5 Ways to be Happier today and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! It’s so good to start a “fresh chapter” We have now 361 days to write a life story the way we want! What are your plans for this year?
* “On the road” right now – next post on Jan 25th
We all have so many different traits – some people are very optimistic, some are not, but want to change. For that, we can always read positive words and remember that we are blessed! Feeling more positive isn’t going to happen miraculously, but little by little, let’s follow the 5 steps below! Normally I don’t write this much, but I felt like this today
Happiness is our Choice
Let’s stop blaming others or “past lives karma” for our unhappiness. We can decide to be happy and train our minds for that. It’s a choice. Once we do it, we start a new life. Life is too short to waste energy and thoughts on things that are not relevant – a friend offended you (maybe s/he is an unhappy person)? Your boss was unfair? True, difficult situations to forgive. But we can try.
Starting a journal
I always say, we tend to forget how lucky we are – we have houses, nice food, we read, write, we have a loving family – how great is that? How many people would love to have that? So, for me, this is being rich. Please remember, what means happiness for someone, may not for another. Every day I write down what I learned or what happened on that day, even a silly thing, like watching a nice movie or preparing a nice meal. Express your gratitude for what you have! Everything that makes us content is helpful to be happier with the small things in life.
Being kind, helping someone, not only with money, but words, is really very rewarding. There’s a saying about it: “The one who helps feels the same happiness – or double – as the one who received it”!
Plan small targets
We create our obstacles, too, by expecting things from others. Keep realistic hopes. When you have great expectations – not wrong, of course – you tend to be more critical and frustrated if things don’t happen like you want. Small steps and targets are easier to be fulfilled and that will lift your self-esteem and sense of purpose and fulfillment.
The past is over
Stop living life thinking about the past, unless it is about nice memories (to remember is to live it twice!) or the lessons you learned, thus being wiser. We bring our energy down when we can’t let go of past mistakes and wounds. It doesn’t happen in a second, but allow yourself to focus on what and who is important in your life, otherwise you are not living. You can learn to let go: ask yourself how you would like today to be remembered? How can we make our present better than yesterday?
By focusing on what you are supposedly missing, you lose the good things that are happening in your life. Contentment comes from your inner-self. If you bear a grudge and can’t move forward, then you are allowing your past to destroy your future. So why continue wasting emotions and energy on negative behaviors, habits and thoughts? Happiness is within yourself. You can start practicing these five principles and work on being happier! You will see how your world will change!