To Live a Happier Life, Make These Changes

· April 22, 2016

The pursuit of happiness is a human right. But even with all of the freedom we’re granted, many feel trapped in complete and utter unhappiness. We find that our lives are filled with problems that stand in the way of our happiness. Contrary to popular belief, being happy requires constant effort on our part. Here are some changes you can make that will help you feel happier in your everyday life:

Stop procrastinating and focus on the present 

“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-

Planning and preparing is important in order to reach your goals. But you shouldn’t spend too much time thinking about your next move. It’s better to take action and get things done.

Even the most complex of work turns out to be a simple task once you get on with it. You may not believe it, but you’ll begin to feel happy, as you knock items off your to-do list and your stress diminishes.

 

Take better care of your body

We must maintain a healthy body…it’s the only way to have a strong and clear mind. 
-Buddha-
The human body is amazing, like a working machine. It can stand up to different challenges and conditions and it’s capable of feeling incredibly complex emotions, positive and negative, but you need to take care of it in order for it to function correctly.

It’s as simple as doing a few minutes of exercise every day, eating healthily and paying close attention to your thoughts and feelings.

woman running

 

Discover what makes you happy

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


Each individual’s motive for happiness is unique to that person. It’s influenced by their personal 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 do 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. Once you figure out what you want, go for it!

Get rid of what causes you pain

“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-

We all tend to surround ourselves with people, situations and things that turn out to be negative. They don’t allow us to develop ourselves to our maximum potential because we’re too afraid.

Whether it be the mortgage they can no longer pay, or the friend that’s only around when they need something, get rid of those things that cause you 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.

 

Enjoy the good times

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

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 unconditional love of their pets.

One of the keys to being happy is to take a deep breath, focus on what’s in front of you and enjoy it.

Those moments will be forever cherished in your mind and will take the place of your best memories if you let them.

happy girl

 

Do something you’re passionate about

“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-

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

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

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