How To Be Genuinely Happy?

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Genuine Happiness Comes from Within

Life isn’t the sweetest candy. Sometimes, when I feel like the world is just too heavy, look around and find people who continued to live fascinating and wonderful lives.

And then thoughts come popping into my mind like bubbles from nowhere – “How did their life become so adorably sweet? How come they still can manage to laugh and play around despite a busy stressful life?”

Then I pause and observed for a while… I figured out that maybe, they start to work on a place called ‘self’.

How does one become genuinely happy? Step one is to love yourself.

A professor once said that “loving means accepting.”  To love oneself means to accept that you are not a perfect being, but behind the imperfections must lie a great ounce of courage to be able to discover ways on how to improve your repertoire to recover from our mistakes.

Genuine happiness also pertains to contentment. When you are contented with the job you have, the way you look, with your family, your friends, the place you live in, your car, and all the things you now have – truly, you know the answer to the question “how to be genuinely happy.”

When we discover a small start somewhere from within, that small start will eventually lead to something else, and to something else.

But if you keep questioning life lit it has never done you any good, you will never be able to find genuine happiness.

Life is about finding out about right and wrong, trying and failing, winning and losing. These are things that happen as often as you inhale and exhale.

Failure, in a person’s life has become as abundant and necessary as air. But this should not hinder us from becoming happy.

How to be genuinely happy in spite all these? I tell you… every time you exert effort to improve the quality of life and your being, whether it is cleaning up your room, helping a friend, taking care of your sick dog, fail on board exams and trying again, life gives you equivalent points for that.

Imagine life as a big score board like those which are used in the NFLs. Every time you take a step forward, you make scoring points.

Wouldn’t it be nice to look at that board at the end of each game and think to yourself “Whew! I got a point today. I’m glad I gave it a shot.”

Instead of looking at it all blank and murmur “Geez, I didn’t even hit a score today. I wish I had the guts to try out. We could have won!” and then walk away.

Genuine happiness isn’t about driving the hottest Formula 1 car, nor getting the employee of the year award, earning the highest 13th month pay, or beating the sales quota.

Sometimes, the most sought after prizes in life doesn’t always go to the fastest, the strongest, the bravest or not even the best.

How do you become genuinely happy?  Everyone has his own definition of ‘happiness’. Happiness for a writer may mean launching as much bestselling books as possible.

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Happiness for a basketball rookie may mean getting the rookie of the year award. Happiness for a beggar may mean a lot of money.

Happiness for a business man may mean success.

So, really now, how do we become genuinely happy? Simple. You don’t have to have the best things in this world. It’s about doing and making the best out of every single thing.

When you find yourself smiling at your own mistake and telling yourself “Oh, I’ll do better next time”, you carry with you a flame of strong will power to persevere that may spread out like a brush fire. You possess a willingness to stand up again and try – that will make you a genuinely happy person.

When you learn to accept yourself and your own faults. You pass step 1 in the project “how to become genuinely happy”. For as long as you know how to accept others, you will also be accepted.

For as long as you love and know how to love, you will receive love ten folds back.

Again, throw me that same question “how to become genuinely happy?” I’ll refer you to a friend of mine who strongly quoted- “Most of us know that laughter is the best medicine to life’s aches and pain. But most of us don’t know that the best kind of laughter is laughter over self. Coz then you don’t just become happy… you become free.”

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Be happy…Happy as You Want to Be

Almost everyone have heard the hit single ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’ by Bobby McFerrin. The song has a very catchy way of conveying its message of being happy to everyone. Bobby Mcferiin’s simple message surely made a lot of people by telling them not to worry.

Living a happy, resilient and optimistic life is wonderful, and is also good for your health.

Being happy actually protects you from the stresses of life. Stress is linked to top causes of death such as heart disease, cancer and stroke.

One of the better things ever said is – ‘The only thing in life that will always remain the same is change’, and in our life we have the power to make the necessary changes if we want to.

Even if we find ourselves in an unbearable situation we can always find solace in the knowledge that it too would change.

