Happiness Articles - How To Be Happy In Life

Routine and a thousand daily details occupy the majority of
our time that we often forget to consider whether we are
happy or not.

But what is more important in life than your happiness?
Why are we here if not to find fulfillment and joy in our lives?

In this article on happiness we will seek to discover more ways
of finding happiness in our daily lives.

What is the worth of anything,
But for the happiness it will bring?

- Richard Cambridge

If you take the time to change your life a little at a time, you can
find more happiness and feel more positive about yourself.

Below are 5 ideas on how to be happy in life.

1) How To Be Happy - Focus On The Positive

I smile because I am happy. Because this instant is my instant -
In this eternity of eternities. - Z. Wright
 (tweet quote)

It may sound easy that happiness comes from focusing on positive
thoughts, ideas, and feelings, but it actuality takes a lot of energy and effort.

You have to actively pay attention to what you are thinking about
throughout the day and consciously steer yourself toward positive actions.

Being aware of what you are thinking is imperative if you want to make changes in your life. Start making it a habit to "catch yourself thinking,"
and then use this sudden awareness to guide your thoughts in a more positive direction.

Be Aware Of Your Body Language:

We have thoughts and feelings in our minds and our body language
follows suit. We slump in our chairs or put our heads in our hands when we are down. Becoming aware of what you are thinking and what messages you are sending out to the world will help you to start taking control of them.

We cannot control everything in the world, but the great thing about
making a conscious effort to change the way you think is that it becomes easier over time, and the positive things in your environment start to stand out more and more.

2) Happiness Articles - The Source Of Happiness

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We are always looking to the outside world for confirmation of who we are. But when we look inside we may see someone different. Someone with big dreams and hopes. Someone who can be fun and silly one moment and serious and dedicated the next.

You are not how others see or define you. They may only see one side of you - know you only as a teacher, a neighbor, a manager, or a co-worker.

We all have a tendency to put other people into categories. To define them by the few details of their lives that we have knowledge of. That may be a part of who they are but that is not their whole story, and that is not the whole story of who you are either.

What do you dream about? What lights you up from the inside out? Setting goals. Having hope. Believing in your dreams. This is the source of your happiness.

When you look to yourself for your own happiness, you no longer worry about what others think you should be doing with your life.

No one knows the whole story of who you are except for you. You are more than anyone says you are, and you can be happier than anyone thinks you can.

3) Do Something For Yourself Each Day

One simple but much ignored way to make yourself happier is to do at least one thing for yourself every day. Sounds easy, but think about it. Do you really do this?

Whether it be working on a long neglected hobby or project, taking a class you always wanted to take, or setting in motion a long deferred dream, give yourself an hour each day where you do something for yourself.

An hour? Who has that kind of time?... You do, most likely.


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Go to bed fifteen minutes earlier and get up fifteen minutes earlier. Watch just one television show in the evening instead of two. Catch yourself sitting in front of the computer mindlessly surfing the web or zoning out on the couch, rehashing the day's problems in your mind.

The extra time is there, but you have to be willing to look for it.

If you really can't find an hour, make it a half hour or make it every other day, but make it an essential part of your life.

Do you really have to check your email account again?... Is that television show so riveting and compelling... or are you merely filling time?

More Energy - More Happiness:

Everyone needs time to "decompress" from work or life stress, to give their minds a break; but too often we allow ourselves to continue in a zoned out state for much longer than we need. Our minds and bodies become passive. We dream of doing interesting things, but we can't get off the couch.

Once you start setting aside even a little time each day to do what makes you happy, you will feel yourself changing. You will have more energy; you won't need to mentally decompress more than you should; and you will experience the contentment of finally doing the things you always want to do.

4) Happy People Take Action Now

Happiness is not something ready made.
It comes from your own actions.

- Dalai Lama.

There is no one final destination to happiness. It is a feeling that you create or don't create at any given time.

You can let your life run on and on, not happy with the way things are, or you can summon the energy and initiative to change.

One thing that may be standing in the way of your taking action is guilt. Guilt comes when you are concerned that spending time on yourself takes away time from the important people in your life.

But improving yourself and making yourself happier increases the happiness of those around you.

It's hard not feel happier when someone is radiating happiness around you. Finding your own happiness has a positive effect on everyone in your environment, especially the people you love.

Start on a small scale and build yourself up to bigger changes or challenges. Trying too many new things at once often backfires. If you tell yourself you're going to start running, join a yoga class, and learn French all at once, you're going to be overwhelmed fast.

Sometimes its best to start with something you used to enjoy doing but haven't done in a long time. Then, when you've established the habit of doing more, try something completely foreign to you, something you've always wondered if it was possible you could do.

Not every project you start or activity you attempt will always turn out the way you want. You may hate doing yoga and wonder what all the fuss was about; but at least you tried and are ready to move on to something you do enjoy.

Think about the things you used to enjoy in life, or the things you've always wanted to try, and just start doing them. Who is going to live your life except for you?

5) How To Be Happy In Life - Seek More Opportunities

Happiness is always knocking at your door, you just gotta let it in.

Each day brings with it an opportunity for something new. You get up in the morning and it's like a new start. Even if you are planning an ordinary day - going to work, going to school, going shopping - you get up and you get that feeling for a moment: A new day. A new start.

Thinking of each day as a new opportunity to accomplish something will open up a new perspective on your life. There is always work, commitments, and responsibilities - but in each day you have a chance to look at your life and make small but significant changes.

What will the day bring? With an open mind, you begin to see more possibilities. You begin to ignore limits. Time, or the lack of it, can be the most limiting concept on earth. It can keep us from believing that we can follow our dreams. It can make us falsely think we are stuck with whatever life we have built so far.

When you believe each day is an opportunity, you suddenly start to find more time. Or, more accurately, you make more time. You look for ways to say yes to what is important to you and no to things that aren't.

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