In their quest for happiness, people tend to focus on the stuff they feel is missing from their lives. They buy too much, or they eat too much, and maybe they believe they feel happy for a minute. But then that passes, they immediately look for the next “thing” that will make them happy, and the cycle repeats. No matter how hard they try, and how much they spend, TRUE HAPPINESS still eludes them.
Actually, happiness is pretty easy to find, and it’s really inexpensive. It just takes making the choice and committing to a few simple steps, and maybe a few personal shifts. However, if you’re bold, and truly willing to commit to those steps, happiness will be yours. Try this:
1. Focus on What’s Right in Your World.
Complaining about what’s wrong in your world is ineffective. The first step to finding happiness is to stop looking for everything that’s wrong with the world around you. Maybe there is plenty to complain about, but if that’s where you focus all of your attention, you’ll never see the good stuff. Look around, engage all your senses, and savor the flavors of the moment.
2. Choose to Live in Love.
Loving the world (and people) around you is another step toward happiness…and it’s easy. Simply accept people for who they are, and choose to see the good in them. Don’t expect it…CHOOSE it…then express it. Tell the person, tend to the weeds, reach out to family and friends, just show how much you care. There is, after all, no one and no thing in your world that is so bad that you cannot find some good, which leads to the third step.
3. Appreciate Everything.
Express your gratitude every day. It helps to keep a gratitude journal and write down at least 3 things you’re grateful for every morning or evening. You’ll be surprised at how much richness already exists in your world. It won’t be long until you’ll have more things to appreciate than you can count.
Becoming happy doesn’t mean you cannot look for ways to better yourself or your surroundings, but it does give you a solid platform from which to launch. Being happy may mean “looking silly” sometimes or changing A LOT of your current habits, but I promise you…it sure beats the alternative.