Who doesn’t want to be truly happy and feel like the glass is always half full? It’s natural to envy those that always seem to be smiling, and seem to find the up-side of life no matter how grim things seem, but these steps can help you to be happy, too.
- Forgive people. This might be tough sometimes, but holding a grudge can be downright detrimental to overall happiness. Still struggling? See the past as just that – the past, and move on. You don’t have to forget the wrongs done to you, but you do need to forgive.
- Tell your stories. When we tell others about or victories – and our losses, we can get through more easily knowing that others have been in our shoes. Challenges are easier to overcome when you know that others have gotten through them and you will, too.
- Turn envy into determination. It’s not okay for your happiness to envy people. Sure, some people have exciting things happening, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t make positive things happen too. Don’t envy, instead, decide that you want amazing things for yourself, and put your mind to making it happen. When you turn your jealousy into determination to succeed, you’re taking steps to improve your life.
- Be grateful. When you’re grateful, you’re more likely to be satisfied and happy in your life. Don’t just be grateful for the good things, either. Take the challenges and try to see the bright side of situations, as well. It can help you to find meaning in everything, and that can help you to feel happier overall. Grateful people tend to see the bright side of almost any situation, which can help when dealing with stressful situations.
- Smile more. When you’re happy, your body releases more serotonin, the “feel good” hormone, and that can mean more happiness all around. Plus, when you make sure to smile more, you’ll likely find that people are drawn to you, and that can lead to more interaction and lively conversation.
The bottom line, when it comes to overall happiness, it might take work to become as truly happy as you want to be, but like all things, a sunny disposition can become more of a habit than you previously thought it could be.
Not sure how to start? Keep a journal and write down the things that you are grateful for every single day. Also, take steps to begin forgiving those that you feel have wronged you. They don’t need to know that you forgive them, and you don’t have to spend time with them, but forgiving goes a long way toward easing stress and opening the heart.