In our busy working lives, we aim to make a lot of money to buy things for our happiness, but it often turns out that we are miserable in the process. When we are happy, people are more attracted to you and can make other people happy. Research has shown that there are numerous health benefits of being happy, so at the very least, strive to achieve happiness for your health’s sake. Consider these guidelines of happiness as seriously as your job- you might even find that your happiness leads you to perform better.
- Define success in your own words.
For some people, success means having the best job possible and making a lot of money. For others, success means raising a good family. Social media especially exacerbates this feeling of conformity—that we are only successful in the ways that Facebook or Instagram showcases success. But only you have the ability to define yourself and your happiness, so you alone must be the one to find what success means to you.
- Worry less.
So many things are out of your control. One you learn to stop stressing out about life, most especially what people think of you, you can be happy. A key to happiness is understanding that you cannot make everyone happy in each decision that you make, and it is not your fault. Worry less about life and what people think, and focus on yourself.
- Set reasonable goals.
Maybe the goal of life is to make a lot of money and have a perfect family, but those goals are not achieved without the smaller steps. You’ll find that the happiest people have short-term goals as well as long-term goals, and they don’t accomplish these goals at the risk of their health and mind. Balance your happiness with your drive to do better.
- Give and give more.
Don’t forget about the people less fortunate than you or about yourself. You may find that giving yourself or donating makes you happier than if you had spent your time or money elsewhere. Give yourself time to read a good book. Give yourself the opportunity to serve in a community that benefits from your labor. Your happiness is sure to grow stronger.
- Live in the moment.
Focus on your current accomplishments and the change you can make right now. Dwelling in the past will lead to an unhappy lifestyle because you cannot change what has already happened. Mistakes are OK! A happier person understands how the mistake will benefit them in the future and does not dwell. Living in the moment means “right now”, and you will be happier for it.