Happiness starts with you
Did you know that?
MAY has been my month to focus on happiness and what I’ve reminded myself is that Happiness cannot come from material things, or from other people.
It is up to ME because long term happiness comes from within and the choices we make. Widipedia defines Happiness as:
Yes, I know that we can find joy from family, friends, travel and even money brings a comfortable lifestyle. But these are only short term fixes unless we can find contentment within ourselves.
Being happy is a state of mind and as I said it is our choice. We can keep searching for the elusive happiness but really learning to appreciate and focusing on the good things in our life, gives us a sense of contentment and well being which is what happiness really is.
You can’t be happy all of the time – we are only human after all.
Sometimes life throws curve balls and IT IS DIFFICULT to keep positive, upbeat and feel gratitude. THAT IS FINE we can all have our down days and maybe enjoy an occasional ‘pity party’. But don’t party on too long!
Here are 5 suggestions to finding happiness from within
1. Taking time out to really have time alone and reflect on happiness is important.
If happiness comes from within then we should try to take some time out alone. Become friends with yourself and appreciate the time you spend reflecting on the things that make you feel contented. You might like to read: Why we need to be selfish – Sometimes
2. Letting Go of regrets or anger
You rob yourself of happiness if you are still clinging to the past or holding onto old hurts and injustices. When you finally let go, a burden is lifted and you actually breathe a sigh of relief. You might like to read ‘L’ is for Letting Go – Why you need to let go & accept before you can move forward
3. Realising that you can be in control of your life but accepting that there some things you just can’t control
Life can be a roller coaster. Sometimes we think we have all our ‘ducks in a row’ only to find that something happens to upset our momentum. Life is full of ebbs and flows and how you deal with that affects how happy and contented you feel. Sure take control of your life but also learn to accept that there will be times that life throws a curve ball and you won’t be able to change it. You might like to read: Fit & Fabulous: 4 Ways to Get Back On Track When Life Gets In the Way
4. Make time to nurture your body and mind
Treating your body and mind with respect is vital. Nurturing your body and mind by exercising regularly, eating a well balanced and nutritious diet PLUS making sure you are looking after your mental health are all keys to finding happiness from within. You might like to read: Midlife Mental Health – Nourish Your Mind & Body
5. Practice just being in the moment
Sometimes we forget to just stop and enjoy the moment. Mindfulness has been a buzz word lately but it is so important. Focusing on the moment and truly enjoying the experience all adds to the joy and happiness in your life. You might like to read: Midlife Mental Health -The Benefits of Mindfulness
What will you do today to find happiness from within? Remember
Let’s Keep Sizzling!