Where is the Secret to Happiness Hiding?
Finding happiness may be easier to find that you think…
A recent blog post by Addicted 2 Success titled 4 Bold Decisions That Will Stop You From Being Unhappy offer some interesting insights on the secrets behind finding happiness. One of their recommendations is to break up with the person that causes them pain. While this sounds profound, it helps to shed greater meaning behind this straightforward recommendation.
Happiness is often a manifestation of your own reactions to your external environment. You can either accept or reject them, but you must react. More importantly, how you learn from your reactions is equally more important to your long-standing happiness. Taking these opportunities to learn from your prior experiences will shape your path to future happiness. Negativity that clouds your decision-making often leaves one vulnerable to criticizing your past decisions rather than embracing the positives.
People in search of happiness often struggle with their failure to learn from past reactions. These same people are looking for something in the future that will “change their luck,” rather than making changes to their lives and how they view life in general.
How to make changes in your life??
As I reflect on this recent post reflect on happiness, a commitment to happiness starts with a commitment to change. In as much, the easiest way to start is to do something that will change your routine. Routines make people feel comfortable but it is that the comfort that is holding you back from finding your happiness groove. It is very common that people have a routine Monday through Friday of waking up, going to work, getting some exercise or having a dinner date. Instead, do something bold – try something new that will make a noticeable change to your weekly routine.
If you are a foodie, take a cooking class and meet some new friends. Perhaps you are athletically inclined, then try a new sport or sign-up for a sports league. For those who enjoy reading, then join a neighborhood book club. All of these are bold, yet simple changes to your weekly routine that help you gain a renewed perspective.
Happiness through change
Your “new” routine is the spark that allows you to reassess your friends and environment. Through this change to your existing routine, take an inventory of what you enjoy – the people you meet, the new knowledge you gained and the smiles and laughs you share. This is where happiness starts, by taking an inventory of YOUR blessings and being thankful. Continue this activity daily, looking for additional activities, interactions or people that have left a positive imprint on your day.
Over time, your blessings will grow, your happiness will flourish and the negativity will dissipate. Now, your reactions to your external environment will be different – you may still accept or reject them, but how you view them will be with a completely different, and positive lens.