Whenever you feel down take moment to shift your feelings by appreciating what you have. Make a list of the things that you appreciate in your life, read them out loud and give thanks for each one. When you focus more on being happy about what you have than what you don't, you leave behind the feelings of dissatisfaction that can keep you from living a joyful and fulfilling life.
Be an artist to be happy in life. What does that mean? It doesn't mean that you have to learn how to paint or be a sculptor overnight, just live your life artistically by:
- Being willing to do things that are different.
- Being willing to look at the deeper stuff in life.
- Being willing to go against the grain.
- Being willing to follow your own inner voice.
- Being willing to be yourself no matter what people say.
- Being willing to live your life as the real you.
Whoever you truly are deep inside, that's where your power resides. Take the time to discover the creative person you have within you and enjoy your journey.
A big part of finding happiness is how you behave in life. Certain behaviors lead in certain direction and a certain type of results. Think about the person who lies, cheats and steals his way to success. He (or she) may have amazing wealth or power, but there will always be something missing because they got there practicing negative behaviors.
The key to being happy in life is to be nice so that you can experience the peace of mind that comes from knowing you behaved in a way that was kind, honorable and ethical. Being nice doesn't mean being weak, it refers to conducting yourself in ways that encourage kindness and build harmony. Ultimately, being nice helps you enjoy life more because you don't have to worry about all the repercussions that come from behaving negatively.
It's difficult to be fully happy when you're avoiding dealing with important issues and your brain is clogged with things you haven't resolved. It's impossible to grow and fully enjoy life if you don't move past the things that hold you back. Think of the issues in your life that require attention and healing and work on one of them until it goes away. You don't have to do everything at once, just take one small step at a time. When you're done with that issue move on to the next. The act of working on things over time will help you be happier.
Some people spend their whole lives avoiding the very thing they really need to examine. A huge part of being happy is deciding to take action to heal yourself and move beyond your hurts; to become healthier and more whole. It's not an easy process, you might even need professional help, but it leads to true joy and fulfillment.
When you express your feelings you open the door to experiencing life at its richest, fullest, and happiest. Think about the quality of life you could have if you:
- Tell people you love them.
- Cry when you're sad.
- Laugh when you're happy.
- Admit when you're scared.
- Feel anger without exploding or stuffing it.
- Deal with the hurts from your past.
- Talk with people on a deeper level.
- Have your feelings help you instead of hinder you.
- Look at feelings as a normal part of life instead of trying to avoid them.
When you learn how to live with all the things you feel, you become a more well-rounded, balanced, happy person. The whole point of feelings is to keep you informed about how you're doing deep inside, they're not something to be afraid of, just a way to let you know what's going on.