thrown into a nice big bag with drawstrings, tied extra tight, thrown away and never to be heard from or seen again.


We’ve determined what “trash” is – now let’s look at what we can reuse. Reuse positive emotions, positive feelings, positive people, positive feedback, positive outlooks and positive points of view. They are all reusable and recyclable and should be handled with the utmost care.

Reuse positive emotions and feelings by taking stock of great moments in your life, no matter how distant or recent and play them back in your mind exactly as they occurred, until you feel great. You can reuse as many experiences as needed or wanted to get yourself to the point where you are so full of happiness and joy that you could cry. That is how it feels to have a heart overflowing with happiness.


Much like the glass, aluminum, plastic and paper we recycle, our emotions and life circumstances are very similar. For example, a product we use comes in a glass jar. We can see what’s in the jar, we anticipate the jar may be an initial struggle to open, but once inside the jar, we enjoy its contents. Because the glass jar is transparent, we can see the condition of the contents inside and can choose to open the jar or move on to another one. When finished with the jar, we rinse it out and put in our recycle bin. The waste management workers remove the contents from the bin, transport it to their facility for processing and the materials that have been recycled are then used to form a new jar for either the same or new product.

The thoughts we think and the emotional frequencies we emit are very similar to the concept of recycling. A life circumstance appears, we see it for what it is, we put forth a small effort to get involved and we enjoy the experience. The difference here is that we do not have transparent glass jars with immediately visible life circumstances to choose from; but rather, we have opaque jars and have to trust that when we open the jar we are going to want what’s inside. In the example with the glass jar, after it has been used and recycled, it is “put back out there” so to speak to take either the same or different form the next time around. This is essentially a form of karma, and just like the experiences we have in our lives, what goes around comes around. If you opened a jar you regretted opening, don’t focus on it – if you do, then you will continue to get opaque jars of crap you don’t want. Just focus on the jars that had the amazing, awesome, fabulous contents – so you just keep getting jars full of the good stuff, thanks to our friend, Karma.

“How you think determines the condition of the contents of the jars you open.” – Johnny Potrekus

You don’t need to see into the jars of life conditions to know whether the contents are good or bad. Your feelings or your “gut instinct” will tell you when you have the right jar in your hand. If your mindset involves a mix of positive and negative thoughts, you will always hem and haw when opening a new jar. Some days you will feel great and expect that only the absolute best will be in there, and some days you will feel horrible and expect that based on how things are going that day, the jar might as well be full of garbage too.

You must set your mind, and yes, it takes some CONSISTENT EFFORT, to find ways that YOU can feel positive as often as possible.

To help you with your recycling efforts, employ the following in your life:

Every time you put an object in the recycle bin, use that action as an anchor to remind yourself to discern between trash and recyclables in your life. What in your life needs to be trashed and what should you reuse? Use this action as a reminder that every time you recycle something, you are making a deposit in the bank of positive items to reuse later when you need uplifting, reinforcing, or inspiration to fill your heart with happiness to the point that it overflows. When you see your recycle bin overflowing, you have visual proof that it’s full – just like your heart, just like your life.


Next time: “Karma, Karma, Karma-Chameleon”

I’m going to give you a new perspective on this thing called “Karma”. It’s a shape-shifting phenom and it’s having an impact on your life and it has EVERYTHING to do with YOU. It’s kind of like RECYCLING!

Remember! Recycle the awesomeness that appears in your life by administering awesomeness to others and enjoying the reemergence of awesomeness back in your life in different (recycled!) form. (Pssst…that’s also called KARMA!)


Johnny Potrekus, Msc.M

Twitter @johnnypotrekus



©Johnny Potrekus. 2014 All Rights Reserved.


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