Ten Steps to a Happier Life

Define Happiness
What
is your definition of a happy life?  Are you living it?  Think
carefully on this because your definition of happiness will influence
every other significant decision in your life.  For example, if you
think happiness is outside you, you will make happiness into a search, a
catch, or a reward that you must earn. If, however, you know happiness
is inside you then happiness becomes a compass, a teacher, and an
enabler that helps you to live your best life.

Accept Yourself
Without
self-acceptance, you will limit and block how much happiness,
prosperity, love, and success you will enjoy.  The miracle of
self-acceptance is that if you are willing to accept that happiness
already exists in you, you will begin to experience more happiness
around you.

Follow Your Joy
There
is a world of difference between searching for happiness and following
your joy.  Following your joy is about listening to your heart’s
desires, noticing what truly inspires you, and recognizing your soul’s
purpose.  A good starting point is to reflect on the question “When am I
at my happiest?”  

Choose Happiness
Try
to find the place in your mind where you have already decided how good
today will be, how good this year will be, how good your life will be.
 Are you happy with your decision?  Set a positive intention right now
to let today be even more enjoyable than you thought it was going to be.

Free Happiness
A
lot of happiness is overlooked because it doesn’t cost anything.  If
you think money will buy you happiness, you will go shopping for the
rest of your life and never be completely satisfied. To enjoy some free
happiness, make a list of everything in your life that costs no money
and is totally priceless – like laughter, friendship, meditation, air,
kindness, and the stars at night.

Love Someone
To
be happy, all you have to do is be the most loving person you can be.
People who give their best time, energy, and attention to their most
important relationships experience more happiness. Stop the busyness,
and think about who you would like to spend more time with, acknowledge
more, and have more fun with.

Forgive NOW
Sometimes
in order to be happy now you have to be willing to give up all hopes
for a better past. Living happily ever after starts with forgiveness.
You can’t keep carrying a grievance and hope to be happy. Happiness is a
gift you give yourself because it sets you free.

Vocal Gratitude
Say
out loud three things you are grateful for. Do this right now, before
you go on reading this article. Gratitude is often referred to as the
shortest shortcut to happiness.  The more grateful you are, the happier
you will feel.

Beware Martyrdom
A
martyr believes they have to sacrifice themselves and happiness in
order to enjoy the good things in life.  When you try to play the
martyr, you lose and so does everyone else.  Be kind to yourself.  Life
always gets better when you treat yourself better.

Be Present
Living
in the “not now” is a chief cause of unhappiness. In the English
language, the word “present” has three distinct meanings:  “here”, “now”
and “a gift”.  The more present you are in each moment, the more
happiness you will find. Happiness is where you are.

Robert Holden.

Define Happiness
What
is your definition of a happy life?  Are you living it?  Think
carefully on this because your definition of happiness will influence
every other significant decision in your life.  For example, if you
think happiness is outside you, you will make happiness into a search, a
catch, or a reward that you must earn. If, however, you know happiness
is inside you then happiness becomes a compass, a teacher, and an
enabler that helps you to live your best life.

Accept Yourself
Without
self-acceptance, you will limit and block how much happiness,
prosperity, love, and success you will enjoy.  The miracle of
self-acceptance is that if you are willing to accept that happiness
already exists in you, you will begin to experience more happiness
around you.

Follow Your Joy
There
is a world of difference between searching for happiness and following
your joy.  Following your joy is about listening to your heart’s
desires, noticing what truly inspires you, and recognizing your soul’s
purpose.  A good starting point is to reflect on the question “When am I
at my happiest?”  

Choose Happiness
Try
to find the place in your mind where you have already decided how good
today will be, how good this year will be, how good your life will be.
 Are you happy with your decision?  Set a positive intention right now
to let today be even more enjoyable than you thought it was going to be.

Free Happiness
A
lot of happiness is overlooked because it doesn’t cost anything.  If
you think money will buy you happiness, you will go shopping for the
rest of your life and never be completely satisfied. To enjoy some free
happiness, make a list of everything in your life that costs no money
and is totally priceless – like laughter, friendship, meditation, air,
kindness, and the stars at night.

Love Someone
To
be happy, all you have to do is be the most loving person you can be.
People who give their best time, energy, and attention to their most
important relationships experience more happiness. Stop the busyness,
and think about who you would like to spend more time with, acknowledge
more, and have more fun with.

Forgive NOW
Sometimes
in order to be happy now you have to be willing to give up all hopes
for a better past. Living happily ever after starts with forgiveness.
You can’t keep carrying a grievance and hope to be happy. Happiness is a
gift you give yourself because it sets you free.

Vocal Gratitude
Say
out loud three things you are grateful for. Do this right now, before
you go on reading this article. Gratitude is often referred to as the
shortest shortcut to happiness.  The more grateful you are, the happier
you will feel.

Beware Martyrdom
A
martyr believes they have to sacrifice themselves and happiness in
order to enjoy the good things in life.  When you try to play the
martyr, you lose and so does everyone else.  Be kind to yourself.  Life
always gets better when you treat yourself better.

Be Present
Living
in the “not now” is a chief cause of unhappiness. In the English
language, the word “present” has three distinct meanings:  “here”, “now”
and “a gift”.  The more present you are in each moment, the more
happiness you will find. Happiness is where you are.


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