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 hard to experience all that life has to offer if you don’t keep your mind open. When you close yourself off to new ideas, information or experiences, you’ve told yourself and the world that you’re finished learning and growing. People sometimes choose this path because they feel overwhelmed. The key to being truly happy in life is to continue being open to all the wonderful ideas, experiences, people, events and opportunities around you.
When you live mindfully you move from thinking and doing things unconsciously to behaving carefully and deliberately. Most people cope with the events and people in their lives by reacting the way they always have rather than by doing some planning beforehand. The key to being truly happy in life is to take that extra moment before you act to rethink what you’re doing and move in a positive direction.
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.