Do what makes you happy!

Category: Article or Blog Published: Wednesday, 07 March 2018 Written by Sarah PJ White

We all want to be happy, right? Some people spend a small fortune trying to find something they can do or buy to make them happy. Others will spend their whole lives waiting for something to happen that will make them happy.

The sad fact is, people are often delaying being happy, because they don’t have that magic ‘something’ that will warrant them being happy! Their happiness plan consists of ‘When I get/have this, I’ll THEN be able to be happy’ or ‘I’ll be happy when…’

I’ll let you in on a secret. It’s the first step to being happy. And it’s the one secret that will save you a lot of time, money, frustration and effort…

Happiness is a conscious decision. You decide to be happy and you will be happy.

Sounds so simple, doesn’t it? But it’s true! You can be happy now, no matter how your life has panned out so far and no matter what you have (or don’t have) in your life.

The problem is, so many of us have made happiness a condition of something. We tell ourselves not to feel happy, unless those conditions are met – and we tell ourselves we CAN’T be happy until that happens.

Your mind is a powerful tool and, used well, it can help you overcome any obstacle, feel whatever you want and associate any emotion with any experience – including happiness.

The second secret to being happy is to smile. Have you tried smiling, even if it’s just a fake one to start with? The very act of smiling instantly upturns your mood. You start to feel lighter, brighter and happier. Look to smile more – at everyone and no one – just smile for the sheer pleasure of smiling.

A smile is contagious. Smile and the world will smile with you – ok, maybe not the whole world, but those in your world will start to smile with you, meaning they’ll soon be feeling happier too.

The third secret to being happy is to do what makes you happy! Because we make a mental list of what we need in place before we can be happy, we often don’t take the time to notice the little things in our lives that do make us happy. It could be playing music or listening to music, dancing or sitting still, baking or reading, surrounding ourselves with friends or being alone – it doesn’t matter; there is no right or wrong here. The important thing is that you know what makes you happy, as only then, can you make a decision to do more of it.

So make yourself a list of things that make you happy. Go ahead and write them down – and then make a decision to do more of them. Schedule in regular time slots to do at least one thing from this list and you’ll start feeling happier, faster.

 

Don't forget Laughter Yoga can also help!

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