Did you know that happiness is good for your health? Happiness is not a simple goal to set for yourself. Happiness is about making positive progress and continuing to find satisfaction, contentment, a feeling of joy, and a sense that life is meaningful on so many levels.
Here are some positive ways to strive for happiness:
Change your thoughts. Begin to train yourself to be happier by practicing mindfulness, meditation, writing in your journal, smiling more, or listening to positive and upbeat music.
Look for the positive in all your experiences. Actively seek out the positive in any experience by accepting negative experiences and problems as learning opportunities, not giving up on your ideas, and refocusing on the positive that can help you heal from past traumas.
Practice active gratitude. An attitude of gratitude reduces anxiety and depression, helps you become more positive, strengthens your relationships with others, and encourages compassion. Don’t forget to share your gratitude with others as well. A word of thanks can make someone else feel appreciated.
Determine your core values. Your core values determine how you think about yourself, your life, and the world around you. These beliefs guide your decision-making throughout life. Take a little time and reflect on what is most important and meaningful in life.
Visualize your best possible self. Let’s take some time to visualize how the future will look when you’ve achieved your goals and identify the characteristics you need to use (or learn) to get you to where you want to be.
Show yourself self-compassion. Dwelling on negative thoughts or feelings of guilt doesn’t promote improvement in your life, it actually holds you back from growing and learning. Instead, show yourself the same kindness and generosity you should show to a friend.
Heal past traumas. If you find yourself consistently feeling down or upset, you might have some underlying issues from your past holding you back in the present. Trauma from the past or even just painful circumstances such as the death of a loved one can cause mild depression. Seek out professional counseling services, try using self-help books, or just talking to someone about your feelings.
Remember, you’re a unique person who has value and is worthy of love and respect. Accept and embrace your habits, your personality, the way you talk, the way you look, your voice, everything that makes you “you”. Learning to be comfortable with yourself will help you live a happier and productive life on purpose!