Are you happy with your life?
Deep question, I know.
But think about it. Really think about it.
Because the truth is, lots of us don’t know how to be happy. We choose to work at jobs we detest. We blindly accept societal norms without asking why. We strive for “things” instead of deeper, more meaningful relationships with people we love.
But we can be fixed. We can learn how to be happy.
This is how.
1. Find your purpose and passions in life.
“Decide what to be and go be it.”
-The Avett Brothers
If you feel like your life lacks meaning and purpose, find it by answering these questions:
- What fulfills you most?
- How do you want to be remembered when your time is up?
Once you know these answers, spend time pursuing your passions every single day.
Here’s how to make sure you do just that …
2. Set your goals … then create a plan to achieve them.
“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”
-Antoine de Saint-Exupery
One thing we’re all guilty of this: focusing on what we don’t want instead of taking action and setting goals to get what we do want.
So come up with goals for yourself that will help you live out those things you’re passionate about. Then map out a plan for how you’ll accomplish each of those goals. Revisit your goals every month, and assess your progress.
And be resilient … believe in yourself wholeheartedly. Because your own resolution to succeed will trump any roadblocks that get in your way.
3. Realize it’s not all about you.
“To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Looking within won’t always yield the answers you’re looking for. If you’re struggling to figure out how to find happiness, understand this:
You need to bring happiness into others’ lives too.
“The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in a myriad of petty little unsexy ways, every day.”
-David Foster Wallace
Life is about the people you meet and the memories you make with them. Turns out the proverbial “secret” to being happy for the rest of your life is not much of a secret at all:
Do whatever you can to leave this place a little better than you found it.
Happiness is a choice. So is being healthy. We are the only creatures on earth who can change our circumstances through our thoughts, feelings, and intentions. This can be one of life’s greatest gifts … or one of its greatest curses. It’s up to you to decide which.
“What’s beautiful about choice is that it gives meaning to everything we do. It is the only thing that enables us to go from who we are today to who we want to be tomorrow.”