Steps to Happiness

by Laura Kronen on October 22, 2013

girl with balLife is too short not to be happy.  If I told you that it only took a few simple steps to become happier would you do it?  The keys are making a commitment to making happiness a priority and the willingness to learn and practice the disciplines associated with happiness.

You have to first ask yourself if happiness is really a priority for you. Are you doing all you can to live a happy life?  Could you be doing any more to make your life happier and more fulfilling?  If you believe you could do more, you need to assess the pros and cons of doing that.  The pros seem pretty self explanatory, but there are definitely cons. Living a happier life might require changes to your career, relationships, financial arrangements and the way you act on a daily basis.

Trying to become happier at work for instance may require financial adjustments, learning new skills or growing a professional network. See what I mean?  It’s not all just changing your mindset. Achieving happiness requires taking action as well. But then what? Following are a list of strategies that you need to assess. Decide which ones are most important to you and you can dedicate time to on a regular basis in order to implement.

1.  Clarify your life direction and goals.  This is a biggie.  The happy people are the ones who are clear with who they are, where they want to go and what they want to achieve.

2.  Live a healthy life. It’s hard to be happy if you are well, sick and tired all of the time.  So ensure you eat well, exercise regularly and get enough sleep.

3.  Do not tolerate negative thoughts.  Self defeating talk is the enemy of happiness.  Learn how to control your mind and especially, how to identify and challenge worrying, pessimistic thoughts.

4.  Grow optimistic thoughts.  Happy people look at the world differently.  Focus on the positives and look for opportunities in all situations.  Once you have weeded out the unhappy thoughts, you can plant optimistic ones.

5.  Develop and maintain key relationships.  Research strongly suggests that happpy people have more and better quality relationships.  To achieve this they spend more time working on the quality of these relationships.  Do not take the important people in your life for granted.  Tell them, or better yet show them, what they mean to you.

6.  Focus on your strengths. Although we can always try to improve and we can all try to fix our weaknesses, happy people tend to be far more aware of and far better at utilizing their core strengths, qualities and attributes. So find out what you are good at and find ways to do more of that as often as possible.

7. Live in the moment.  Happiness is not something that you will achieve in the future.  It’s something you have to make happen now. It can only be experienced at t his very second. Happy people spend less time dwelling on the past and worrying about the future.  They spend most of their time living in the here and now.

8.  Enjoy the moment.  This is a little different than the point above. Happiness is not only living in the moment, but also enjoying the moment. Happy people are more grateful. They appreciate what they have and think less about what they dont have. Often times they appreciate small things that other people don’t even notice.

This is article is the second installment in the three part Happiness Series on Be You Only Better.  Read Part 1 here and stay tuned for Part 3.

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