Strategies for Experiencing a Happier Life
Statistics show that only 33 percent of Americans are happy. About 77
percent are concerned about money, and more than half are frustrated
with their careers. The question is: what does it take to be happy? Is it more money, better
health, or professional success? More importantly, how can you manifest
the life you want?
How Do You Define Happiness?
The first step is to determine what happiness means to you. This comes
down to your mindset. For some people, happiness equals wealth. For
others, freedom and inner peace are paramount.
Happiness is a subjective concept. Therefore, you need to figure out
what's important for you personally.
Write down the things that would make you happy right now. Next, make
a list of things you strive for in the long run. Compare the two and
highlight the common denominators. Find a way to link them and then
come up with a plan.
No matter your goals, commit to them on long-term. It’s through
commitment that you'll achieve those goals and create a happier life.
Success doesn't come easy. Finding love can take a lifetime. Building a
lucrative career takes years or decades.
Express Your Gratitude!
Think of what you have right now and how it adds value to your life. Let's
say you have a good job, but you're not completely satisfied with it. Be
grateful for having that job in the first place. There are billions of people
who would do anything to be in your shoes.
According to psychologists, gratitude improves mental and physical
health. People who are grateful feel better about their lives and
experience more empathy. Furthermore, they're mentally stronger and
find it easier to overcome challenges.
Stop Obsessing Over Money!
Most people mistakenly believe that wealth is the key to happiness.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Money can't buy happiness. You
can be wealthy and still feel sad or unsatisfied with your life.
Aim for financial stability rather than wealth. As long as you have
everything you need, why would you want more? Sure, you could buy a
fancy car, but your excitement will soon wear off. A few months later,
you’ll want a new house or another car, but you’ll get bored with those too.
To be truly happy, invest in experiences, not things. Even the mere
anticipation of a pleasurable experience will make you happier than
waiting for a material possession.