Let’s talk about being happy. Are you usually grateful and contented? Would you like to be? Here’s how you can be happy every day of your life.
You’ve heard it said that money doesn’t buy happiness. It’s true. More money doesn’t mean more happiness. It often has the opposite effect.
People with money tend to buy stuff. They think that the object is going to make them happy or justify how hard they work. In reality, it’s only more stuff.
Here is a rule to live by…
Never Love Something That Cannot Love You Back
It is that simple.
You might feel excited about a new possession for a while. That excitement, the bling, the newness, it fades away.
My advice is to rent your life experiences. Anything that you want to have.
If you want to drive an expensive car, you can rent one for a week. Want to live in a house by the ocean? Go do it for six months.
You can rent these and most other life experiences for a tiny fraction of the cost. You do not have to buy them.
You don’t need a mortgage. It will drag you down like an emotional anchor. It’s far better to have cash in the bank and be rich in life experiences.
Do Not Care What Other People Think Of You
The second road to happiness is not caring what other people think. Don’t care what they think about your haircut, the clothes you wear, or the car you drive. The less you care about what other people think, the happier you will be.
Don’t let what anyone says or does affect your inner peace. Hesitate for a moment before you react. Don’t let that bozo ruin your day. Blow it off. Smile and laugh to yourself in two seconds or less, no matter what.
“The less crap you put up with from other people, the happier you’ll be.” ~ Mike Rowe (Dirty Jobs Host)
Spend Less Time Alone
The third way to be happier is to spend less time in isolation. The more time you spend isolated, the more depressed you will become.
Get out and around other people. Even if it’s going down to the community center for a group fitness class. Try going outside for a walk, or spend a couple of hours in a shopping mall.
That bit of exercise and being near other people will do wonders for your mental health. You’ll clear all sorts of hormones and gunk out of your body.
If you can’t get outside, join an online community. Try using Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and others to find like-minded people. Seek out those with the same hobbies and interests as you. Belong to something. Ask questions to learn new things and contribute what you know.
Do Not Compare Yourself To Others
A fourth way to be happy is something I learned from Dr. Dan Ariely’s “Predictably Irrational” book.
After the Olympics, gold medal winners were the happiest. And who was the second happiest? It was the bronze medalists.
The silver medalists compared themselves to the gold. They think, “If I tried a little harder, I could have won that gold.”
The bronze medalists were much happier than silver medalists. They were delighted to get any kind of medal at all.
So happiness actually depends on how you look out the window. What’s in your frame? What are you comparing yourself to?
If You Want To Be Happy
- Don’t buy stuff, buy or rent experiences instead
- Stop caring about what others think
- Spend less time in isolation
- Stop comparing yourself to others
- Exercise, eat healthy & get enough quality sleep
Understand that happiness is not a destination. It’s not about possessions. It’s a state of mind.
Happiness is about enjoying your life. Sharing experiences and stories with friends and family. To forgive and let down your ego, so you can love others and let them love you. That is what life and happiness are all about.
Michael Warren Campbell
What about you? What makes you happy? Is there a method or system of conditioning that you use? What do you do when you feel discontent? Have you ever helped someone become cheerful? What did you do to achieve that?
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