4 Simple Steps To Achieve Everyday Happiness
Ever find yourself feeling miserable most days because of whatever situation that confronts you at the time? Do you focus on the negative aspects of life more than the positive? Want to change all that?
Well, there are a few things that you can do, which I guarantee will help improve your days. But first, let’s look at what you’ve tried before.
Perhaps you’re an overthinker like me and so you’ve tried to combat this by speaking with someone. You know, letting it all out to your counselor who will help you find perspective.
But we all know how that usually goes. At the time you’re speaking with your therapist, things seem very clear to you. The therapist may even give you an assignment for the next time you meet, and things would go smoothly… for a while.
However, being the humans we are, we tend to forget fast or get bored easily. So after a few sessions with our therapist, we may revert to the same old pessimistic ways, especially in our quiet moments when there’s no one there to stop us.
It takes a lot of effort to stay on course and remain positive in spite of all life throws our way. More so at a time like this when COVID-19 is on a lockdown and physical distancing rampage. Now more than ever we have time to ourselves and are confronted by the many demons we’ve tried to avoid when the world was normal.
Well, what I’ve found has worked for me is occupying my time reading. And not just any old book I find, but I read books that motivate me. So far, it has helped me a great deal. I am excited to face each new day knowing that I will enjoy it no matter what comes my way.
One particular motivational book that I’ve been reading has helped me to have a more positive outlook on life. The daily inspirations found there all encompass four key things that are needed to live a happy life every day. Let me share:
- Gratitude — Having gratitude, I’ve found, is both the source of my happiness and the foundation for realizing my dreams. With gratitude, I have no room left for negativity or self-doubt.
- Generosity — I’ve found that being kind to others opens a window of pure satisfaction and joy that I never knew existed in me. It brings me joy to be able to witness the look of relief on the face of someone who was in need of something material, a word of encouragement, or even a hug, knowing that I had played a part in making it possible!
- Trusting God — This has been something really big for me. In the past I would spend my time stewing over my silly mistakes and worrying over my future while missing out on the blessings I had before me in the present. I’ve learned that trusting in a higher power to take care of the things out of my control leaves room for me to savor the blessings of the present. And so, I’ve come to a place of trusting God.
- Focusing on the positives — Now this was difficult for me, being the overthinker that I am, but gradually I learned to control my thoughts. Before, I would look at the fact that someone rejected me and dwell on it for most of my day, instead of focusing on the many kind acts I would’ve experienced at the hands of those who mattered most. Now, I’ve learned to put trivial things behind me and basically just focus on the fact that I’m alive and in great health!
In essence, reading the incredible message of hope, healing, and fulfillment in this book has helped me discover my own personal happiness through selflessness and positive intent.
I have no doubt that counseling may work for you while reading a motivational piece would work for someone else or any other form of self-improvement that’s available. To each his own, right?
But how will you know for certain if you don’t give reading a try?