Happiness – real happiness – is something we’re all in search of and is something that all too often eludes us. So, what’s the problem? Why can’t so many of us find it? And better yet, how can we find lots of it? Let’s take a look at some of the places to stop searching right now and set our sights on some sure-fire spots for finding happiness today.
The truth is that happiness isn’t found in things like wealth, beauty, or status. Lasting happiness doesn’t come from fame, success and grand scale achievements. Real happiness isn’t a faster car, a bigger house or a smaller waist. And even if it is temporarily found in those places, it is all too easily lost. True happiness can’t be bought and isn’t found in large, complex, or overwhelming achievements.
It turns out, real happiness is pretty cheap. In fact, it’s free, and it comes from some of the smallest, simplest, and most unpretentious things in the world. Each of us already holds the key to real happiness, and it’s been in our pockets all along. Happiness lies within us, waiting to be uncovered in a number of simple and sometimes surprising ways. With a few easy tweaks to your everyday life, you too can find true happiness. In fact, you might even find tons of it. Check out the research on Happiness and see how happiness develops. It is a reaction of our neurotransmitters that just requires a bit of help from us. That bit of help is giving, a small act of giving that is easy to do and will cost you nothing.
Be kind – Kindness is free, sprinkle that stuff everywhere and watch what grows (spoiler alert – it’s happiness!) Kindness really is the best fertilizer for happiness so spread generously, and don’t forget to save some for yourself too. Smile at people on the street, open the door for someone, help a senior with their grocery bags. All of this is kindness and the world needs a lot more it.
Let go – Acceptance is key to finding contentment. Accept yourself just the way you are and stop trying to be something you’re not. While you’re at it, let go of other people’s opinions and expectations too. You are the only person you need to be good enough for. it is possible to complete a give for yourself – take a walk in the local park, watch the sunrise or sunset – and happiness is still the result.
Give back – Real happiness doesn’t come from getting everything you want; it comes from sharing what you have. Beautify your favorite park by picking up trash, donate old towels and blankets to an animal shelter or create a free lawn library. Doing good feels great, so start giving and get ready for some happiness.
Be a cheerleader – Cheer on the success of other people. Build others up. Life is a journey, not a competition, so put on your pom-poms and start cheering. Unselfishly exude enthusiasm for someone else’s achievement and unearth some well-earned happiness in return. This is a wonderful give to do at work, or school.
Practice gratitude – Count your blessings because being grateful and practicing gratitude are keys to a happier life. You can start right now. Be thankful you’re alive, appreciate everything you already have. Not only will gratitude get the happiness flowing, but on average, grateful people have stronger bonds to their communities, enjoy more satisfying relationships and have 10% less stress-related illness. Write a text of gratitude to a friend. Drop a note of gratitude on the desk of a co-worker. Send an email of gratitude to your parents, a sister, brother or family member.
Find balance – Take time to enjoy the life you are working so hard to create. Get outside. Play with your pets. Have some fun. Put away the phone and spend quality time with your family. Reconnect with friends. Have a nice long bubble bath and soak up the happy – with balance comes peace, and with peace comes true happiness.
Choose happy – Happiness is a choice and does need your attention. Being happy doesn’t mean everything is perfect, it means you’re committed to looking beyond the imperfections. When you don’t have control over something, control the only thing you can – your attitude. What’s the alternative? For every minute you spend being angry, you lose 60 seconds of happiness. For every minute you give, your happiness increases. All you need is a few minutes a day and your day will be happier, and so will others.
Turns out, when you’re happy (like really happy) when you are kind and grateful and giving back – those grand scale achievements (the ones we thought we needed to be happy in the first place) they all naturally seem to follow. Just another reason to get out there and find some happiness today.
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