How to Be Happy

How to Be Happy: Think of Others

It’s very important to take care of your own needs in life but it’s also vital to think of others because you don’t live alone in the world and how you treat others has a direct effect on you. Consider these two approaches to dealing with others:

  1. You do whatever you want no matter how much it hurts or affects others negatively.
  2. You take care of yourself but also do the same for others.

One of these two approaches leads in a more positive direction because it creates less conflict and more good vibes coming from other people. You have a choice in life: Pretend you’re the only one who matters or make sure everyone is important. The path you choice will determine how happy you are.

Expand Your Frame of Reference

When you expand your frame of reference you can access more information and ideas to help you be happy. While some people claim that ignorance is bliss, it’s only when you struggle with the more difficult questions in life and work through the issues that hold you back that you can grow as a person and enjoy your life on a deeper level. Keep learning new things and increasing your knowledge base, it will help you broaden your horizons and find the information you need to be happy. What will you do to expand your frame of reference?

Your Approach to Happiness

When you focus on finding happiness you are building the foundation for a fulfilling life. Here are some practical things to think of as you begin designing the approach that makes sense to you.

  • Set a concrete goal.
  • Brainstorm ideas of what specific actions you can take to achieve the goal.
  • Pick one of the actions.
  • Decide what you’re going to do to make the action happen and by when.
  • Do what you said you were going to do.
  • Follow these steps again.

The idea in any journey to find happiness is to set yourself up for success by defining specific goals and then taking action. It doesn’t matter so much what the outcome is as long as you keep moving forward. It’s the commitment to continuous action that makes all the difference.

Rejection Is Part of Life

Whether it’s in your personal or professional life, a major part of being happy is learning how to deal positively with rejection. Being rejected is a normal part of life and you get to choose whether it holds you back or inspires you to move forward. Think about the difference between a person who uses rejection to beat himself or herself up or become unmotivated and the person who uses it as tool to re-evaluate the situation and move forward confidently. Which are you?

Keep Learning

You’ll have a much better chance of being happy in life if you keep learning instead of pretending that you’re fully developed and know everything. Nobody stops growing intellectually, there’s always something new to contemplate. You can always learn more about yourself, learn more about others and learn more about the world. Keep learning and you’ll never run out of things to be excited about.

Unlimited Possibilities

You are the only person who can limit your happiness. You get to decide what you do and don’t do. It’s up to you what kind of journeys you embark on and how much effort you’re willing to put into them. You literally have no limit as to what you can do with your life and how happy you can be, all you have to do is be willing to take small steps toward your dreams. What will you do today to take advantage of this opportunity?