So many different websites try to explain the different categories of life that should help create happiness– work, health, money, family, religion, your purpose, and even relationships. Happiness is a hard word to describe because it looks and feels different for everyone. I am no expert on happiness, but I do know I am happy. So, I am going to share how I created my little piece of happiness and how I have managed to hold onto it.
Happiness is important and it matters. It isn’t a luxury of some sort, it is something we can all experience. Just because you have reached your inner happiness does not mean you won’t face obstacles or sad moments. Living a happy life does not mean we deny any negative emotions or situations. We will still experience emotions like anger or frustration. This does not mean you are any less happy. These kind of responses are due to outside sources. Maybe someone acted negative toward you or a loved one passed away. These kind of moments are saddening but they are just moments; but I do not want to take away from the deep emotions we can experience when someone passes away or something traumatic happens in our life. My point is that achieving happiness can be so much more than just a moment. It is solely our responsibility to bring our happiness to light. Some ways to do this: change your perspective about where you may be and honestly reflect how you feel living your life. Eventually, we will have to start expressing what we want to feel. A good way to do this is to smile, reflect, and stop comparing yourself to other people. Reaching happiness is in your control.
Many of us already know what we need to do to make ourselves happy. We can feel it. It is just a matter of getting there. A few things that I have experienced that have helped are not obsessing about things I cannot control, getting enough sleep (most of the time), exercising, growing my mindset, helping others and clearing any of my clutter. This is what I have found helpful and I am sure many others have as well. Give it a try if you like. Do the things that help bring healthy pleasure and you will find yourself becoming more efficient, optimistic and emotionally intelligent.
When it comes to your emotional intelligence it is about you being in control and disciplining yourself to do what you must to achieve how you want to feel. So often people think success can bring happiness but that is not necessarily true. Happiness can actually be the key to success. When you are happy, there is this connection between you and the outside world. This strength and sense of optimism that no matter what circumstances will come your way, you will keep on believing in yourself and enjoy your journey.
Happiness is contagious. Don’t be afraid to spread it around because you can end up helping someone become closer to feeling what it means to be happy.
You are in control of how you view yourself, so let it beautiful.
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Editor, Samantha McDonald