“Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama
Happiness is up to you. Life may have its’ twists and turns but happiness is under your control – you either make it, or you don’t. Focus on what makes you happy and forget about the rest. Along with your newfound happiness comes great health benefits that can help you live longer.
Things That Won’t Make You Happy
Money/Material Possessions: Research has found that people are happier when their basic necessities are covered, but any more money than that doesn’t have much difference on happiness levels. A study conducted by a Princeton economist found that there is a specific dollar amount after which more money has no measurable effect on day-to-day happiness. The magic income number is: $75,000. After that, it’s only more stuff with no increase in happiness.
Children: Of course, children can be a great source of fulfillment and joy, but they require a lot of care and can intensify stress, financial pressures, and marital strife. Some studies show that being married (without children) and having more friends have a greater association with happiness. However, children won’t MAKE you happy because only you can MAKE you happy.
Youth: Physical attraction and youth have little or no bearing on happiness. Adults generally grow steadily happier through their middle age and then happiness levels decrease as health problems and other life issues occur.
How Do You Know When You’re Happy?
1. Hours are flying by and you aren’t worried about what time it is.
2. You aren’t focused on how well you’re performing a certain activity or what other people are thinking of you.
3. You aren’t thinking about what your plans are for tomorrow or a chore you forgot to do.
4. Everything is feeling effortless.
5. You can’t stop smiling (externally and/or internally).
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30 Ways To Be Happy
- Eat at least one meal with someone every day.
- Get rid of the things you don’t need.
- Create tech-free zones in your home.
- Rearrange your furniture.
- Write down all the things you are grateful for.
- Live in the moment as much as possible.
- Jot down a list of dream hobbies and pick one on the list to try.
- Join an online community to be a part of.
- Block out time in your day to be alone in silence.
- Choose a career that fulfills you.
- Personalize your workspace.
- Avoid the long commute – live closer to work.
- Be honest even when it hurts.
- Take the initiative to hang out with a friend.
- Focus on your relationships in real life.
- Help out a friend in need.
- Create some long-term goals for yourself.
- Go outside for 30 minutes (it’ll help fight depression).
- Give yoga a try.
- Sleep eight to nine hours a night.
- Try to keep a balanced diet.
- Don’t sweat the small stuff.
- Tell three people how much you love them.
- Stop trying to fix all the flaws in your life.
- Take “I can’t” out of your vocabulary.
- Do one thing at a time.
- Allow yourself to be content with where you are in life.
- Don’t run awful imaginary scenarios in your mind.
- You don’t have to participate in the struggles of other people’s lives.
- Mind your own business.
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