Some people get stuck thinking that they have no options in life, a sure way to be less happy. At any given moment, there are many possibilities available to you that will help you think and do things differently and more creatively if you’re willing to open your mind. If you think that there’s only one way to do things then you’re more likely to get stuck; if you welcome other ideas then you’ll have more options available to you.
Sometimes we get so busy and goal-oriented in life that we forget to be grateful for what we have instead of worrying about what we don’t. An important part of being happy is the ability to focus on what’s going right as well as the simple wonders in the world: A sunset, a tree, a child, ourselves, our ability to have a kind conversation with someone or the fact we’re alive and breathing. What are you grateful for today?
A lot of people are their own worst critics. They make a mistake or do something “wrong” and then beat themselves up over and over. It’s hard to be happy when you’re focusing on feeling bad about something you did. Instead, try acknowledging the event and then move forward confidently having learned from your past experience.
A lot of people make themselves miserable because they’re always concerned with what happened in the past or what might happen in the future. The only moment in time you can control is what you’re doing right now. Remember that you can be happy by doing the things you love this very moment.
Many people aren’t happy because they don’t live meaningfully. This often happens because they focus on the superficial aspects of life instead of the deeper things that really matter. Having meaning in your life means doing meaningful things like learning, helping others, building relationships, working on being healthy emotionally and physically, treating others well and living authentically. They’re the things that make you feel great about yourself and the world. What will you do to find meaning in your life?