By David Joel Miller.
Happy people know and practice these secrets.
Happiness is not an accident. Being happy is not about luck. There are happy people in the humblest of situations and miserable people in mansions. Mostly this is about your attitude and developing the skills to keep your life in balance. Below is a list of happy life secrets gleaned from a variety of sources. You can have these as my gift to you. Pick through the list and see which happy life skills would benefit you and then adopt those principles today. Most of these are skills. To be effective you can’t just do it once. Being happy is a something you should be practicing every day.
Happy is a choice.
You can stay sad, angry or unhappy as long as you want. Being happy is less about what you have and what happens to you, and much more about how you decide you will react to the events of life. Make a choice today that you plan to maximum your happiness. When you look down you see the dirt. When you look up you see the clouds and at night the stars.
You can be miserable if you chose.
Pain, that stuff comes and goes. Some people get way more than their share and others not so much, but the happy person learns that the pain is out of their control but the suffering is voluntary. You can make the worst of the situation or you can look for the gem stones that come mixed in the gravel of life.
Happy people study to become happiness experts.
An expert can see things other people miss. A finish carpenter will spot a flaw in construction as soon as they enter the room. Others will never notice that flaw. The happiness expert studies happiness, they can recognize it far off and they are practiced at scooping up and holding on to those little dose of happiness that run by each day.
Look for happiness every day and everywhere.
Happiness is a shy creature. It is often hiding, mixed in with the activities of everyday life. Make it your task to spot those fleeting glimpses of happiness. Collect those happiness sightings the way a bird watcher collects records of having seen a rare bird.
This is a real life, some days are happier than others.
Some days are inherently happier than others. When there are less happy days make sure to remind yourself that there will be more happy days to come. Stay open to the possibility that tomorrow something good might happen to you.
Life isn’t always the way you want it. You chose your attitude.
Be careful to not get hung up on the things that you don’t have, or the things that don’t go the way you want them to. There will be times in life when things don’t go your way. You may not get to choose the events but you do get to choose the attitude you take towards them.
When you are in a hole, stop digging.
When you find that the things you are doing are making your life worse stop doing those things. Most of us have a hard time letting go of things that are not adding to our happiness. Bad habits, drugs and alcohol, gambling, don’t make you happy. Don’t spend a lot of time on people who are negative and drag you down. Dispose of the things in your life that are holding you back and treasurer the things that make you happy.
Perfectionism it is the enemy of happiness. Chasing being perfect is a great mirage. Trying to be perfect leaves you unsatisfied with whenever and wherever you are. Be kind and accept yourself just the way you are. A focus on your flaws robs you of the joy of the things that you do well.
Go on a low stress diet. – Stress is about attitude.
Life can be stressful. Both the good things and the bad things can make you feel stressed. Learn to not stress yourself out over things. Accept what is. Resolve not to stress yourself out over things which are outside your control.
Keep your life in balance.
A happy life needs to stay in balance. You need time for family, for friends, for work and most importantly for you. Take care of your body, your mental health and your relationships. You need some money for basic necessities but you also need to occasionally spend a little on yourself and enjoyment.
Laugh and learn every day.
To be happy you need to practice every day. Don’t take yourself so seriously. Learn to joke and have fun. Learn something new every day. Make life a great adventure not a drudgery.
Happy people take risks.
You need to take some chances, stick your neck out and see what might happen. Sometimes to find happiness you have to run the risk of enduring some pain. The turtle who keeps his head in the shell never gets anywhere. You will never know the things you might be great at and that might bring you great joy until you have tried them at least once.
Tackle the hard stuff first.
As long as there’s something hard or unpleasant waiting for you it’s hard to enjoy your day. Tackle that difficult project first thing the rest of the day gets easier. Start your day by dealing with something difficult or unpleasant and you will enjoy everything after.
Let it go. Don’t hold onto the bad stuff, grudges and arguments.
Your negative emotions will poison you. Anger, fear, or resentments can sicken your life. Let go of all the things that you may be holding against someone else and you will lighten your load and reduce your baggage.
Share your happiness, there is plenty to go around. Encourage others.
The more you share happiness the more there is. Smiling at others will make you feel happy. No matter how much happiness you give away you will always have some left. People who are stingy with their happiness find they run out quickly. Be careful not to equate sharing happiness was spending money or doing work for other people. You can use money to create things which make people happy but more money does not mean that you are able to buy more happiness.
Get honest with yourself.
You may be able to fool other people, but if you want to be happy stop fooling yourself. Tell yourself lies and you will be in the most unhappy relationship possible.
Happy people can accept help.
Doing for others can make you feel happy. Don’t cheat others out of the opportunities to feel happy by helping you. Happiness is one of those things that the more you give it away the more you have. There’s nothing wrong with allowing other people to help you. Learn to accept help graciously with a thank you.
To enlarge your happiness, develop a love of life and a joy of living.
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