One of my usually get frustrated very easily and keep whining that why I am not happy and keep asking how can I be happy. All the points below are from the lectures that I keep giving him. He has improved a lot and is much happier. So, I hope it will help you to have a better and happier life.
Happiness is an abstract thought. You can never explain or understand happiness. It’s an emotion that can only be felt and enjoyed.
All we do in live is to achieve happiness but happiness is not a milestone to be achieved. You can never be completely happy, the same way you can never be completely sad.
You don’t do things to be Happy, but stay happy and then do things.
Every individual’s primary goal is to be happy, but they rarely have any idea on how to stay happy. Here are few habits that have been found among the happy individuals.
- Take Responsibility for yourself
Start to take responsibility of keeping yourself happy. No one owes anything to you in this world. It’s your job to keep yourself happy.
If you are not happy don’t blame the world, but look within yourself and figure out what’s stopping you from making yourself happy and work for it.
Make a decision with your heart that you will keep yourself happy.
- Don’t link your happiness to a single factor
There a lot of things that makes us happy like the getting an off from the office, the time you spend with your kids, going out for a vacation, listening to your favorite music and a lot more stuff.
Few of us make a mistake of fully depending your happiness on only one factor. Like, we link our happiness only on our love or only to our work. When things get messed up or doesn’t work as per our need in our single domain we tend to get frustrated.
Like, I have linked my happiness to my work, family, friends, music, books, football, photography, movies and lot more.
Find various things that keep you happy and start practicing them. If one of the factors is not working well at the current moment then you have a lot of other things to stay happy.
We all have a tendency to compare our lives with others. Usually, we compare our personal characteristics, tangible and intangible things with other people around us. This makes us feel depressed and it blocks our happiness.
Remember, each one of us have something special that the other person doesn’t possess.
One of the most important thing to stay happy is to understand yourself and accept however you are.
Please accept the way you are and stay true to your values and character, you will start being happier and will appreciate yourself a lot.
- Don’t Overthink
While most of our circumstances in life, we think a lot about different possibilities, we worry a lot on the most basic troubling question What If?
For a moment, look back to your thoughts and worries in past, and I am fully confident that 90% of those worries never even happened to you. It was just a scenario that was lived in your head and killed your happiness.
So now, if you are aware of it then why not stop overthinking and worrying about things that are very unlikely to happen.
Have a plan for future, work on it but also try to live in a moment and enjoy the experience that life has gifted you. Live life on a day to day basis and stop worrying about tomorrow.
- Relationship with family and friends
As per a research in America, if you’re surrounded by a tightly connected circle of friends who regularly gather to eat, drink and share gossip, you’ll have much more fun and be a lot happier.
Make a point to meet your closed ones once a week, or make a call to your best friend once a week. Also, spend some quality time with your family.
It will help you to forget most problems in your life, in fact, you will make fun and laugh at those problems.
- Start your Day Positively
Start your day on a positive note, by starting your day with a conscious decision that the world is great, you are more likely to stay happy even if your day doesn’t turn up as planned.
Albert Einstein once said,
The most important decision we make is whether we believe we live in a friendly or a hostile universe
Appreciate the good things in your life, and be thankful for living another beautiful day.
How you view the world whether good or bad impacts your attitude towards life.
- Value experiences than Items
We all desire and want a lot of items in our life. At every moment of life, there is always a commodity desire in us, it could be a new car, or a new house, or an iPhone.
After owning the commodity we desired and worked for, we tend to loose the value in it and we desire a new thing. It’s a cycle in life which never stops and we always want something and are never satisfied.
But have you thought that once you own the thing you wanted by working hard on it and keeping the desire alive in your mind for a very long time, you don’t have the same feeling for it.
It’s not bad to have such desires and own new and amazing things, but not at the expense of spoiling your mood or happiness.
You will feel happiness while remembering your special memories or experience like having an amazing time with your friends, or a vacation with your family and not by having an iPhone in your hand.
Value the experiences you will get or have in life as those will always remain in your heart and are priceless.
I am not saying all these 7 habits will give you 100% happiness but it will keep you much more positive in life and will make life easier and enjoyable.
All I want you to always remember you have a choice.
Do yourself a favor, choose to stay happy. Happiness is a decision and not a milestone to achieve.
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