Is it something you hope to get to if you climb the next hill? Have you ever noticed when you get over that hill there seems to be another hill. The reality is being happy isn’t something you get to, it’s not something you find. Happiness doesn’t just happen, it lives in the moment.
You have to be happier on purpose!
Yes, there are lots of things that happen around us affecting how we feel and our well-being, but it’s up to you to see the positive things around you, the reasons you have to be happy. When you start to take the beautiful things around you for granted your happiness fades. Your focus turns to the negative. You can see it when people buy something nice to make themselves feel better. That shiny new thing gives them a false sense of happiness which doesn’t last very long and pretty soon they need to buy something else to bring that feeling back.
While I was travelling through Africa back in 1995 something that really stuck with me was the people. They were always cheerful and positive, despite having almost nothing they were happy. It made me realise how lucky I am. It’s not the material things you had that make you happy, it’s your outlook on life and how you see the world around you.
Be grateful for the everything you have!
Don’t ever take the good things in your life, the things that make you happy for granted or you’ll only drive them away. Be grateful for what you have and appreciate the people around you who care for you and love you.
So What Can I Do?
- Change your perspective, stop focussing on the negative
- Be grateful! For all the good things that surround you
- Appreciate! The people around you that make you smile and make you happy,
- spend more time with them
- Spend more time in nature, it helps! – read more…
- Practice meditation, it helps your state of mind and helps you see more clearly
- Start a happiness jar…
Make a jar for your happy thoughts, write down the things that make you happy every day on a little piece of paper every day and put it in the jar. At the end of the month or the year open the jar and go through all the notes. I did it with my kids and it was beautiful, they really enjoyed it, laughing at all the funny things that had happened over the last 12 months.