Regardless of who we are, where we’re from, where we’re going, or how much sugar we put in our coffee – we’re all after the same thing… happiness. The more, the better, right? One of the most searched for things online is, “How to be happy.”
Before we get to the bright, beautiful infographic, I just want to say a few quick things about happiness.
- One of the surest ways to be unhappy is to focus all of your thoughts on, “I wish I were happier..” By saying the words, you’re pretty much telling every fiber of your being that you are unhappy or are not “happy enough.” Not healthy.
- A sure fire way to find unhappiness is to look for it. If you tend to look for the negatives in life, you will find them – and then won’t have any idea what to do with them! Look for the good, seek out the beautiful, and trend toward things that make you smile.
- Never set yourself up for disappointment by over-expecting. This is where many people snag their sweater on the fence. Don’t wake up on Tuesday morning, for example thinking, “Each of my children are going to call me today, my spouse is going to take me to my favorite restaurant for dinner, and my cat is going to be in the cuddliest mood of her life.” When you set your expectations too high (and a cat in an uber cuddly mood is sky high), you’re only inviting disappointment and disappointment never feels good.
- Take a good look around. Even if you’re the only one in the house, there are dishes in the sink, and the cat’s in a horrifyingly bad mood – life is still beautiful. You’re still alive, there are still a billion reasons to smile and… let’s face it, a clingy cat would just be weird.