How do you define happiness? For many people happiness is having a good job, a stable relationship, money in the bank, or time to do what they love most. The problem with all of these is that they’re pretty short term, or at least have the possibility to be.
What would happen to your definition of happiness if any one of these things was lost to you? What would you do if your happiness to a huge hit. Would you wallow in self-despair and sink into depression, or would you take responsibility for your happiness and look for ways to get it back?
If we can agree that happiness is more than just a physical result of something, and that it’s mostly a state of mind, then here are five ways you can take responsibility for your own happiness.
Follow your heart
Sometimes, you come across very discouraging situations. However, bear in mind that life has a turning point and things can always work out positively in the end. Therefore, the best thing to do is to listen to your inner voice. The more you learn to trust yourself, the happier you’ll be.
Live in abundance
A great attitude can go a long way in ensuring your happiness level remains high. Even though scarcity exists, you should always remember that you’re blessed with an abundant life and have so much to be thankful for. Even though you may not have all the riches, prestige, or power in the world, you’ll always find yourself compassionate about other people. This builds happiness within you.
Live with integrity
When living our lives, we tend to cling to the pursuit of money, wealth, and power in order to mask our insecurities. What happens is that such things put us in situations where we compromise our integrity in order to get them.
When you compromise, you’ll begin to have sleepless nights simply because of the uneasiness that you’re feeling. This leads to frustrations. So, never compromise on your integrity!
Pick your battles wisely
The world is full of so many things that can wreak havoc on our emotional wellbeing. Sometimes, a co-worker gets on your nerves. Other times, you just feel like resigning from being a mom and wife when the going gets tough.
Understand that you’ll achieve happiness when you accept people the way they are and learn to pick your battles wisely. Allow people to be who they are and try not to force-change situations that cannot be changed. You’ll end up a happier person.
Be accepting of yourself and others
No one is perfect – and this includes you. Every one of us has our strengths and weaknesses, and so before you judge others, take a hard look at yourself first. When you rejoice in the fact that the world is made up of all sorts of people with different personalities and experiences to share, you’ll find yourself happier in the long run.
At the end of the day, your happiness is never dependent on anyone or situation. It’s simply a state of mind and the choice to be happy starts with being responsible for our feelings/emotions. And, as the saying goes… most people are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.