Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present – Jim Rohn
One of the biggest mistakes that people make is postponing happiness. Being happy is something that you can decide right here, right now, this instant.
It really is a choice and a decision that you can make. Life really is too short to live any other way.
Below are 7 keys to happiness that will help to make this life changing decision easier for you:
1. Be Content
Too many are wrapped up with what they don’t have.Instead, it is better to focus on what you do have and can be thankful for.
For example, someone will think that once they get their dream home they will be happy. Or perhaps when they get married then they will be truly happy.
Accomplishments provide only temporary happiness and can be somewhat like a drug. Learn to be content and count your blessings. You will be amazed at what you discover!
2. Focus On Self Improvement
It is not difficult to see that the world today is filled with negativity. Therefore it is vital that you fill your mind with positive messages.
In my own personal experience I have found that information relating to self help has really changed my life for the better. All it takes is a few minutes a day.
It could be when you drive to work, when you are exercising or even when you are falling asleep. Good material will give you a feeling of peace, joy and hope.
3. Follow Your Dreams
Nothing can make you more unhappy than doing something that you don’t really like. Of course, we must strike a balance between reality and fantasy so it is up to you to decide what you can and cannot tolerate.
It could be your job, where you are living, or perhaps even a relationship. If you don’t like something, change it!
Doing so will help to make you a lot more happy and you will be that much closer to discovering your purpose in life.
4. Love The Journey
While it is important to have goals you shouldn’t wait until you achieve them to be happy. Learn to stop and smell the roses. In other words, love the journey!
No matter where we are in life there is always something that we have yet to achieve. That is what keeps us not only busy but growing too.
Instead of being frustrated, anxious and impatient just learn to chill and relax. Being uptight will not get you any closer to getting what you want.
5. Don’t Take Yourself Too Seriously
Sometimes it is easy to worry too much about what other people think of you. Most of the time we are just being paranoid and wasting energy on the wrong things.
While we might think we are the center of everyone’s universe that is simply not the truth. They have their own issues to deal with.
Don’t be afraid to be yourself. You will be much happier that way!
6. Stop Worrying
On a similar note it really pays to stop worrying unnecessarily and let the chips fall where they may. Although it does take a lot of practice you shouldn’t really worry about what you can’t change.
Excessive worrying is not only bad for your health, it can potentially destroy your chance at lasting happiness. The funny thing is, most
things we worry about never actually happen!
Just learn to go with the flow and simply enjoy life. When you catch yourself worrying excessively, think about something positive.
7. Do The Best That You Can
Sometimes we can rob ourselves of happiness if we consciously know we are selling ourselves short. If you do the best that you can and live up to your full potential you will feel a lot more fulfilled and satisfied with yourself.
Doing the best you can will create inner peace and joy knowing you gave it your all. It will help you to live life to the fullest.
Putting these 7 keys into practice will help create lasting happiness in your life. Remember, happiness is a choice you can make right now!
About the author: Randy McLean is the sole creator of Self Improvement Journey. He has a passion for health and fitness, self improvement and entrepreneurship. His hobbies include his wife, music, books, surfing the internet, watching movies and playing video games. Machine operator by day and entrepreneur by night, Randy is quietly building his part-time fortune in order to escape the rat race and live life on his own terms. You can read more positive, uplifting posts at: http://www.SelfImprovementJourney.com