I am engrossed in the way people live their lives. We as humans make choices every day, some of which seem completely unrelated to our happiness.
“Being happy doesn’t always mean that everything is perfect. It means you have decided to look beyond the imperfection” – Unknown.
My life doesn’t always look the way I want it to. I could spend days writing a blog post that no one will be interested in when I could be surfing the internet to find out what others want to discover – when I write for others this gives me happiness that I am fulfilling other people’s needs.
“Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for everything that it is” – Mandy Hale.
The way we feel about ourselves and how much we can open up to new people and experiences, how often we choose to smile because it feels good – none of these could depend on real life situations.
Below are some tips to consider that will help you have more choice regardless of your life situation:
Every day is a new opportunity – I used to be obsessed with being perfect with the work I produce. I now look at things I do as opportunities to get better from one day to another. It is more satisfying to set and meet attainable goals, like focussing better rather than obsessing about perfection. By focussing on small improvements, you will naturally move yourself towards larger dreams.
Enjoy the present moment – If you wait for tomorrow for happiness, you will be waiting a long time – go out and enjoy what you have now. Measure the good things in life, look around you – what’s in front of you that you can enjoy?
Be who you want to be right now – You may think your life needs to change dramatically to become the person you want to be. Create adventures in your day by trying new things and introducing yourself to new people. Ask yourself, “How can I be that person I want to be now?”
Happiness is about how you interpret what is in front of you. How proud you are of the way you live your life. How willing you are to enjoy the simple pleasures, even if everything isn’t perfect.
Be generous with your compassion; see the best in other people.
“90% of your long-term happiness is predicted not by the external world, but by how your brain processes the world. If we change it, if we change our formula for happiness and success we can change the way we affect reality.”