People who have a purpose in life tend to be more happy than those who walk around aimlessly hoping something will happen. Ask yourself what you love doing and what brings you joy and then pursue it. When you listen to your inner self and work toward becoming the person you want to be, you’ll feel more fulfilled and you’ll be living on purpose.
Positive self-esteem means that you genuinely feel great about yourself. There’s no mystery to improving your self-esteem, it just requires living authentically and taking action every day to work toward your dreams. Every time you do something positive, you’ll feel better about who you are. All those small successes add up to positive self-esteem.
It’s easy to forget that life can actually be enjoyable. One of the best ways to be happy is to see things with the wonder and excitement a child does. Explore, play, think, question, have fun and look at the world as one big place to discover. There are always opportunities out there that will help you refocus and be happier, thinking like a kid can help you access them.
It’s easy to tell how happy you are because authentically happy people do certain things including:
- Live with hope.
- Live positively.
- Accept themselves and others.
- Trust themselves and others.
- Forgive themselves and others.
- Follow their dreams.
- Treat themselves and others kindly.
- Behave with compassion.
- Behave courageously.
- Live genuinely.
- Make the world a better place.
- They look happy.
If you do these things regularly, you probably feel great, if not, just keep working on them until you feel more balanced and fulfilled. Always be truthful with yourself and work on improving yourself.
Think about when you were a kid and you were playing with friends or with your toys or some game you loved. What did it feel like? How often do you feel like that now? Somewhere along the way we tell ourselves that we can’t do that as adults. When you’re genuinely happy, life is like play; you do things you enjoy and you have fun while you’re doing them. What will you do to play more?
True love is when you deeply and genuinely accept and celebrate yourself at your core. It’s very different from simply saying you love yourself, it means that you’re actively working on yourself and genuinely growing. The way you’ll know that you’re authentically joyful and loving yourself is that, when you ask yourself whether you’re happy, the answer will come back to you with few doubts. You’ll also notice that your life focuses a lot more love than conflict and pain.
A lot of people make themselves miserable because they think there is only one way of doing things or one way to look at the world. They refuse to deviate from a certain thought or behavior and then wonder why they’re stuck or have limited options.
The key to being happy in life is to embrace ambiguity because not everything is black or white; right or wrong; good or bad. There are a lot of shades of grey and nuanced ways of looking at the world. Be open to all the opportunities available to you and all the wonderful thoughts and ideas that can help you be the best you possible.