How to Be Happy

A Black and White Life

A lot of people paint themselves into a corner because they view everything as black or white, good or bad, right or wrong. When you see things this way you only have two options instead of many. Your world becomes a black and white TV instead of a color one.

It’s much easier to be happy when you open yourself up to multiple choices. There are many different solutions to the challenges that arise in life. Why not take the time to brainstorm and develop more than two? The more options you have, the happier and more well-rounded you’ll be.

It may seem confusing to have more than two choices, but the human brain is amazing at being able to select among many options. Give yourself a chance to explore all the amazing ideas available to you.

Areas for Improvement

People often forget to look at the areas in their lives that could use some improvement. It’s as if they think something bad will happen if they recognize they need to make adjustments. There’s nothing wrong with looking at yourself and admitting that you need to strengthen certain areas in order to be happy.

Once you’ve identified something you’d like to improve, take small steps to make it happen. There’s a big difference between saying you need to change and actually taking action.

Signs You’re Happy

Some of the signs of being happy are:

  • A sense of balance and well-being.
  • Various areas of your life are in balance.
  • No major conflicts or ongoing negativity.
  • You treat yourself and others well.
  • You give of yourself to others.
  • You’re open to learning new things.
  • You’re not scared of a lot of people or things.
  • You welcome change.
  • You realize you can’t be happy all the time.
  • Joy plays a big part in your life.
  • You look for ways to be positive on the outside and inside.
  • You’re living a meaningful life.
  • You do things that make the world a better place.

If you do these things you know how great it feels. If you don’t, no problem, just work on one until it becomes second nature and then move on to the next. There’s always an opportunity to increase your happiness.