By Babalola Seyi
7 Ways to Be Happy
7 Ways to Be Happy: Do you need to win the lottery to be happy? Will finding your soul mate make you happier than you have ever been before? Would buying a new car, a new outfit, or a larger home hold the key to everlasting happiness? While most people are aware that money can’t actually buy happiness, they still hold out hope that more money will improve your mood and your life.
It should come as no surprise that you can’t buy satisfaction and happiness. If you could, the wealthiest country in the world, the U.S., would also be the happiest, offering the greatest chance for a satisfying life.
I’m going to share with you seven ways to be happier right now, that don’t have to cost much if anything.
1. Be happy first.
Being happy opens up your learning centers. American philosopher William James says, “The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude.”
The Happiness Advantage author Shawn Achor says, “It’s not necessarily the reality that shapes us but the lens through which your brain views the world that shapes your reality.”
William Shakespeare says, “For there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”
Now, its one thing to say “Be happy, everybody!” and leave it there.
Take some time out of your day to notice the world around you and appreciate the people you’re grateful for. Send your parents a text or write a list of all the good things in your life.
3. Meaningful relationships
For many, “meaningful relationship” means marriage and family. Many unmarried people enjoy happy, meaningful, satisfying lives, though. The fact that they don’t marry doesn’t prevent them from creating meaningful bonds with friends or with communities of like-minded people.
4. Physical well-being
Make sure you take care of your body; practice healthy eating habits, exercise and incorporate physical activities regularly to boost your physical and mental health. Keep moving!
Throughout history, people lived rich and satisfying lives in all kinds of circumstances. Wealth is not a requirement. Meaning-filled connection is. Connecting to other people, to the environment that sustains us, to our communities, to our ethnic and national histories and to transcendence brings us a sense of our place in eternity. Maybe we’re small, but we’re part of something very big, and that gives us a different perspective on change and loss, even on suffering.
6. Punctuating life
Sameness becomes monotonous, without forward momentum. Punctuate your life with occasions and rituals, bringing heightened awareness to certain times, places and activities.
Whether it’s a stranger or a longtime friend, never hesitate to do something kind for someone else. Caring and doing for others helps strengthen relationships and build stronger connections with those around us.
To live a satisfying life, pay attention to the world and the people around you. Connect, relate, work, and serve. Celebrate and engage with people to heighten your awareness. Express gratitude often for the great beauty and joy in each moment that you’re alive.
You know it’s important to be happy first, and these are the seven ways to get there.
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