Are you -like most people- still waiting for some change in your life before you allow yourself to be happy? Most people are fixed on certain ideas that they believe would make them happy. Unfortunately, these very ideas are blocks that prevent them from experiencing a happy life.
Generally speaking, even when some of these things actually happen, they’re rarely satisfied with the outcome! Instead, they shift their focus into something different, better, bigger, or whatever, and go back to the same old grind, never allowing themselves to be content with what they got.
Are you still waiting for something to happen, so you can be happy yourself? Beware of this “merry-go-round”! It can become a vicious cycle that never allows you to feel truly happy!
The good news is that you can be happy NOW – even if things in your life are not the way you want them, yet. The 3 principles below will help you be happy now, regardless of circumstances!
1) Be Grateful
I’ve said it a million times but it’s worth mentioning again. Gratitude is one of the most powerful mindsets you can adopt, because it makes you feel good instantly as you shift your focus from ‘lack of‘ to ‘plenty of‘. Even if the ‘plenty of‘ is not of material substance, the feeling of abundance creates the same emotion.
For instance, if you have a partner, children or a pet that loves you unconditionally, feel grateful for the love that you receive and feel its abundance. When you focus on these kinds of blessings, you worry less about the thing that is lacking at this moment and you allow yourself to be happy now. The more you feel grateful for what you do have, the more frequent the sense of happiness you experience. Moment by moment, you’ll soon discover that you are living in a happy state, regardless of what’s going on in your life!
2) Take Time for Yourself
When you spend most of your time feeling overwhelmed and thinking about ‘the thing‘ that you must have in order to be happy, your mindset is constantly focused on how to get ‘this thing‘, and as a result, you get anxious and stressed. Living in this state will prevent you from feeling happy and content, even if you have a great idea to get the very thing that you want .
In order to be truly happy, you MUST take time for yourself; time to relax, daydream, and take pleasure in life’s little things. Beginning today, take time to just BE and do things that you love that don’t require investments of money, but of time. For instance, if you enjoy birds, go for a walk and listen to the birds singing on trees. If you enjoy riding a bike, go out for a ride with a friend, perhaps. If you have kids, turn the TV off and take some time to play with them. Also, read books that stimulate your imagination; listen to your favorite music; indulge yourself by taking a warm bubble-bath, etc. In short, make an effort to enjoy your life as it is today… right now, and moment by moment. This is how you can be happy now!
3) Love Your Journey
Avoid pinning all of your expectations on some far-off result, like the completion of a certain goal. This is a mistake because -as soon you’ll realize- once you “get there” everything will NOT be perfect and as such, you will keep on chasing happiness… indefinitely. Don’t fall for this trap! There is so much to enjoy and gain from enjoying the journey TO your destination! Make it your mission to celebrate every moment of your journey as you get closer to your higher goals. Enjoy the sense of improvement, self-mastery, and self growth that you are gaining along the way. Make it a worthwhile journey and you’ll get to enjoy the end result that much more!
Follow these principles and you will be living in a happy state most of the time, even before you achieve your goals or get the thing that you desire.
Lastly, there is one secret about happiness that you must realize… Happiness is fundamentally a CHOICE that you get to make from moment to moment. Now, I’m not saying that you can live happy every single moment of every single day for the rest of your life. That would be non-sense. Truth is, certain serious situations can make it difficult to feel happy, and these situations come and go throughout our life… life is a roller-coaster, don’t they say? However, more often than not, we allow the little things to interfere with our happiness. This is the focus of this article… for you to realize that most of the time, you are in charge of your feelings and therefore, of your own happiness. Just know that you can be happy now!
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