Learn How to Live a Happy Life

Let us start with a simple premise that you must accept. That is, happiness is a choice. It is your choice to live a happy life.

 

Forget ‘customer satisfaction’, what matters is ‘life satisfaction’.

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Here’s a great study in the latest edition of the wonderfully titled academic ‘Journal of Happiness & Well-Being‘ that can help you understand and deliver happiness.

 

10% of your life consists of things you willed or brought about. Don’t sweat that small stuff.

 

90% is all that you cannot control, the stuff that just happens to you. How will you deal with those things? How will you react? What will you learn? The key to these questions is the attitude.

 

None of these things (the 10%, remember?) matter if you have not fostered the most important attitudes we discuss here. Most can be infinitely scaled. Their power is limitless if you learn how to attend to them.

 

Do you have unusual fears? Have many doubts? Like the fear of an embarrassing moment? Don’t. This world is full of people very sympathetic and willing to help you with help to get you through the day. And help you with the attitudes needed for happiness. All you need to focus on is defeating your doubts. Do you sometimes wonder how much unseen impact your actions and life is having on others?

 

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass,

it’s about learning to dance in the rain.

-Vivian Greene

 

There was a time when I thought happiness was a destination, in much the same way I imagined I’d eventually arrive at peace or success.

 

It seemed like something I needed to chase or find—definitely not something I could experience without dramatically changing my life.

 

I’ve since learned through experience that helps to get through the day is always available, and like any desirable state of mind, it requires effort, even if that effort entails consciously choosing to be still.

 

Here is a checklist on simple attitude reminders to improve your happiness each day. It certainly has been a big help to me:

 

Happy life … start well

Start your day believing that you are going to have a great day.

 

Sharing

Sharing is always caring. You can’t do enough sharing.

 

Show kindness

Show some kindness without expecting anything in return. If they ask what they can do for you, tell them to pay it forward.

 

Smiles

Smiles matter. And they are so simple to execute.

 

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Live a happy life.

 Strangers

There are many strangers just waiting to make new friends. How many friends can you make today?

 

 You

 You are the master of your destiny. Take charge and show your happiness.

 

 

Happy life … create some alone time

Sit in nature—under a tree, on a mountain—and let yourself simply be quiet.

 

Remarkable

 Be nothing less than remarkable. It just takes a little more effort.

 

Share some fun with someone you love

Forget about everything that feels like a problem and do something that seems like fun. Have fun spontaneously.

 

 

Play

Play is always the centerpiece of work. Be happy and enjoy things you do.

 

 

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How to live a positive happy life.

Defeat doubts

Eliminate fears or doubts. Mistakes and failures are ok.

 

 

Actively enjoy good things now

Be about the present instead of scheming to create a better future.

 

Volunteer your time 

Volunteer your time to help a charity you believe in. Put all your energy into helping others, and you will find happiness without looking.

 

Serve someone else

Just because … just for them. That might mean helping them pursue their passion, or motivating them to reach their fitness goals. Whatever gives your life meaning, give it to someone freely.

 

show gratitude
Show gratitude.

Show gratitude

Gratitude is the attitude directed towards appreciating anything and anyone. Think of it as the ability to assign a value to something that others overlook. It is the secret to true richness. It never runs out. And best: it is not a scarce resource, unlike any other resource in the world.

 

Live with humility

Humility is the attitude of not taking yourself too seriously. Never forget where you came from. Never forget what you are: just human. No matter how high you fly or how low you fall, it all just seems so much easier if you tread lightly. Remember not to take yourself and those many projects of yours too importantly to the point of agonizing about them. It is fine to strive and seek.

 

Be resilient

Resilience is the attitude to weather anything from the gentlest breeze to the strongest gale threatening to derail or break you on your journey. Some call it growing a thick skin, a tough hide, robustness or fortitude. No matter what you call it, foster it because you have no idea what people are capable of surviving. The world is not necessarily cruel by definition, but it can be cruel by ignorance, by the apathy of nature, by forces so large they can toss you around like a speck of dust to make you know your place in the scheme of things. Those times can hurt. A lot. For those times, I wish for you to have the resilience to suck it up and then get back to work.

 

Live a happy life … stay true to values

What makes you tick is this squishy, intangible but very real set of values that make you the person you are. It is the compass that was implanted in your heart when you were born, then shaped by your upbringing and experiences.

 

Keep it simple, since as much as you like to think you could be this incredibly complex person, chances are there are some 2-3 core values that make you who you are that define your choices and preferences in people, places, and occupations. Make it your life’s work to figure them out – I mean figure them out, to know them without the shadow of a doubt.

 

 

Let go of uncontrollable

 Let go things that are beyond your control, particularly those that frustrate you or make you sad.

 

  

Learn to accept and move on

 Learn to accept people or things around you as they are rather than how you want them to be. This will make your life easier. Follow the saying “Do good and feel good.”

 

 

No worries

Don’t worry what others think about you. If you like something go for it, don’t think about how people are going to judge you.

 

Respond properly

 If anyone hurts you or says something bad to you, don’t be quick to react. Control yourself and give it some time. You will discover that it is worthless even thinking about it.

 

 

End well

 Focus on what you have rather than what you want. At the end of every day, be grateful for all that you have.

 

 

The bottom line

 

There comes a time in life when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad and focus on the good, and keep your peace of mind very intact.

 

 

The important thing is that we create many of these mental attitudes each day. Practice each day; they don’t just happen until they are strong habits.

 

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Mike Schoultz is the founder of Digital Spark Marketing, a digital marketing and customer service agency. With 40 years of business experience, he writes about topics that relate to improving the performance of business. Go to Amazon to obtain a copy of his latest book, Exploring New Age Marketing. It focuses on using the best examples to teach new age marketing … lots to learn. Find them on G+Twitter, and LinkedIn

 

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Learn How to Live a Happy Life

2 thoughts on “Learn How to Live a Happy Life

  • January 26, 2017 at 8:12 pm
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    I really like the aphorisms, and positive talk that this has offered or me when I read it. And listening to K love ontop of it just exemplified. I would like to register to read these on a daily basis?

    Thank you
    Darren J Horsey

    • January 28, 2017 at 3:19 pm
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      Thanks for your feedback and comments Darren. Don’t have the checklists set up that way. But it is a good idea and will add it to my to-do list, 🙂

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