Happiness isn’t always easy to come by – that is, until you realize that you’ve been looking in the wrong places for it. Many people rely on external things – like money, possessions, or other people – for their happiness. But any happiness you derive from sources outside yourself will be fleeting. To find lasting inner happiness and peace, you’ve got to look inside yourself.
Here are 10 ways you can start making your own joy;
There will always be some things we can’t change in life. Instead of worrying or getting angry about those things, take a deep breath and practice letting them go. Focus your energy where you’ll actually be able to make a difference.
If you want to transform your life, focus on the positive. This simple mindset shift can have a dramatic effect on your whole outlook. You might have more to be happy about than you realize.
Mindfulness can help you enjoy the little things in life while retaining your perspective on the not-so-good things. At its core, mindfulness is a simple concept: it’s all about being present in the here and now. Meditation is a good way to turn mindfulness into an everyday habit.
Spending time on things you’re passionate about can help you find more meaning and fulfillment in life. You might not be able to devote a lot of time to your passions, but can you carve out an hour a day, or even an hour a week? Taking the time to reconnect with something you love can help you feel renewed and re-invigorated afterwards.
No matter how busy you get, don’t forget to check in with yourself frequently. Some people get so caught up in taking care of others that they ignore their own needs and wants. You can stay in touch with yourself and identify your real talent by writing a few lines in a journal every day, spending some quiet time reflecting on your day before you go to bed, or taking walks by yourself.
If you are religious, spending time with your higher power can be an inexhaustible source of happiness. Using a devotional, like the 365 Daily Devotional, can be a simple way to make your faith a part of your everyday routine.
It’s a proven fact that people who spend time in nature regularly are happier than those who don’t. Seek out a green area near you and spend time there as often as you can. If you don’t have a park nearby, simply sitting on your porch and enjoying the fresh air can give you a mood boost.
You can’t rely on other people for happiness, but maintaining positive relationships can have a dramatic positive effect on your quality of life. Stay in touch with family members and friends as much as you can – you most likely will never regret reaching out to reconnect with someone.
It’s hard to be truly happy without goals or a sense of purpose in life. Find a goal that drives you, and work towards it a little bit every day. Personal goals, work goals, and school goals are all great – the key is that you really care about the goal and want to achieve it.
If you spend your whole life chasing perfection, you’ll constantly be disappointed. Perfection doesn’t exist – everyone is flawed, and it’s okay. Forget about perfection, and focus on simply doing your best instead for the inner happiness and peace.
The best way to find – and keep – happiness is to look inside yourself. Choose one of the habits on this list and work on making it a part of your everyday life, and you’ll soon find that your overall outlook is more positive and optimistic than before.