A simple word that, ironically, can foster a lot of questions and a lot of anxiety.
What is happiness?
Why am I not happy?
Am I happy enough?
Is this what happiness feels like?
Why does so-and-so look happier than me?
But most of all, how do I become happy?
Our thoughts can ramble on and on, questioning what seems to be the elusive pursuit of happiness. More than that, we often tell ourselves lies to make us feel better, thinking that’s how we’ll obtain happiness. Someday. Sometime.
But here’s the thing. Happiness DOES exist in each of us. Right now. Here. Today. All you need are the tools to uncover it and, with practice, tapping into your happiness can become easier than you think.
Here are some tips:
- “He or she will change.” Newsflash: You can’t “fix” or change anyone—ever.
- “I’ll do it ‘one day.'” Newsflash: The present is all you’ve got.
- “If I had more time, I would do X, Y, and Z.” Newsflash: You may be wasting more time on things that don’t matter than you realize.
- “If I could just have X, everything would be so much better.” Newsflash: If you’re not happy now, you won’t be happier when you get “the prize”.
- “I’m stuck.” Newsflash: You always have a choice, even when you think you don’t.
- “I’m not ready to do X.” Newsflash: No one ever truly feels ready to do anything. We just begin.
- “I’m not good enough.” Newsflash: This is the biggest lie of all. You are good enough. Every day in every way.
So stop lying to yourself. The only thing keeping you from taking the steps to being happier is you.
Want to read more? I found all this wonderful advice on Greatist’s blog about happiness.
Go on. I dare you to become happy.
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Thanks for passing on (mainly) old advice in a new way that makes me think. Most of my world doesn’t need changing: thanks for the shove to work on the part that does!
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Happy you found some new ways of looking at happiness