My friends often tilt their heads and ask me: “How on earth are you so happy all of the time?”
So what if I showed you how you can become happy right now—and stay happy, forever?
It sounds too good to be true, doesn't it?
It probably does if you’ve been searching for happiness for quite some time.
There are many things that sound 'too good to be true'. But what I’m about to share with you shouldn't be dismissed.
The first thing is, (there's a catch already?) the longer you've been waiting for your happiness, the longer it'll take to arrive.
Your happiness will begin whenever you decide the time is right, and if you keep reading, that time is now.
Your Time Starts Now
I used to live in the dark ages of waiting for happiness to arrive.
It never occurred to me that instead of waiting for it, happiness could have already begun. I just had to quit rationalizing how it isn’t here yet.
So you say you aren’t happy at your job? Then it’s time to be grateful for having a job.
Don't feel happy about cleaning the house? Then it’s time to be glad that you're living in a clean house instead of a dirty one.
Allow me to point out one thing if I may.
The tasks on your to-do list may or may not be the most exciting things. In fact, you may prefer to do something else instead. You might prefer playing video games, catch up on a movie, or go out with your friends.
You could even be doing something else. I get it. There are better things that you could be doing.
I'm sure that doing chores or any other related tasks is disliked very much.
I dislike them too, I confess.
But acknowledging this fact means that you acknowledge being bored; displeased. It also means that you are in the mindset of being unhappy with what you’re doing or where you’re at, because you think that something else will make you happy.
You see, happiness doesn't begin when that special moment in time comes. If you are still waiting for that moment, quite frankly, it will not come to you until you're satisfied with the present moment.
No matter what you are doing; no matter how hard or repetitive a task is, you can always find something positive about it. It's all about acknowledging the benefits.
Happiness is at Your Fingertips
"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony." —Mahatma Gandhi
I never say to myself that something can be better, or that happiness will come later.
I have the mindset that happiness begins now, no matter what the circumstances are. Find the positive. And don't even think about the negatives.
Live life with low expectations. Having high expectations requires you to constantly fulfill your needs.
The more needs you have, the more you will demand. While it's okay to have needs, you have to ask yourself—what if it never comes?
Then disappointment, anger, or depression will follow. It's like expecting an important delivery on a certain day, but the delivery man couldn't make it on time.
If we live well below our means, unexpected surprises will happen and well….that's the beauty of life.
Surprises are nice after all. It’s easier to be content when we don’t live with high expectations.
Whether it is something that we do or desire, it’s just easier to accept and to look on the bright side. When you believe that there isn’t anything else to make you more content than this moment in time, then you have achieved the method of becoming happy and staying this way.
As you read this line, here’s what I want you to do, I want you to become happy if you haven’t already.
Be happy with what you have, from where you are.
By expecting happiness to come later, you acknowledge that you aren’t content with the life you have.
Happiness only happens when you can live in the moment, and that moment is… now.
|Written on 10/16/2012 by Dennis Do. Dennis Do is a self improvement blogger at Self Exceed. He tries to incorporate humor into his writing while keeping it thoughtful. He also has his own YouTube Channel and various social media to get connected to. Join him as he is on the journey of improving his life.|