How to be happy.
You may have asked this question too many times already and perhaps have searched everywhere just to know what true happiness is. While clearly there is really no secret to happiness and you can’t just easily create a list of what you want the world to give you in order to be happy, however, there are ways to experience it genuinely. Here is my short complied simple ways that might help put a smile on your face:
1. Happiness is a choice
Happiness is learned. It is akin to losing weight. If you want to lose those pounds, you make a conscious effort to really do something about it. You religiously go to the gym, watch what you eat, and track your progress. It takes a lot of willpower, repetition and determination to do it. Just like happiness, you will truly experience it if you strive hard every day to be happy. You are responsible for your own happiness. If you want to be happy, make a choice to be really happy. The secret is neither magic, material things or people. It is a constant practice.
So how do you practice it?
Every day, make it a habit to count your blessings. Be thankful for both the small and big things. Write them down in a piece of paper or in your journal and you will see that indeed, you have a lot to be thankful for. Every night, as I am laying in bed I make a point to give thanks for three things that have happened during the day.
Negate the negative. This is done by regulating your time spent from worrying and thinking about your problems. Problems will always be there and spending too much time worrying about it will not make them go away or solve them. However, drag you down in the negative abyss.
Develop optimism. Always look at the brighter side of things. No matter how impossible or ugly a situation is, trust that there is always something good that will come out from it. Problems will not be a hindrance if you look things this way. Happiness is really a state of mind. Consequently, you think yourself happy, you become one.
2. Happiness is YOU
Perhaps all your life, you have lived in an environment that only celebrates great outcome rather than effort in order to realize great results. Take action and make happiness your everyday goal. Train yourself to be happy everyday. As you start your day, set positivity as your main goal. As you do this, you would be able to identify life’s beauty. That it always has its valleys and peaks. Must of all, you must continue to live and be happy no matter what.
3. Always have a grateful heart
Gratefulness should be your language. In everything, always be thankful. Happiness comes in accepting and appreciating what is present in your life. Do not be caught up worrying and complaining. Life is too short to spend time being sad. Make every day count. Each day better than yesterday. Make today a happier version of yesterday.