Keeping Happiness In Your Life
It's so easy to settle in life. When we live from day to day, it's easy to let things that we aren't happy with persist, and lose sight of what would truly make us happy and fulfilled. You have to make sure, if you ever want to live what you would describe as the "perfect life," that you keep happiness in your life.
It may seem obvious, but we see so many people who forget that life is supposed to be HAPPY. They do what we call hyper-focusing...they get lost in their daily lives and forget to think about the bigger picture: you only get one lifetime, and that lifetime is the ONLY time you have to be happy. So how do you do it? How do you keep happiness in your life?
Start With The Small Things
It's easy to settle for things in life, in all areas. But the best way to start making the change from stagnation to progression is with the small things. Refuse to settle for ANYTHING that doesn't make you happy.
Maybe your career doesn't make you happy, but we're sure you'd agree that totally changing your career would require a ton of time and energy, and it can seem like a daunting task. Instead, start with the small things. Look around you, at your house, your garden, your relationships, your body, your clothes...look at small things that you can change easily that you just haven't changed, either because of laziness or procrastination.
Maybe you don't like the body you see in the mirror every morning. Make SMALL changes to correct that. Find 30 minutes to exercise daily and start eating healthier meals. If you aren't happy with your physique, make small changes to conquer that small area. If you aren't happy with how your garden looks, go out there and spend 10 minutes a day clearing the weeds and planting new flowers. If you don't like the state of your house, you don't have to go out and get a contractor to start ripping down and replacing entire rooms. Get a can of paint, or a piece of trim, or a new light switch cover, and fix the small issues.
Look around you at every aspect of your life and look for small changes you can make to build happiness in your life. Maybe your friendships need some changes...maybe your family relationships...maybe your financial situation could stand an improvement. Whatever it is, start with the small changes. They eventually will add up and turn what once didn't make you happy into something that puts a smile on your face.
Move Onto The Larger Areas
Making small steps toward increasing your level of happiness in your life will tell your subconscious mind that you won't stand for things that DON'T make you happy. Those little things that bother you even a little bit that you typically ignore build upon one another and create disharmony between the life you have and the life you want.
Of course, fixing the little things is just the first step; it will make a change mostly in your mind, but there will still be big things in your life that you aren't happy with. Tackling those will take more time and effort, but the reward will be that much larger.
Maybe you're not happy with your career, or your marriage, or some other major life choice. These things will need to be handled more carefully and delicately, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't be willing to change them. In our book, Think Your Reality, we mention the idea that everything in life costs exactly what it's worth to have. So making a change to one of these major areas will require a lot of work, but the payoff will be much bigger.
If you think about life as a whole, and you realize that you aren't going to live forever anyway, and taking the "safe option" in life can be just as dangerous as taking a chance on getting something that brings real happiness to your life, you can start seeing what you have in a different light. Nothing is too big to change, and if some major choice in your life is not consistently bringing you happiness - or worse, it's bringing you unhappiness - you need to change it. There's no sense in living a life that isn't full of happiness and joy.
Take control of the things you have. Start with the small things and change them into things that bring you happiness in your daily life. Begin by fixing things around the house that subconsciously bother you, or changing your eating habits and working out, or simply changing the things you do before going to bed. Make sure the small things in your life align with what make you happiest...this attention to your happiness will give you the courage and motivation to change the BIG things in your life. You can create the life you want, you just need to make sure that you are actually creating the life that you want.
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