We are the most comfortable generation in the history of humanity and yet we are not it’s happiest one! In fact, all the comforts and advancement in our history was because of some level of unhappiness faced by our ancestors.
Yet, here we are, in the middle of all the comfort constantly living in fear and anxiety-more worried about what could have been or might be, rather than enjoying what is.
There is nobody in this world that has not been happy or doesn’t know how that feels. Somewhere along the way, we just decided to give in to the rigors of life and die a slow death rather than live an exuberant life.
Our happiness is our responsibility, just like a million other things that we are responsible for, which is probably why so many of us are not trying! We are responsible for our careers, for our health, for our sleep, for our relationships and on top of all that, now we have to figure out what makes us happy! It is just easier to blame someone else for this
Happiness is not a complex emotion! Here is how you can get back in touch with that emotion again.
Recognize that you are in control of your happiness.
The first step is to recognize that you are the one in control of your happiness. Your entire happiness lies within you. The more you learn to tap into it internally rather than depending on others to bring that out, the easier it will be for you to be happy.
Repeat with me:
I have at all times, within me, all the happiness that I need and I am solely responsible for my happiness.
Without this realization, it will be hard to keep up with your efforts. A lot of people commit suicide every year. Most of them do so because they forget that happiness is a choice and they can choose that over suicide. Easier said than done, I know.
Do what makes you happy
The simplest and easiest way to feel joyful again is to start doing things that make you happy. Humans have a tendency to make simple things complex. This is one of those such things!
Doing things that ignite joy puts us in a positive state of mind, enabling us to tackle the rest of our business. I have seen the results of this personally myself.
Stop worrying about what others think
As most of us grow up, we worry more about what others think and start behaving according to that rather than live according to what makes us happy. The quality of your life is determined by your thoughts and not by what others think but we tend to forget that don’t we?
When it comes to what others think, throw caution to the wind!
When you complain, you are doing two things at once — one you are acting like a victim and two, you are wasting more time stuck in the past. I am not denying the fact that someone or something unfair happened to you but how you react to it is under your control.
Don’t let what happened in the past ruin the present moment. Play it back, make a note of the lessons that were there to learn and move on. Complaining about it only ensures that you live that moment again and again while filling you up with anger!
Instead of complaining, do something about it if you can — give feedback or suggestions. Anything you DO is better than sitting and complaining.
Complaining about the past is barely going to change anything but changing the present by doing something small in the future might radically change the future.
Happiness Is Not Rocket Science
Happiness or rather the lack of it makes the world go round. It is one of the most sought-after emotions in our life. A lot of the things we pursue are pursued with the ultimate goal of it leading us closer to happiness.
Happiness might be subjective but it sure isn’t rocket science. We make things complex when they don’t need to be. The options I have mentioned above are not complex. They are the simplest of things that you can do on a daily basis to increase your joy quotient.
Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you happy and do it. The world needs more people!