Thursday, 27 September 2018

Happiness

Let me ask you a question.
What is Happiness?
The first thing that pops into your mind is your answer.
For some, happiness is what you feel when what you want to happen happens. For some others, happiness is the smile on their little child’s face. For still others, happiness is a colour, a person, an event, a day, a memory, a gift, a moment, a story, a relationship, a place- anything.
But truly, do you know what it means to be happy and what it takes to achieve happiness?
Analyse the question and you will see that our basic needs are very limited. Our wants are what are unlimited. Think about it. You want a pizza, but you need food. You want a mansion, but you need a house.
The more wants you have the more problems you will have, for an unfulfilled want is the surest cause of unhappiness. Your happiness is your responsibility; don’t blame others if you are unhappy. It certainly is not enough to tell yourself to be happy. As long as we’re not happy with ourselves, we’re never really going to achieve happiness. The problems start when the weather of a dark passing emotion settles into the oppression of a gloomy emotional climate. Before this happens, it is up to each one of us, to use your own initiative, to put up your umbrellas. It is you who decide how you will respond to external circumstances. Achieving happiness is done through looking within ourselves and finding out what truly brings us joy in our lives. We want to be loved and accepted.
Happiness can be achieved by starting with the following:

  • Do not take anything personally. Brush of insults, but be receptive to constructive criticism.
  • Focus on the present, not the past or the future. Tomorrow will take care of itself.
  •  Laugh as often as possible.
  • Learn to accept that power to be happy is all in your hands.
  • Take some time each day to do something nice for yourself.
  • Having balance between our thoughts, words, and actions is crucial in finding happiness.
  • Maintaining your health is very important to achieve happiness.
  • Identify your talents and find opportunities to use them purposefully you will find happiness in what you do.
  • Practice forgiveness.
  • Express and share grief.
  • Make Somebody Else Happy.
  • Think positive.
  • If people would stop being miserable for 15 minutes by shutting their mind off (meditate and most important stop ruminating) then they would be happy.
  • By choosing to take responsibility for your own happiness you choose to succeed throughout your life.

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