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How to be Happy

happy_wCan we always be happy? As you know, this isn’t always easy. There are things we have to do apart from just putting a smile and your face so here are a few of them.

First, don’t take life too seriously. If you do, this only causes stress. What you have to understand is there are things beyond your control so you should learn to let these go. The only thing that you can do is do things to the best of your ability and then hope that it is enough.

You should also learn to laugh and appreciate the lighter things in life. Most of us don’t realize it now but some of the mistakes that we commit now, we talk about later on and when we look back, it is something also worth laughing about. But until that day comes, learn from your mistake and try not to do it again. If you can, try to reflect what you did at the end of the day.

Should things go wrong, always look for the silver lining. Sometimes, bad things happen for a reason and this provides us with an opportunity.

Instead of wishing for things that you don’t have, you should also learn to be happy with what you have. Chances are, you don’t live in a mansion or own a fancy car. What you have is your life, your friends and your family so you should be thankful for that.

Are there people around you that criticize you often and as a result, this brings you down. There are people who are like that and here, you can tell who your real friends are. If they respected you, they wouldn’t do that. But if they see something wrong, there is a way to make you realize that you made a mistake and would take steps to help you become a better person.

The same can be said toward your treatment to other people. If you are a true friend, you will always encourage and support them.

One of the most important things you need to be happy is to be yourself. This means expressing yourself even if this will not please everybody. You can do that by engaging in activities that you enjoy and striving for short and long-term goals.

We need people around us so we must always have a healthy relationship. Yes, there will be times that you will fight or have misunderstandings but situations like these makes your bond even stronger than before.

You should also make an effort to preserve a line of communication so you guys are able to hang out with one another even if you follow different things later in life.

Another way to be happy is to learn to diversify. This simply means not sticking to the same daily routine. If you have time, try to engage in fun activities like a hobby, a new adventure or an exercise routine.

There is one other way to always be happy and that is to help people. Helping someone in need always makes you feel good even if you do not get anything in return. Who knows? That kind gesture will be rewarded later when someone sees that you need help.

The hardest thing to do to have a happy life is to learn to forgive. If people have done you wrong, learn to forgive them for what they have done. If you feel you have done wrong to others, learn to forgive yourself.

Life is too short to live in on regrets, mistakes and misfortunes. Yes these are all setbacks but this should not change who you are because despite the circumstances, you can still be happy.

If you need help to find your way, seek professional or religious counseling because both can show you the way. When we talk about professional help, this does not always mean seeking a psychiatrist but rather a life coach. For the religious aspect, there is always the pastor or priest.

We have the power within ourselves to be happy. You can start by following some of the things mentioned one at a time and then making it a part of your daily life.

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  • Thanks for the nice article. I think that the key to happiness is the knowledge and the pursuit of your goals for life. These goals can be maintaining relationships to friends and family or related to your job, etc.

    It took me more than six months to find out my goals for life. After being clear on that I made a lot changes in my life. Since then I go through some difficult times of transition but I am happier than ever in my life.

    To help other people who might feel the same I wrote an article on how to find your goals for life on my blog.

    http://www.anextrahoureveryday.com/2008/08/29/set-your-goals-for-your-life/

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