Here are five ideas on how to be happy with yourself:
There are many people walking around who say they are a certain way and then behave completely differently. This type of self-delusion is common because people have a hard time admitting that they have areas they might need to work on. It's difficult to change your behavior but you'll be much more happy if you're willing to take an honest look at yourself and make small changes to behave more positively.
The "Who Am I" Exercise
Try this happiness building exercise: Get a piece of paper and write down, "Who am I?" Take exactly one minute to answer the question and write down as many ideas as you can. Stop after one minute and see what you have. Ask yourself if what you wrote genuinely reflects your dreams and passions. Practice this exercise every day until you feel like you've identified who you really are.
Take Care of Yourself
A big part of being happy is the ability to take care of yourself, from your basic needs to your emotional well-being. This doesn't mean that you take care of others at your expense, it refers to making sure you're as healthy as possible and then caring for others. Treat other people with care, kindness and compassion and you'll make your life richer and more purposeful.
Don't Be Afraid to Change Your Views
People often get stuck in life or limit their ability to be happy because they believe the world is a certain way. Then something changes that doesn't fit their perspective and they become scared, upset or disoriented. When your view of the world doesn't help you consistently feel joy or allow you to cope with the challenges that come your way, then it's a great time to find some new ideas.
When you live an authentic life you're able to shine brightly. It's much more satisfying and fulfilling to show the world your natural talents and abilities than to be recognized for doing something that you don't really enjoy and that doesn't reflect the real you. Do what you love and you'll feel happy, whole and a lot shinier.
Try these ideas and you'll be on your way to being far more happy with yourself. What would you add?