Social networks or relationships are essential to happiness. People are different, accept people for who or what they are, avoid clashes, constant arguments, and let go of all kinds of resentments.

If arguments seem unavoidable still try and make an effort to understand the situation and you might just get along with well with

Happiness is actually found in everyone, increasing it is a way to make a life more wonderful and also more healthy.

To be happy is relatively easy. Just decide to be a happy person. Abraham Lincoln observed that most people for most of the time can choose how happy or stressed, how relaxed or troubled, how bright or dull their outlook to be. The choice is simple really, choose to be happy.

There are several ways by which you can do this.

Being grateful is a great attitude.  We have so much to be thankful for. Thank the taxi driver for bringing you home safely, thank the cook for a wonderful dinner and thank the guy who cleans your windows.

Also thank the mailman for bringing you your mails, thank the policeman for making your place safe and thank God for being alive.

News is stressful. Get less of it. Some people just can’t start their day without their daily dose of news. Try and think about it, 99% of the news we hear or read is bad news. Starting the day with bad news does not seem to be a sensible thing to do.

A religious connection is also recommended. Being part of a religious group with its singing, sacraments, chanting, prayers and meditations foster inner peace.

Manage your time. Time is invaluable and too important to waste. Time management can be viewed  as a list of rules that involves scheduling, setting goals, planning, creating lists of things to do and prioritizing.

These are the core basics of time management that should be understood to develop an efficient personal time management skill. These basic skills can be fine-tuned further to include the finer points of each skill that can give you that extra reserve to make the results you desire.

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Laugh and laugh heartily every day.  Heard a good joke? Tell your friends or family about it. As they also say -‘Laughter is the best medicine’.

Express your feelings, affections, friendship and passion to people around you. They will most likely reciprocate your actions.

Try not to keep pent up anger of frustrations, this is bad for your health. Instead find ways of expressing them in a way that will not cause more injury or hurt to anyone.

Working hard brings tremendous personal satisfaction. It gives a feeling of being competent in finishing our tasks.

Accomplishments are necessary for all of us and they give us a sense of value. Work on things that you feel worthy of your time.

Learning is a joyful exercise. Try and learn something new every day.  Learning also makes us expand and broaden our horizons and could also give us more opportunities in the future.

Run, jog, walk and do other things that your body was made for. Feel alive.

Avoid exposure to negative elements like loud noises, toxins and hazardous places.

These are the few simple things you can do every day to be happy.

And always remember the quote from Abraham Lincoln, he says that, “Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

 


POINTS TO REMEMBER

Genuine happiness comes from within

  • acceptance
  • contentment
  • exert effort to improve the quality of life
  • doing an making the best out of every single thing
  • willingness to stand up again and try
  • accept yourself and your own faults

Be Happy…Happy As You Want To Be

Choose to be happy!

  • Being grateful is a great attitude.
  • News is stressful. Get less of it.
  • A religious connection is also recommended.
  • Manage your time.
  • Laugh and laugh heartily every day.
  • Express your feelings, affections, friendship and passion to people around you.
  • Working hard brings tremendous personal satisfaction.
  • Learning is a joyful exercise.
  • Feel alive.
  • Avoid exposure to negative elements.

TAKEAWAY QUESTIONS

– What makes you happy?

– What makes you genuinely happy?

– What are your attitudes that contributes to your happiness?

– Do you choose to be happy?

– Are you depending your happiness from other people and circumstances?

– Does your happiness comes from within or from external circumstances?


 

 

How Health And Happiness Leads To Longer Life?

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The two most important things in life are health and happiness. These are two things which money cannot buy.

If you want happiness you have to reach inside, rely on your natural instincts and let them guide you.

Happy people are making specific choices regarding their thinking and behavior. Happy people consciously choose to think and behave in ways that result in happiness.

Unhappy people are unconsciously thinking and behaving in ways that create unhappiness.

Following are five of the specific choices that happy people make:

OPTIMISM

Happy people see the glass as half full, while unhappy people choose to be pessimistic – to see the glass as half empty. Optimistic thinking does not just happen – it is a choice regarding how you see life.

