Have you realized that life has a unique and often strange sense of humor?  Why else would happiness be the one thing that everyone wants and craves, yet only a few ever grasp in their lifetimes?

 

Another  joke that life plays on all of us is that happiness is often realized by those who stop seeking it out!  While this may seem unreasonable at first, as we explain some of the common beliefs happy people share, it will become  apparent how those who don’t seek happiness are the most likely to find it!

 

 

Consider using these strategies to help bring more happiness into your life:

 

  1. Foster an attitude of appreciation and gratitude.  Is it possible that you take certain aspects of your life for granted? This could include anything from having a car,  a place to live, food to eat and many other aspects of your lifestyle that a majority of the people on this earth could only dream of.
  • For one reason or another, people who are happy, seem to be content and appreciate of what they have.
  • The mindset in which you take nothing for granted will usually require no more than a shift in attitude. You won’t have to change anything about your external circumstances.
  • Remind yourself to be appreciative and make it a point to reflect on everything that you’re thankful for at least once a day. Doing this as you fall asleep each night  helps to brush your cares away as you fall into restful sleep or or when you first wake in the morning to prepare yourself for a great day.

 

  1. Be realistic about accomplishing your goals. Expecting overnight success,  unless you have been fortunate enough to have just won the lottery, is a sure recipe for disappointment. Happy people are realistic and pragmatic when it comes to setting and achieving their goals.
  • They understand exactly how much time and effort may be expected to achieve a goal, and if they ever fall short, they’ll put in the necessary additional work required to reach their goal.
  • People who are always happy are also aware of the fact that, just because they are putting in all of the necessary work to achieve their goal, there is no guarantee that their goal will ever be reached.
  • This may sound discouraging, however, they  are merely aware of the possibility that external factors outside of their control could easily change their outcomes. Being aware of this can help lessen the blow when unanticipated circumstances pop up.

 

  1. Put others first. Achieving happiness can sometimes be the opposite of what you might think. You may be wondering how you can bring yourself closer towards achieving happiness if you put others first.
  • Putting other people first automatically requires you to have a more humble and appreciative outlook on life. In addition, making others happy will always bring more happiness into your own life.

 

Happy people are realistic and pragmatic when it comes to setting and achieving their goals.

 

In Summary…

 

  • Foster an attitude of gratitude
  • Set realistic goals
  • Put others first

 

 

While it may take some time to begin incorporating  the above ideas into your daily living,  you will find  however, that  happiness has always been just around the corner – waiting for you to discover it.

 

Your  Turn…

 

Have you struggled to find happiness in your life?  What ways have you tired and succeeded (or not)  in bringing happiness to you?   Please leave a comment below and share your insights with us.

 

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Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill


Paperback. Pub Date :2007-1-1 Pages: 281 Publisher: Oversea Publishing House Never has happiness as an emotional and physical state of being been so widely discussed Matthieu Ricard is one of the most compelling voices on the subject. and one of. the few who can bring together the teachings of eastern and western thought. In this accessible new work. Ricard provides a straightforward assessment of how to create true and lasting happiness. He addresses the pursuit of a meaningful life at its most fundamental level the strengthening of the inner conditions that lead to genuine happiness. Ricard helps readers form new patterns of interaction with themselves and with the larger world. working toward happiness step by step. starting with 20 minutes of daily mind training and meditation. Ricard has been featured in Time. Self. O Magazine. The New Yorker. The Wall Street Journal. a…
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