Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect.
It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.
Living a happy, resilient and optimistic life is wonderful and is also good for your health. Being happy actually helps protect you from some of the stresses of life. Stress has been linked to some of the major causes of death such as: heart disease, cancer and stroke.
One of the best quotes ever made is “The only thing in life that will always remain the same is change.” In our lives we have the power to make the necessary changes if we want to. Even if we find ourselves in an unbearable situation we can usually find some solace in the knowledge that it too will change.
Real life relationships and social networks are essential to your happiness. Every person is different. Learn to accept people for who or what they are, avoid clashes and constant strife and let go of all kinds of resentment. If arguments seem unavoidable, you should still try to make an effort to understand the situation. Happiness is actually found in everyone. Increasing it is a way to make your life more wonderful and also healthier.
To be happy is relatively easy; it’s a decision, a choice. Choose to be a happier person. Abraham Lincoln observed that most people can choose how happy, how stressed, how relaxed or troubled, how bright or dull their outlook will be. The choice is actually pretty simple. Choose to be happy.
How to get happier:
1. Gratitude. Being grateful is a great attitude adjustor. We have so many things to be thankful for. Thank your taxi driver for bringing you home safely. Thank your mailman for bringing your mail. Thank God for being alive.
2. Less news. News is stressful. Get less of it. Some people just can’t start their day without their daily dose of news. But if you think about it, 99% of the news we hear or read is bad news. Starting the day with bad news does not seem like a very sensible thing to do.
3. Spirit connection. A religious or spiritual connection is also recommended. Being an integral part of a group with its singing, sacraments, chanting, prayers or meditations fosters inner peace.
4. Time management. Manage your time. Time is invaluable and much too important to waste. Time management can be viewed as a list of rules that involve scheduling, setting goals, planning, creating lists of things to do and prioritizing. These are the core basics of time management that should be understood to develop an efficient personal time management skill set. These basic skills can be fine tuned further to give you that extra reserve to produce the results you desire.
5. Humor. Laugh and laugh heartily every day. “Laughter is the best medicine.”
6. Express yourself. Express your feelings, affection, friendship and passion to people around you. They will most likely reciprocate your actions. Try not to keep anger pent up or spend a lot of time in frustration. This is bad for your health. Instead, find methods of expressing yourself in a way that will not cause more injury or hurt anyone.
7. Passionate work. Working hard brings tremendous personal satisfaction. It gives a feeling of being competent in finishing our tasks. Accomplishments are necessary for all of us, they gives us a sense of value. Work on things that you feel are worthy of your time.
8. Never stop learning. Learning is a joyful exercise. Try to learn something new everyday. Learning also makes us expand and broaden our horizons. And it can also lead to more opportunities in the future.
9. Exercise, get outside. Run, jog, walk and do things that your body was made for. Feel alive. Avoid exposure to negative elements as much as possible. Avoid loud noises, toxins and hazardous places.
These are a few of the simplest things you can do everyday to be happy. And always remember the quote from Abraham Lincoln; he says that “most people are as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
What do you do for your happiness boost?