Optimistic people are optimistic because they CHOOSE to be optimistic. Instead of allowing their ego wounded self to be in charge with all its doom and gloom, happy people put their loving adult self in charge and open to the wonderful possibilities that life has to offer.

Happy people realize that their thinking is the beginning of a creative process that leads to manifestation. By thinking in positive ways, they move themselves to act in ways that manifest their dreams.

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KINDNESS

Happy people choose to be kind and compassionate toward themselves and others. Happy people have learned that how they treat themselves and others determines much of how they feel.

Happy people do not wait to be happy before being kind to themselves and others. They realize that their happiness is the RESULT of their caring behavior, not the CAUSE of it.

They are kind, caring and compassionate whether or not they feel like it. They have chosen this way of being, and their happiness is the result.

FORGIVENESS

Happy people do not harbor resentment toward others, even others who have been mean and hurtful toward them.

They realize that resentment makes them unhappy, so they choose to allow people their humanness and forgive them their hurtful behavior.

Because happy people tend not to take personally others’ uncaring behavior, they don’t get their feelings hurt in the same way that people do who take others’ behavior personally.

Happy people recognize that another’s behavior is really about that other person, so they move into compassion toward themselves and others rather than into judgment.

ACCEPTANCE

Happy people realize what they can control and what they can’t. They live by the Serenity Prayer, accepting the things they cannot change and changing the things they can.

Unhappy people are constantly trying to change people and circumstances and do not accept their lack of control. As a result, they are constantly frustrated.

Happy people realize they cannot control others and outcomes, so they focus on what they can control – their own thinking and behavior. Acceptance of what they can and cannot control leads to happiness and inner peace.

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GRATITUDE

Finally, happy people are consistently grateful for what they have, rather than complaining about what they don’t have.

They notice the many gifts and blessings that come their way and they frequently express gratitude for the everyday things in their lives – the beauty of nature, the food they eat, the smile on a friend’s face, their ability to see, hear, walk, talk.

Even many disabled people who may not have the blessings of eyesight, hearing, speech or legs are often happy people because they focus on what they do have and what they can do, rather than focusing on what they are missing out on.

If you want to be happy, then you need to recognize that happiness is the result of your thinking and behavior, not the cause of it.

If you choose to focus on becoming conscious of what thoughts and behavior make you feel happy, you can become a happy person – regardless of your present circumstances.

Happiness does not just happen – it takes work!

If you wish to live longer and healthier you have to conform to a healthy lifestyle, which is free of drugs, chemicals, substances, specific habits, behavior, and so on.

You have to work out to better the metabolic process, bones, joints, and muscles.

As  humans,  we  have to have  spiritual,  mental,  and  physical  nutrients  to  keep  us  fit  and strong. 

Spiritual  nutrients  include  prayer,  a  deeper  understanding  of  the  truths  from  the higher power,  and ongoing cleanliness of the mind and body.

The body is our temple and if we utilize substances, eat or drink bad junk, like too much alcohol or engage in injurious actions we’ll suffer misery, pitiable health, and our life will shorten.

A few of the things we do in life may cause us damage. If we don’t get proper rest it may over time induce heart issues, as well as additional health concerns.

You have to quit bad habits and begin fresh health patterns to move toward living healthier. Most individuals fail to see that the way they conduct themselves may cause tension, which makes them distressed.

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The beginning of every health plan is eating correctly, physical exertion and acquiring proper sleep.

When you stick with  healthy  foods  with  the  proper  vitamins  and  supplements  you will be able to  acquire  to  a healthier life.

One of the main issues today is that unhealthy ingredients are put into our food that’s touching the lives of millions. Among the reasons that obesity is increasing is due to things added to foods, which cause weight gain and cravings.

A lot of individuals listen to what they wish to hear and brush aside what they wish to avoid. Occasionally we have to look at the facts.

If you’re boozing excessively and your acquaintances or loved ones  tell  you  about  it,  hear   what  they’re  saying  as  you’re  not  only  wounding yourself, you’re likewise suffering the individuals you love.

The emotional reaction may turn into a damaging reaction, which may make an individual distressed. When an individual is distressed, it lessens lifespan, as well as wellness.

