What to Do (and What Not to Do) to Be Happy

what to do to be happy
“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.”
Denis Waitley

Happiness is one of the simplest things in life, and yet we complicate it so much.

To be happy is to decide to be happy. To let go of past and future, and simply be here. To appreciate what’s around you and thank for it every day. Happiness is in everything we do and have, and all the opportunities around us.
In other words, it’s already here, and we don’t need to try hard to reach it, look for it in outer stimulus, or change anything so that we can have it.

But if you still want to be a little more happy and enjoy life more, here are the dos and don’t of happiness:

That’s a guest post I wrote for Pick The Brain.
You can read the whole article here.

5 Things to Start (and Stop Doing) Today to Be Happy

  1. Be present.

Live in the now, don’t go back to the past or worry and prepare for the future. The former is gone and can’t be changed, the latter is uncertain and there’s nothing you can do but look forward to it and be positive.

2. Let go.

Unhappy people hold onto things, keep grudges, get too attached. But true freedom and contentment can only be found by letting go.

3. Surround yourself with happy people.

Spend time with negative ones, and you’ll become one. But if you want to focus on the good side of life, look for the passionate individuals that are smiling all the time.

4. Do what you love.

There are things you enjoy doing, and things you don’t. Do everything possible to only dedicate time to what you’re passionate about and believe in, and eliminate the rest.

5. Accept.

Life will be much easier if you’re alright with things the way the are, don’t try to take control of what can’t be controlled, and stop trying to change people.

What else makes you happy? And what will you do today to feel like that?

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