We may all have different abilities, interests and lifestyles, goals, values, beliefs, and expectations, but there’s one thing that we all have in common: we want to be happy.
How happy are you right now? How happy are you with your life in general, as a whole? Would you like to be happier? How much happier? Of course, it’s not possible to measure happiness; there’s no point system or way to measure the happiness flowing through your bloodstream. But we don’t need to be able to measure happiness to know whether we’re happy or not. And it seems that so many of us aren’t.
Levels of anxiety, stress, loneliness and depression appear to have escalated in recent years. The mental health charity Mind reports that, in England, one in six people report experiencing a common mental health problem (such as anxiety or depression) in any given week. A survey of 2330 people in the UK carried out in 2019 by YouGov for The Mental Health Foundation revealed that almost one in five people feel anxious ‘nearly all of the time’ or ‘a lot of the time’.
It’s easy to feel bad about ourselves for not being happy. And that just makes us feel worse. How come life is so rosy for other people? Maybe you think happiness is a matter of luck. It’s not. Happiness is not a matter of coincidence or good luck.
Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be. – Abraham Lincoln
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What is Happiness?
Happiness is a matter of living a blameless life or being in the right place at the right time. Happiness isn’t given to you, you can’t expect someone else to make you happy, you can’t wait for the stars to align before you can be happy, and you can’t just ‘be happy.
Quite simply, happiness is a matter of following your human instinct to find purpose and meaning, managing the challenges that come with finding purpose and meaning, and enjoying the small pleasures in life. The article mentioned below on Happiness – will show you how to do that.
You will learn that happiness doesn’t happen by chance – it’s a result of the thought, time, and effort you put into pursuing and maintaining happiness. Happiness comes from identifying what’s important in your life – in the different areas of your life: your work, your relationships, your hobbies and interests, your health, and so on – and having aims and purpose in those areas.
Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present. – Jim Rohn
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Why Be Happy?
Finally, just in case you need some encouragement to make the effort to pursue happiness, you might find it helpful to know what some of the benefits of happiness are. When you’re living a happy life, you:
- feel engaged with the world around you,
- have aims and goals that you can work towards and achieve,
- have good levels of confidence and positive self-esteem,
- build and maintain good relationships with others,
- more easily cope with the stresses of daily life,
- are more positive, more solution-focused,
- manage better during challenging times in your life,
- help those around you to be happy.
With the below-mentioned article on Happiness – you will learn how to make happiness a habit. You will discover how to live a good life; a life that, despite its inevitable ups and downs, is both meaningful and pleasurable.
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