Our passions, expectations, life experiences, and even our personalities all
contribute to the level of happiness we experience in our lives. Some find
happiness in their careers while others find ways to be happy in their marriages
or other relationships
No matter how you define happiness for yourself, there are certain universal and
time-proven strategies to bring, and sustain, more happiness into your life. The
following one dozen timeless ways to be happy can be adapted and even customized
to fit your needs. Over time, these strategies will become positiveand
life-changing habits that will begin to bring more happiness, joy and peace into
Notice What's Right
Some of us see the glass as being half-full and others see the glass as
half-empty. The next time you are caught in traffic, begin thinking how nice it
is to have a few moments to reflect on the day, focus on a problem you have been
trying to solve, or brainstorm on your next big idea. The next time you get in
the slow line at the grocery store, take the opportunity to pick up a tabloid
magazine and do some œguilty pleasure� reading. Take all that life throws out
you and reframe it with what's right about the situation. At the end of the day,
you will more content, at peace and happy. Take the time to begin to notice
what's right and see theworld change in front of your eyes.
How many times do you say the words œthank you,� in a day? How many times do
you hear these same words? If you are doingthe first thing, saying the œthank
yous,� the latter will naturally happen. Learn to be grateful and you will be
open to receive an abundance of joy and happiness.
Remember the Kid You Were
Do you remember how to play? I'm not referring to playing a round of golf or a
set of tennis. I'm talking about playing like you did when you were a child a
game of tag; leap frog, or street baseball when thebat is a broken broom handle
and the bases are the parked cars. One way to find or maintain your happiness is
to remember the kid you were and play!
There is no question that by merely watching acts of kindness creates a
significant elevation in our moods and increases the desire for us to perform
good deeds as well. Kindness is indeed contagious and when we make a commitment
to be kind to ourselves and to others we can experience new heights of joy,
happiness and enthusiasm for our lives.
Spend Time with Your Friends
Although an abundant social and romantic life does not itself guarantee joy, it
does have a huge impact on our happiness. Learn to spend time with your friends
and make the friendships a priority in your life.
Savor Every Moment
To be in the moment is to live in the moment. Too often we are thinking ahead or
looking ahead to the next event or circumstance in our lives, not appreciating
the œhere and now.� When we savor every moment, we are savoring the happiness
in our lives.
There are times when we need the time to unwind, decompress, or to put it
simply, just œto chill.
Life comes at all of us hard and fast. Time, as do the days on the calendar,
keeps going forward at its own natural pace, which is not always the pace we
would choose. Fatigue, stress and exhaustion may begin to settle in on us faster
than we may think, or notice. The best remedy for this is indeed rest.
The expression a œrunner's high� does not infer an addiction, but a feeling
or a state of mind - a state of euphoria. There is no question exercise, or any
physical exertion, elevates your mood and enhances a more positive attitude as
well as fosters better personal self-esteem and confidence. Indeed, one way to
increase your happiness is to move!
Put on a Happy Face
Sometimes we have tofake it until we make it. I'm not suggesting that we not be
honest, real or authentic, but I'm suggesting, sometimes, we just need to put on
a happy face and keep moving forward. Researchers claim that smiling and looking
like we are happy will indeed make us happier. Studies further show that if we
act like we are happy then we can experience greater joy and happiness in our
Pursue Your Goals
The absence of goals in our lives, or more specifically avoiding to pursue our
goals, makes us feel like we are stuck and ineffective. The pursuit of goals in
our personal lives, in our relationships, or with our careers, is the difference
between having a mediocre life or a life full of passion and enthusiasm. Pursue
your goals and watch your happiness soar.
Finding Your Calling
Some find meaning in religion or spirituality while others find purpose in their
work or relationships. Finding your calling may be much more than accomplishing
one simple strategy for increasing your happiness, but having a sense of purpose
of feeling like you are here for a reason can perhaps bring the greatest joy of
Get into the Flow
Flow is the form of joy, excitement and happiness that occurs when we are so
absorbed in an activity we love that we can lose ourselves and time seems to
stand still. What creates flow is unique to each one of us. To find and sustain
true happiness in our lives, we must get off the sidelines and get into the
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Play to Your Strengths
One way to achieve flow is by understanding and identifying our strengths and
core values, and then begin to use these every day. Once we aware of our
strengths and we begin to play to your strengths we can better incorporate them
in all aspects of our lives.
Don't Overdo It.
Know when to say when. What gives you joy and happiness the first time may not
work the second time. Too much of a good thing may begin not to feel as good if
the thing becomes more of a routine, or an expectation. Set healthy and
reasonable boundaries for yourself and don't overdo it.
Learning to be happy on all the days between.