When people ask me how to be truly happy I answer that it requires finding happiness within yourself. So many people try to find fulfillment from the outside when all that really matters is discovering the answers that are already in you. Here are a few ideas to help you start finding happiness from within:
Find Inner Peace
You'll be closer to inner peace when you get rid of the noise that jars your system such as past hurts and unresolved issues. Find a way to meditate and clear your mind so you can relax and find balance. Some people find it helpful to breathe, others repeat a mantra over and over. Whatever works for you is great. Remember that finding inner peace is an ongoing process and you'll get better at it the more you practice.
Replace Negative Thoughts with Positive Ones
One of the best ways to counteract the effect of negative thoughts is to keep adding positive ones. Anytime a negative thought comes into your mind, replace it with one that helps you move in a positive direction. Instead of getting stuck thinking about all the things that are going wrong, try thinking about what could go well. Happy people make a conscious effort to keep adding positive thoughts into their minds instead of focusing on the negative.
Focus on the Things That Really Matter
A great way to be happy in life is to focus on the things that really matter. When all is said and done, it's not that important how much money you have or things you own, it's how much meaning you have in your life. At critical moments, people realize the importance of the deeper, more meaningful things in life: Saying I love you to someone, self-respect, learning, finding peace, hugging someone, talking with a child, caring for others, spending time with a friend and many other things that go beyond material possessions. What will you do to focus on the things that really matter?
One of the best ways to live a happy life is to be silly regularly. A lot of people think being silly makes them look dumb or weak but it's actually a great way to be happy and balanced. Make sure to have fun in life: Tell a few jokes, enjoy doing silly things, watch comedy movies or TV shows, read funny books, act kooky, laugh often and have fun with your friends and family. Life is only serious if you make it that way.
Dare to Be Creative
Right this moment you have the potential to think and act creatively. Creativity is a wonderful tool that helps you look at things from many perspectives and find amazing ways to make your life fuller and richer. Imagine a world where you get to create whatever is meaningful to you and be genuinely happy. What will you do to use your creativity?