“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” –Abraham Lincoln.
Everyone wants to be happy, but so many of us work hard daily, we struggle to survive, we struggle to pay our bills. We do what we’re suppose to do to live a reasonably “good” life.
Yet you might not be happy.
You’re not alone.
I’ve been there. Other people have been there too.
Some of us are so unhappy that we try to make everyone around us unhappy.
Yet we fail to realize that happiness is a choice.
Happiness is a choice; you can choose to be sad when things are going well for you and you can choose to be happy even when your world seems to be falling apart.
If you’ve asked yourself how to become a happier person, this is a sign that you are on the right path. Happiness is not something that happens to us by chance. Happiness is largely a matter of choice.
Luckily, you have some experts who have been there and done it all. So I posed the question to 7 expert bloggers:
How would you define what happiness means to you?
Here’s what they had to say:
Paige Burkes of SimpleMindfullness.com
“True happiness comes from your core. It isn’t reliant on anything outside of you. Being truly happy comes from a decision and commitment to yourself to be happy, no matter what. In order to be happy, no matter what, you must also choose to accept whatever exists in your life as it is. That doesn’t mean that you may not want to take action to change it. In order to make effective change, you have to accept the person (including yourself), situation or thing simply as it is right now.Being happy from the inside out is knowing that life is good and if it's not good right now, it will be good soon.Click To Tweet
Being happy from the inside out creates a sense of calm and contentment. You know that, no matter what happens, everything will be okay, and you’ll be okay. It’s knowing that life is good. And if it’s not good right now, it will be good again soon.
When I learned to be happy from the inside out, I started to take full responsibility for my life. I stopped blaming. My relationships improved. My health improved. My circumstances improved. My life improved. Every day is a little better. Things that used to send me into a depression now seem like little bumps in the road.
Happiness has helped to make my life whole”.
Vincent Nguyen of selfstairway.com
“True happiness to me is simply being content with your daily routines, your relationships, and what you’re doing with your life. Once you have those in order, it’s difficult to not be happy”.
Stephen Guise of deepexistence.com
“I define happiness as liking what you currently have. If you can do that and fend off the “I just need ___ to be happy” thoughts, you’ll be happy. Being happy is simple, but you have to be mindful of how to do it and make that choice”.
Alexander Kjerulf of positivesharing.com
“True happiness lies in doing great things that truly matter together with awesome people”.
Also, this is pretty awesome: ”
This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
And also, the only real tragedy in life is the being used by personally minded men for purposes which you recognize to be base.
All the rest is at worst mere misfortune or mortality: this alone is misery, slavery, hell on earth; and the revolt against it is the only force that offers a man’s work to the poor artist, whom our personally minded rich people would so willingly employ as panda, buffoon, beauty monger, sentimentalized and the like.” George bernard shaw.True happiness lies in doing great things that truly matter together with awesome people.Click To Tweet
Dani DiPirro of PositivelyPresent.com
“For me, true happiness is experienced when you’re living your life to your fullest potential. Happiness can be experienced in a variety of situations — during a conversation with a friend, when you’re engrossed in fulfilling work, when you spot something beautiful, etc. — but it’s generally a fleeting feeling. It’s important to take note of it when it happens and try not to take it for granted whenever you experience it. Gratitude goes hand-in-hand with happiness so, if you’re ever feeling a lack of happiness in your life, try thinking of all the things you have to be thankful for!”If you're feeling a lack of happiness in your life, try thinking of all the things you have to be thankful for!Click To Tweet
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