We all go through life striving to live our best life. We plan the next meeting, make the right investments, enroll in a university program with the idea that happiness lies at the end of achieving these milestones. While lining up your goals and understanding your passions is part of the process of achieving happiness, that’s not all of it.
Many of us just pass by through life never once stopping to think about what happiness actually is and what it means for us.
If you’re feeling a little out of place, there’s no need to worry. Happiness is not a constant state of mind and we won’t feel like we are living our best life every day either. It is something we have to work toward every single day—consciously and intentionally.
Living in the Moment
Being happy is not something that you get at the end of a milestone in life. In fact, it is a state of mind that comes and goes according to our circumstances. Whether or not we choose to be happy is a whole different ballgame. Happiness peeks through the little moments in life—ones we may ignore for their value. This is because many of us don’t live in the moment and stay constantly preoccupied with the past or the future.
Bring yourself back to the present moment if you ever catch yourself fleeing from it. Pay attention to your surroundings. Is that a beautiful flower you see growing next to the sidewalk? Perhaps a little kid playing with a dog. Happiness can be present anywhere if you train yourself to notice. If you can be present and appreciate the small moments in life you will be a lot happier.
Be Your Authentic Self
Many of us tend to mold ourselves according to what others would like to perceive about us or according to what we think they want to see us as. More often than not that leads us to suppress what we truly believe in and how we think about and process things in order to see the world in what seems like the most acceptable spectrum.
Start being authentic to yourself. So what if you don’t like coffee? So what if you like to wear bright colors all the time? If you’re not hurting anyone, there’s no need to shy and hide away! Be authentic to yourself, and you’ll start feeling a lot happier and satisfied with your life!
Explore New Things
One of the greatest gifts of life is our ability to evolve and adapt as humans. When we discover something new, we automatically give ourselves room to grow intellectually, perhaps even physically. The stimulation caused by our brains because our new discovery can do wonders for channeling the healthy habits that can make us happy and doing away with the unhelpful ones.
Travel, take a pottery class or try a new form of workout—all of these can contribute to feeling happier and more purpose-driven in life! Open yourself up to new experiences and allow yourself to discover joy in all its forms.
The path to happiness is not an easy one, but you can always try to practice a healthy and proactive lifestyle that helps you to discover it at your own pace.
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