Are you happy? Really happy? What does it mean to be happy? What is happiness anyway? It is subjective or is there some sort of baseline? According to Dr. Rahim Kanji, “It’s that feeling of contentment; a place in your life without internal struggle/pain where life just feels…right!” How would you define your own happiness? Dr. Kanji continues, “Happiness then is not the upward motion of this roller coaster ride. It is the seat you chose to ride on through that journey.” For years it would seem that our definitions and expectations of happiness have come from outside ourselves. So, what is happiness really all about? Here are 10 ways to redefine happiness right now. With these tools, you’ll find more fulfillment in what you already have and feel less obligated to pursue another person’s vision of what happiness might or might not be. The point is, you can actually learn how to be happy. Or at least happier. Here’s how.
1. Get Real
Figure out what makes you happy. Were you told that you should work hard and make lots of money so you can afford the very ‘best’ possessions? Most of us were, but it turns out that this is not something that makes very many people happy. Dr. Swati Rao Shiv says, “The struggle for success that we undertake from childhood is a struggle for happiness. We are conditioned into thinking from our childhood that if we pursue success, we would automatically get happiness.”
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