Change and Be Happy

Change and Be Happy
Sergio De Dios González

Reviewed and approved by the psychologist Sergio De Dios González.

Written by Okairy Zuñiga

Last update: 21 December, 2022

The pursuit of happiness is a human right. But even with all of the freedom we’re allowed, so many people feel trapped in total unhappiness. We see our lives full of overflowing problems that push happiness aside.

Contrary to popular belief, reaching a state of happiness requires constant effort. The changes needed to achieve it are the following:

Stop procrastinating and focus on the present

Planning and preparing are important to reaching your goals, but you shouldn’t spend too much time thinking about what you’re going to do. It’s better to take action and make the necessary moves to get things on the right track. Even the most seemingly complicated job can become simple when you just do it. 

Believe it or not, you’ll begin to feel happy when and stress levels will diminish once you simply get moving on your projects.

Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination: never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
– Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield-

Take care of your body

The brain is amazing, like a living machine. It can live up to different challenges and conditions. Your body is capable of feeling very complex emotions, positive and negative, but you have to take care of them to keep everything working properly.

When you give yourself time to organize the individual aspects of your life, you make the most important change on the path to being happy.

It’s really simple; do a few minute of exercise every day, eat healthily and pay close attention to your mind and feelings.

To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.

Discover what makes you happy

The reason for happiness is particular to each person. It’s influenced by your dreams, goals, abilities and desires. If you’re not sure what makes you happy yet, don’t worry; millions of people are in the same uncertain situation. Take some time for yourself, grab a pen and some paper, and figure out what you need to be happy. Maybe you need to travel, start a family or join a social cause.

Each person is unique in that we all have our own goals, and no two people are the same. When you know what you want, do it!

Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.
-Dalai Lama-

Get rid of what causes you pain

We all tend to surround ourselves with people, situations and things that turn out to be negative. Typically, they don’t allow us to develop ourselves to our maximum potential because we’re too afraid. Whether it be the mortgage we can no longer pay, or the friend that’s only around when he needs something, many things cause us pain.

Instead of spending valuable time and energy on that, go out with friends who bring their positivity with them, get rid of the bad stuff and breathe more freely.

Surround yourself with the right people, and realize your own worth. Honestly, there are enough bad people out there in the world – you don’t need to be your own worst enemy.
-Lucy Hale-


Enjoy the good times

Have you noticed that happy people tend to take time to live? They enjoy every second that life gives them: the drives, the sunsets, the afternoons out with friends or the love of their pets.

One of the keys to being happy is to breathe deeply, focus on what’s in front of you and enjoy it. Those moments will be forever cherished in your mind and will form your best memories.

“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.”
-Omar Khayyam-

Do what you’re passionate about

Give yourself time to develop a habit or a hobby. Besides being happy, you’ll enjoy the following benefits:

  • You’ll have less time to doubt yourself and your capacity
  • You’ll become more confident as you acquire new skills
  • You will feel happy with the results of your efforts
  • You’ll be able to socialize with people that have your same interests
  • Your energy will be more focused and you’ll become less stressed

Be passionate about something! It doesn’t matter what it is. Just live life with passion and a desire to do more.

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style”
-Maya Angelou-

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.