Are you happy? I mean, are you truly happy? Do you have the happiness and fulfilment you have always desired? Or are there still missing pieces? I imagine you’re currently working toward achieving some important life goals. Obtaining these goals will no doubt make you very happy. These goals will bring you the happiness and fulfilment you have always wanted. Or will they? Achieving your goals will probably make you feel absolutely wonderful, but unfortunately your happiness won’t last. It won’t last because nothing external will ever truly make you happy. To find true happiness in life we need to look to the little things that matter most.
1) SMILE MORE OFTEN
To find more happiness in life you must commit yourself to living life in a more lighthearted and carefree way. Yes, life is full of unwanted problems and horrible experiences. However, most of the time we make a big deal out of the little things, or over exaggerate issues that won’t even matter a year from now. We jump to conclusions, and we worry and fret about how things could be, instead of making the most of each experience. We just take life and ourselves too seriously and this prevents us from enjoying each moment to its fullest. To avoid falling into this trap, take time to laugh, to smile, and to be more playful and lighthearted.
2) INDULGE IN THE GOOD STUFF
To find more happiness in life we need to start indulging in all the good stuff that helps nourish our body, spirit and our brain. And no, daytime television soup operas unfortunately don’t make the cut. 😉 The good stuff includes eating healthy, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, and spending quality time with those you love. To truly find lasting happiness in life, you need to take special care of yourself. Specifically, you need to look after your health and well-being. You could for instance have all the money and material possessions in the world, but you won’t truly be happy if you don’t have good health and abundant energy.
3) CULTIVATE AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE
To find more happiness in life takes gratitude and appreciation. Most people spend their entire lives pursuing the things they don’t have. The pursuit of these things can be difficult, but at the same time it can also be quite rewarding and exciting. It could even be said that happiness is found along the journey and not at the destination. Certainly, pursuing things we don’t yet have brings us joy, even if the road gets a little tough at times. However, true and lasting happiness doesn’t come while chasing stuff, it rather comes when we take the time to appreciate the small things we already have that we typically take for granted.
4) DABBLE IN CREATIVE PURSUITS
To find more happiness in life requires doing things you love that indulge your passions and senses. The happiest people in the world are people who live life on their terms. They are the people who spend a vast majority of their time passionately exploring creative pursuits that challenge them in new ways. These people live with a sense of purpose and continuously work toward accomplishing important life goals. However, they don’t pursue these goals for the sake of achieving them, they rather pursue them to grow and develop themselves in new ways. In other words, they seek not to achieve, but rather to become a better version of themselves.
5) SPEND TIME HELPING PEOPLE
To find more happiness in life requires giving of yourself to help improve how other people live their lives. Of course, indulging in the things that make us happy can feel quite wonderful, however these feelings are often very short-lived. True and lasting happiness only comes to those who consistently focus on spreading happiness outside of themselves. You can of course do this through random acts of kindness that help ease people’s burdens and pains. Making a positive difference in the lives of those around you will naturally make you feel better about yourself, thereby enhancing your own level of happiness.
6) SAY YES TO LIFE
To find more happiness in life requires making the most of every moment. It requires choosing to live life to the fullest. But in order to live life in this way we need embrace all that life has to offer. There are after all just so many incredible experiences we could have, and so many wonderful memories to create. However, most people deny themselves the opportunity to truly live their life because they simply don’t prioritize what matters. They say NO to this and to that, and subsequently deny themselves the opportunity for new adventures and learning experiences that could help them live a happier and more fulfilling life.
Whether we care to admit it or not, happiness is our number one priority in life. Yes, we spend time pursuing all these other things that we think we want, when in the end all we really need is to be happy.
You buy that new car because it makes you happy. You pursue that goal because you think it will make you happy when you eventually achieve it. You purchase a gift for someone because it makes you happy to see them happy. You help someone in need because it makes you happy to be helpful. Everything you do is because of your innate desire to find more happiness in life.
But if we do all these things to make ourselves happy, then why do so many people still feel so miserable? The easy answer to that question is because happiness is elusive. The pursuit of happiness will always elude you because you’re constantly looking for the next thing that you think will make you happy. And all the while happiness is sitting right under your nose waiting for you to acknowledge its existence. 🙂
Imagine for a moment you could develop new habits and methods of thinking where you naturally and effortlessly adopt these ideas into your life. How would that make you feel? Would you feel more fulfilled, empowered and in control?
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Want to know more about this topic? Here are some helpful links to articles that you may find of value:
- 10 Powerful New Insights from the Science of Happiness @ Huffington Post
- 15 Scientifically Proven Ways to be Happier @ Inc.
- 25 Science-Backed Ways to Feel Happier @ Greatist
- How to Find More Happiness to Live Your Best Life @ IQ Matrix
- The Science of Happiness Turns 10. What Has it Taught? @ Time