Among the ways to better your life and live happier is to discover how to listen.

When you discover how  to  listen  actively  you  cut down  separating,  jumping the gun,  daydreaming,  being disgruntled  and better your thinking.

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Learning to reword things may help to better communications with other people.

Frequently relationships come apart when inactive listening happens.

For example, when someone is upset they might strike out at someone emotionally. He, in turn, reacts negatively. This all leads to sadness and will cause ill health, successively shortening your lifespan.

Certainly, we all daydream or skip out for a moment, yet when we take it too far and utilize it as an attempt to escape the truth we’re only causing harm. If you wish to be happier you’ll need to get a grip on this sort of conduct and/or habit.

Among the basic issues we face nowadays are individuals failing to hear a whole story, or else  cutting  individuals  off  before  they’ve  time  to  finish  talking.  Frequently individuals miss the subject matter in the communication.

For example,  Joe suddenly  cut  Sue  off  when  she  was  telling  him  about  her  job .  Joe  didn’t  want  to  hear  about  her  issues,  so  he  swiftly  switched  the conversation to what he did that day.

This is disrespectful when all Sue wanted was a little of comfort and a possible consent to let her emotions and feelings show.

This   may   induce   deeper   issues.  Frequently messages in communication are missed. When an individual appeases they work to cut down anger, by stating things that please the other individual.

A different big issue is judging.

Scores of individuals judge and rarely do they sincerely get to know the individual they judge.

If you wish to live a happier life, quit judging other people. If you don’t wish to be judged, quit judging others. Bear in mind… Judge other people as you wish them to judge you.

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You’ve choices between good and bad.

If you’re seeking the good in somebody, you’ll most likely discover it. If you’re seeking the bad in somebody you’ll most likely discover it.

The option is yours. Regrettably,  from time to time  it  so  happens  that  the  bad  takes charge  in  people’s  lives, demolishing the good in them.

Many individuals think they read minds.  They frequently put words in the mouth of other people, instead of hearing what is really said to them. Don’t do it.

Behaviors,  thinking  formulas,  habits,  conduct,  and  the  like  requires  adjusting  to  living  a happier life. When you let bad behaviors dominate your mind, you’re injuring your health.

When you paraphrase during communication you summarize what is being stated. When you  reiterate  info  it  clears up  communication,  which  develops  a  much  richer relationship.

Let’s view an illustration to help you see how paraphrasing may reduce argument.

Sue:  John, I need to purchase a new dress for the approaching event.

John:          You want a new dress?

Sue:  Well, yes, I’d enjoy a new dress.

John:    You’re saying you wish to buy a new dress for the approaching event. So, are you asking me if it’s all right to purchase the dress? (Clarifying)

Sue:  Yes dear,

John: I’m fine with that. If you wish a new dress, purchase one.

Sue:  Thanks.

This is an easy paraphrase, yet you are able to see how it clears up the conversation. Paraphrasing will stop passive listening.  It will likewise rectify any allegations, suppositions, or misconstrued communication.

When you paraphrase you likewise make one another happy, since you’ll feel heard and noticed.

Communication works both ways and if you paraphrase you are able to cut down angry emotions, which frequently escalate when info is misconstrued. It’s a great way to better memory too.

When emotions are tumultuous, it bears on the heart, which frequently leads to mediocre health. If you wish to live happier, you have to control your emotions.  Clarifying is a way to command emotions.

Negativism   will   only   lead   to   ill health and   breakdown   in   relationships.   It leads to sadness and pessimistic thinking.  Essentially, negative energy (emotions) is self-denial.

It’s a huge problem that’s causing individuals to suffer. A few of the consequences of negative energy (emotional response) are a coronary failure, hypertension, strokes, heart attacks and so forth.

An individual with positive energy will reflect on other people, and frequently the energy will spread warmth. When you learn to formulate positive energy you’ll glitter like a star, which will make you feel pleased inside.

 


POINTS TO REMEMBER

5 Specific Choices that Happy People Make

1. Optimism
2. Kindness
3. Forgiveness
4. Acceptance
5. Gratitude

Happiness dos not just happen – it takes work!

