Some people tend to expect happiness to be served to them in a silver platter. The others tend to look for it in large quantities that they fail to appreciate the simple things they have.
To be happy, however, does not take much effort. It should not be too complicated and we should not expect it to come from anyone because one can simply create his own happiness if he or she only finds a way.
There are actually so many easy ways we can do to make ourselves happy. The steps need not be large and loud but they can be simple and they all boil down to one’s attitude.
Know how to see the positive side in every situation, even it’s not going your way. Being able to accept failure as an opportunity to grow and learn is the best attitude you can develop to succeed in all you do and achieve true happiness. There are lots of opportunities awaiting people regardless of the situation they’re in. What matters is you recognize them and take advantage of them.
Whatever you have, learn to appreciate it. It’s a fact that sometimes, people are not contented with the things they have that they desire more and when they don’t get it, they get disappointed.
To avoid this feeling, it’s about time that one practice being grateful for the goodness in their life. Even if you’re going through tough times, it’s still best to not whine and complain but rather just accept everything and move forward. It’s when you are grateful that you’ll learn to slowly content yourself with the simple things in life.
Kindness can go a long way. It does not only benefit yourself as the giver but the person who receives your kindness as well. In fact, even the people just watching your act of kindness are also affected in a positive way.
Did you know that being kind releases serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is a hormone released from the pineal gland and which has health benefits. It helps improve one’s mood and makes one feel good inside.
Forgiving people who have wronged you releases the emotional stress you feel. Instead of harboring a grudge which only produces negative emotions in you, it’s best to learn to pardon those who may have hurt you in small or big ways.
Rather than looking for happiness in big ways, why not appreciate the little joys you experience in life. Know that it’s only when you savor these simple joys will you be able to achieve a deeper sense of happiness. Many people agree that these minor joys actually provide a more rewarding feeling.
Caring does not only involve other people because in truth, one also needs to care for himself or herself. As a human being, we need to care for our body because it is not in good shape, we will not have the energy (physical, emotional and mental) to do things that will help us succeed and make us happy.
Finally, never ignore the spiritual aspect. Life is not complete without nurturing one’s spirituality. It doesn’t matter what religion you follow as long as you recognize that there is a divine being larger than us. If we respect and trust the one that created everything here on earth, we will surely be guided in what we do in life.
Originally posted on October 3, 2013 @ 1:05 pm