We've all had moments where it feels hard to stay happy. Whether we experience a layoff, divorce, a breakup, sickness, misunderstandings or just a bad day, trying to reach happiness can often feel like a chore.
In doing research for my next book, I discovered that staying happy is possible when we practice happiness as a daily habit.
Below are five tips from my upcoming book on how happy people stay happy.
1. They make happiness a habit.
When you're happy, you feel confident, purposeful and in harmony with your true self. People who are genuinely happy are healthier, kinder and have better relationships. Truly happy people don't try to get happy. They just are happy, because they recognize the magic of happiness is in the moment. You can train your brain to see the good in every situation and make happiness a habit.
2. They express humility.
When you shift directions, change relationships, move or try something new, you'll be stepping out of your comfort zone. People who practice happiness don't worry about how others see them, especially as life changes.
Maybe you were fired from your job and you took a position at a new company that pays a lot less. Perhaps you went through a tough divorce and the other person has remarried, but you're still single. Being humble through your life changes will help you focus on you and your own dreams. You can release expectations about how your life should look by returning to your heart center, which is humble and full of humility.
3. They act when they are inspired.
Pablo Picasso said, "Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working." Making your dreams come true is not a passive process. You have to do the work and show up for your part. Sitting on your meditation pillow, repeating mantras or visualizing (although good methods), will never produce the outcome — until you take action and do the work. Happy people step forward and take action as soon as inspiration comes to them.
4. They don't procrastinate.
When you procrastinate, you show yourself your activities do not matter, which sends a message to yourself that you are unworthy of your desires. If you put off projects, find a way to tap into the reason you want pursue it. People who stay happy do not procrastinate because they find the passion and inspiration to keep going.
5. They know they don't have to be happy all the time.
On any given day, the average person will have more than 50,000 thoughts. Of these, more than 80% can be negative. Most of these thoughts are self-deprecating. Pay attention to your thoughts and see if you're mad at yourself for not being happier. You may feel guilty because you aren't where you think you should be. Turn your negative thoughts into more loving thoughts by consciously focusing on your energy. When you are aware of your thoughts, you can control them, and you will feel inner peace.
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