A great way to be happy is to learn how to solve problems so you don’t have to avoid or endure them. When you learn the skills necessary to fix a difficult situation or challenge, you’re able to deal with any type of person or event that comes your way. Most people deal with problems in a haphazard way based on what they saw in their families rather than taking the time to learn how to actually solve them. A much more effective approach is to study how to solve problems and keep practicing until you’re good at it.
It’s easy to get caught up in trying to maintain some kind of image, appearance of strength or invulnerability but that approach has a way of taking you away from who you really are deep inside. If you’re always pretending to be someone else then you don’t get to enjoy life as yourself. The key to being happy is to stop pretending you’re not thinking, feeling and doing certain things. It’s OK to be the real you, even if it means being vulnerable and admitting that you have areas you need to improve.
Stress can get in the way of being happy and make your life more difficult. Thankfully, you get to decide how much you let things bother you. The next time something difficult happens in your life, manage your stress by consciously deciding how much importance you’re going to give to it. If you choose to deal with the issue positively, directly and confidently, you’ll be much happier.
You’re much more likely to get stuck in life if you’re not open to new things. When you keep your mind open and consider new thoughts and actions you increase the amount of tools available to you to deal with any challenge. Being happy is about realizing that there are all kinds of amazing opportunities available to you when you’re willing to learn and grow.
There will be people and events that will make you doubt yourself. Happy people understand that adversity is a natural part of life and that they can make it past these hurdles. Keep believing in yourself regardless of what happens to you and continue to be yourself and celebrate the wonderful things you do. You’re worth it.