Happiness isn’t magic – it’s more of a choice than most people realise.
However, there are simple things we can do or consider to make this choice more easily. Some are:
Don’t live for others
Living the way others tell or expect you too is bound to make you miserable. Pursue you own desires and you’ll be happier for it.
Strive for something
Achievement is a well-known basis for contentment. Set goals and attempt to achieve them. Yet ensure you do this incrementally; taking on too much at once can cause frustration, stress and disappointment. In doing this, try to use your strengths. This has been shown to promote satisfaction. Case in point: the poor yet blissful artist.
Be optimistic, even to the point of delusion
Studies have shown that willing your way to happiness can achieve just that. Even the mere act of smiling on purpose can release the same ‘happy’ chemicals that are produced when a smile occurs naturally. Another noted method of ‘seeing the glass half full’ involves writing down three good things that have occurred at the end of each day. Over time, you’ll see there’s a lot to be grateful for.
There is a reason why altruism is commonplace: it feels good for the receiver and the giver. This is for several reasons including providing the giver with a sense of connection and perspective on his/her own life. Try it and see for yourself.
Spend more time with people whose company you enjoy
Good relationships are the bedrock of happiness. Take care to nurture those that make you feel secure and connected.