Happiness is the ultimate reward that life has to offer, but there are many popular misconceptions about what being happy really means. Here are seven hidden truths about the holy grail of emotional states.
1. It’s not elusive.
Happiness is always there for everyone to find ¬ you just have to turn your attention to the things that make you feel content. We all have reasons to complain, and whether it seems like it or not, we have an equal number of reasons to smile. What you focus on shapes your environment, and it contributes to how you live your life. Whenever you feel like happiness is trying to avoid you, you may just be looking in the wrong places.
2. It takes work.
It takes work and effort to be happy. Happiness, like any other state of being, comes one thought at a time, one word at a time, and one day at a time. Happy people deliberately choose positive thoughts, words, and actions, and they understand that happiness is not a guaranteed thing without working for it.
3. Happiness doesn’t have a mascot.
Many people, especially those in the advertising industry, want you to believe that happiness exists only in beauty, monetary wealth, or monumental career success. The truth is that anyone, anywhere can find happiness because it is a state of mind, not a collection of material things or a high status.
4. You don’t have to resolve your problems to become happy.
People tend to think that they cannot feel happy until every one of their problems is solved, but more than likely it will happen the other way around. Becoming a happy person will help you solve your problems and help you to find your way out of difficult situations. However, we don’t require any special conditions to begin feeling good and to be appreciative of what we are truly grateful for. Those good feelings we focus on will give us the boost we need to get through the difficult times.
5. Happy people are everywhere.
When we’re feeling sad or stressed, the world seems to be a miserable place, but when we are in a state of joy it becomes more apparent that happy people are all around us but the truth remains that a vast number of people are leading happy, fulfilling lives. Surrounding yourself with happy, supportive people will make a big difference in your life and it will be a constant reminder that happy people aren’t mythical creatures who only exist in fairy tales.
6. It’s not all or nothing.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to feel happy 100 percent of the time to be considered happy. Happy people experience bad moods and bad days, and things still come along that shake up their lives from time to time. It is perfectly normal to experience a full range of emotions as you go through life, but the biggest difference between happy people and the rest of the population is their attitude and determination to feel happy.
7. Happiness doesn’t always feel like euphoria or excitement.
We cannot always appreciate our happiness as easily when we are going through our normal day to day lives. However, true and lasting happiness is found in peace and acceptance of ourselves and those around us. Peace releases us from stress, worries, and sadness. When we feel free of anxiety, even if things aren’t as great as they could be, we have already found happiness and are on the road to even greater happiness.
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