So here’s a thought: what if we are overcomplicating our lives? We search for purpose, security, meaning, fulfilment, when underlying all of that what we really want is happiness.
A sunflower naturally tilts it’s head toward the sun, but for us humans life has become very complicated. We are constantly bombarded by negative news, and held to standards that are unattainable both by ourselves, and others. Happiness is a choice, but sometimes it seems unattainable.
Research in Positive Psychology has shown that we are sharper, more creative, have better memory, are more productive, healthier and better at social interactions when we are happier. What I have found from my own experience, and that of my clients, is that happiness is also the gateway to all kinds of other great feelings like confidence, empowerment, energy, focus. And let’s face it, it just feels good to be happy.
Three Things You Can Do Now To Be Happier:
- Seek out positive people and spend time with them. Connection to others is a powerful tool for happiness.
- Become a ‘happiness detective‘ looking for things that make you happy and doing more of them. Sprinkle your day with happy moments.
- Simplify. Pick a small area in your home like a counter-top or a bedside table and get rid of everything that you don’t love or need. You will feel lighter and happier.