In our every day lives we often question what we mean in the scope of being happy. What does this look like to you? And how are you choosing to define your happiness. Is it about working harder, or working smarter. Or doing amazing inner work that leads the way to contentment and peace?
We all want to be happy, but happiness means different things to different people. Some consider happiness based on what they have in front of them; big TV, large house, fast car. While others prefer to base their happiness on what it is inside.
Whatever your definition of happiness you can’t expect it to fall into your lap. Like most things in life worth having, happiness can only be achieved through hard work – and consistent hard work at that. There is no point in resting on your laurels, and striving to continually improve is key to maintaining that happiness.
No one is perfect, and the sooner that everyone accepts their flaws is the sooner where they can start living a happy life. That isn’t to say using your weaknesses as an excuse for being a bad person, that doesn’t fly anymore. But having the self-awareness to understand where you can improve is paramount to taking the first steps towards changing for the better.
Analyzing and evaluating aspects of yourself that you might not have realized has an effect on your happiness, such as something we all struggle with – laziness. Only, it is never really laziness per se, but a lack of motivation. How many times have you known you needed to do something; complete a report, go for a run, but have put it off and off and off and now it’s too late? Being able to identify what is holding you back will change these habits into something positive.
We all suffer from self-consciousness. Even the most confident among us have little things that they wish were different. Being uncomfortable in who you are can bring about anxiety which can affect your personal life, but instead of succumbing to them, instead, work around them to conquer these insecurities.
But, this is easier said than done. There are services available to help you along the way, and there is no shame in seeking medical help if it means you are going to be happier. Who cares what people think? For example, those with poor eyesight can research Ophthalmologists nearby for vision correction. Furthermore, if you feel overweight consulting a nutritionist can put you on a meal plan to help shed those pesky pounds.
A lot of what could be affecting your happiness could be the way you choose to spend your time. It has been proven that overworking can quickly lead to burnout, which can have hurt your mental wellbeing. In turn, this makes those days off that you so eagerly anticipated filled instead with merely lying in bed or on the sofa indulging in bizarre Netflix shows.
But this isn’t what you wanted to do. You wanted to paint or write or go for a walk. The problem is that by the time your weekend comes around you are so exhausted that it kills any motivation to do anything at all. Working towards happiness can start with you taking time to pursue what you love doing, which will aid recharging your batteries and allow you to express yourself however you see fit.
The road towards being happy with yourself is a long one. But it is a road you have to take. Self-first should always be in your mind, and as rewarding as it is to do things for other people, neglecting your needs will only lead down a dark path that it may be too easy to get lost along.
How are you navigating your way to your own happiness? Do comment below. I would like to hear your views. Thank you for sharing this moment and being here.
In peace and gratitude,
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