How To Be Successful In Life – Make Happiness A Habit
Can Happiness Be A Habit?
The majority of people would say that what they want most from life is to be happy. But what is happiness and can it be more than just a fleeting emotion? Can it be nurtured and sustained and made to last for longer? Perhaps it can, but the truth is that people are rarely logical about how they seek to become happy and maintain it.
You would probably say that a goal that is worth aiming for requires planning and a sustained effort to achieve it. Why then – if happiness is so important to you – do you rarely think about what would make you happy and set out to achieve those objectives and ultimately become happier?
If you made a list of the things that you wished for that you thought could improve your life, then added notes beside each of them, detailing the amount of time and effort you put into achieving each one each one, you would probably be shocked and surprised at how little commitment you put into achieving happiness and how little sustained logic there is in the methods you use to attempt to achieve happiness. No wonder you don’t get it!
Change that right now. Just stop what you’re doing – stop reading this – and think about what makes you happy.
Ok – so now you’ve thought about what it is that would make you happy and you’re back to reading this article. Now here’s something else to tax your brain with – has it ever occurred to you to actively go out and pursue happiness? Happiness isn’t just some random act that either befalls you or doesn’t – and then only fleetingly.
You can make yourself happy – and you can do it right now. Once you know how to create your own happiness you can do it again and again – any time you want to. Do it on the train, in the office, at the dinner table – go on – bring on that happiness and make people wonder why you are smiling.
Anyone can do it. Only you need is a little bit of imagination.
Here is what you do. You start living in the present instead of the past or the future. You stop yourself wishing it could be like it was when you were young and first in love, or worrying about that meeting you have to go tomorrow, and you start to focus on today – this moment – this place: just where you are now.
Feel your breathing slowing down and your heart rate decreasing. You will feel your blood pressure lower and you will naturally feel more relaxed. You may even smile right then, just from that great feeling. But you can do more. Think of something good in your life, something that made you feel happy – just one simple thing like your child’s hug or the patch of sunlight streaming through the window. Focus on it for a while and feel yourself become happy. Then when you are ready, return totally to reality but bring that happy feeling with you into your normal life.
You can use this technique whenever and wherever you want to. So use it. Make happiness a habit and let people wonder why you’re smiling. You’ll have a lot to smile about.
To your success,
Andy Shaw – A Bug Free Mind