Who doesn’t want happiness in life? But happiness is not something that occurs automatically. Only you can make yourself happy amidst all odds in life. A few behavioural changes can make wonders in your life. Here are some guidelines for being happy to ensure a safe living.
Happiness is a universal aspiration of everyone. No one wants to be sad and depressed. We’ve seen people who are always happy – even amidst agonizing life trials. There are a few simple things that can change your life for the better.
Appreciate what you have
Appreciating the way things are moving in life is of paramount importance. Be thankful that you woke up alive each morning. Develop a childlike sense of wonder towards life. Focus on the beauty of every living thing. Make the most of each day. Don’t take anything for granted. Don’t sweat over simple problems.
Choosing friends wisely is another factor that can make you feel good. Try to see that you are in the company of optimistic, happy and positive people who share your values and goals. Friends that have the same ethics as you will encourage you to achieve your dreams. They help you to feel good about yourself. They are there to lend a helping hand when needed.
To be happy always, you need to considerate others. Accept and respect others for who they are and what they are in life. Indulge with a kind and generous spirit. Help others when you are able to, without trying to change them. Brighten the day of everyone you come into contact with.
Learning every day is a big lesson in life. Keep up to date with the latest news regarding your career and hobbies. Try new and daring things that have sparked your interest – such as listening to music, taking a morning walk or swimming, playing tennis, writing in a diary, chatting with friends etc.
Solve problems in a creative way
Don’t wallow in self-pity. As soon as you face a challenge get busy finding a solution. Don’t let the setbacks affect your mood; instead see each new obstacle you face as an opportunity to make a positive change. Learn to trust your gut instincts – it’s almost always right.
According to some studies, 80% of people dislike their jobs. No wonder there’s so many unhappy people running around. We spend a great deal of our life working. Choose a career that you enjoy – the extra money of a job you detest isn’t worth it. Make time to enjoy your hobbies and pursue special interests.
Take the time to see the beauty around you. There’s more to life than work. Take time to smell the roses, watch a sunset or sunrise with a loved one, take a walk along the seashore, hike in the woods etc. Learn to live in the present moment and cherish it. Don’t live in the past or the future.
The magic of laughing
Don’t take yourself – or life too seriously. You can find humor in just about any situation. Laugh at yourself – no one’s perfect. When appropriate laugh and make light of the circumstances. It is notwithstanding the fact that of course, there are times that you should be serious as it would be improper to laugh.
Holding a grudge will hurt no one but you. Forgive others for your own peace of mind. When you make a mistake – own up to it – learn from it – and forgive yourself. Also develop an attitude of gratitude. Count your blessings; all of them – even the things that seem trivial. Be grateful for your home, your work and most importantly your family and friends. Take the time to tell them that you are happy they are in your life.
Invest in Relationships is a great way you can make yourself happy. Always make sure your loved ones know you love them even in times of conflict. Nurture and grow your relationships with your family and friends by making the time to spend with them. Don’t break your promises to them.
(Read full part of this article in the March issue of Safety Messenger Magazine 2016)