As  humans,  we  have to have  spiritual,  mental,  and  physical  nutrients  to  keep  us  fit  and strong.

The beginning of every health plan is eating correctly, physical exercise and acquiring proper sleep.

Among the ways to better your life and live happier is to discover how to listen.

Learning to reword things may help to better communications with other people.

A different big issue is judging.

You have choices between good and bad.

TAKEAWAY QUESTIONS

– Is your health important to you?

– Is happiness important to you?

– Do you have a healthy lifestyle?

– What makes you happy?

– What are the things you do to make you happy?

– What are the things you avoid to be happy?


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Happiness in Love and Gratitude

 What makes you happy?

Every day, people buy too much stuff, eat too much food, and waste away their hours chasing after happiness…to no avail. They may find excitement or satiation, but true happiness still eludes them.

Each individual has their own definition of happiness. It maybe awkward or shallow to some but who are we to judge what makes one smile or what not.

Nevertheless, the sages of the past and experiences of thousands shout that happiness or genuine happiness never lies on material things and never rely it on other people or circumstances.

 

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Fortunately, happiness is really inexpensive and pretty simple to find, but that doesn’t mean that it comes easily.

However, if you’re bold and truly willing to commit to a few simple steps, happiness will be yours in just a short while.

 

Happiness Formula:

 

1. Quit Complaining.

The first step to finding happiness is to stop trying to find what’s wrong with the world around you. There’s plenty to complain about, but if you focus all of your attention there, you’ll never see the good stuff.

 

2. Choose To Live In Love.

Falling in love with the world (and people) around you is a sure step toward happiness…and it’s easy. Simply accept people for who they are, and choose to see the good in them. Don’t expect it…CHOOSE it…then express it.

 

3. Appreciate Everything.

Start expressing your gratitude every day. If you’d like, keep a gratitude journal and write down at least 3 things you’re grateful for every morning. Before long, you’ll have more things to appreciate than you can count.

 

Thus, pure bliss is in love and gratitude.

Happiness is a ‘now you feel it, now you don’t’ emotion. You might agree with this from your personal experience and from hearing of the experiences of others.

Sometimes, you might be very happy, other times, sad, joyful, contented, frustrated, and sometimes very neutral.

 

Find out what happiness really means to you?

1. Remember or create a ‘happy’ moment.

When you live the experience of ‘happy’ your mind and body will remember. Feel the happiness in all parts of you, expand this feeling if need be. Practice this daily.

 

2. Access the Present moment

Notice what happens to you when you’re totally focussed on a comedy show on television, when you listen to light hearted music or when you dance – even if it’s on your own. I sometimes groove to a tune in my office when no-one’s looking – it makes me feel good, cool, gives me a break from what I’m doing and I laugh at myself!

 

3. Invite friends over for some play time

Organise paper, crayons, paint, and colored pencils, whatever you can think of and do some drawings or paintings. You could also ask each person to bring along a plate of food.

 

4. Spend time with nature

Go for a walk down the beach or park. Observe wildlife in your area or visit a plant nursery. Notice your mood when amongst the spirit of nature.

 

5. Take something with you that gives you great pleasure 

Small things make you happy such as a book, journal for writing or your MP3 player or iPod player and sit and ‘Be’ under the canopies of trees for a few hours.

 

6. Learn something totally new

Study another language. Learn about pottery or painting or start your meditation, personal or spiritual development program. You’re only ever limited by your own imagination.

 

7. Join a club or group that interests you.

Socialize out there! You can then expand your friendship base with other like-minded souls.

 

With any of the above activities assess what and how you’re feeling as well as where you feel the emotion and how much are you laughing, grinning, or smiling?

Remember them totally by living the experience and you will then be able to recall this memory when you want to.

Quiet time spent alone can open the door to the possibility of connection to that most amazing and magical part of you that is your true self, the spirit within.

Becoming happy may mean “looking like a fool” or changing a lot of your current habits, but I promise you…it sure beats the alternative.

 

What can YOU do to create more happiness in your life TODAY?

 

 

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