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7 ways on how to find happiness within yourself

Stuti SinghLast Seen: Dec 7, 2023 @ 9:35am 9DecUTC
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We all want to be happy and do things that we truly connect with. But we have gotten so comfortable with sadness that it has become too hard to find happiness, and we seek others or rely our happiness on other people’s emotions and then search on Google ‘how to find happiness within yourself?’

Often people tell you to have a ‘positive outlook’ on life and get you in a state of forced positive thinking which often makes it worse. The more you try not to think about negative thoughts, the more you will find yourself clinging to them.

As much as you try to escape from reality, it won’t change the fact that you have to face your ‘problems’ and take certain actions towards them.  

But to ‘seek’ happiness is something I’m skeptical about and would suggest setting some simple yet practical goals instead which will have happiness as a side-effect.

7 ways on how to find happiness within yourself

1. Improve your self-esteem

Yeah, well, everyone says that but how do you do that?

You step outside your comfort zone and set some goals to work on, and then you put in the work and see the rewards of the work you have done or the things you have accomplished, and you will see yourself basking in mental satisfaction.

Celebrate your every win, be it big or small, and stop comparing yourself to others.

Stop being so harsh on yourself. Whenever you find yourself saying, “I’m so stupid to not have seen it coming” swap it with “I’m glad I discovered it now.” Because, better late than never, right?

2. Improve your agreeability

This is different from being a people pleaser. It just means that you improve your level of empathy and compassion and understand things from other person’s perspectives.

And most importantly, try to get rid of that ‘victim mentality’. It’s always easier to blame others for your actions, or your mood (sadness per se).

But when you start being more empathetic, you take control of your reactions and emotions and become responsible for them.

3. Move your body

Go for a walk, set some ‘step goals’, and find any activity you love that will allow your body to move and be healthy.

Play the sports that you’ve been watching on TV since childhood. Dance with your friends. Join that Zumba class.

Just get your body moving.

It not only helps you physically but also improves your mental health and your attention.

4. Improve your relationships

It might sound contradictory for finding happiness within ‘yourself’ but it’s one of the aspects of your life where you find yourself lurking into sadness because of your expectations of people.

And it may be a complicated thing to do, especially ‘fixing’ your relationships with your partner or your friends and family or getting rid of the toxic situationships.

Do exciting things with them. And do it often. Say positive things to them, at least 5 times more than the negative things, and make them feel valued. Know that they are heard.

Try to outweigh any of their negative traits with more positive qualities and you will know why they are your people.

5. Develop a habit of gratitude

Take some time out of your day to reflect upon it and to be grateful for the happy memories.

You can do this in your mind or on a piece of paper, more traditionally, in a journal. Think about 5 things you are grateful for at the end of each day.

This will allow you to work on your negative feelings as well and you will find things that truly give you joy.

6. Avoid materialism

It simply means being focused on materialistic stuff and thinking of those things as an end goal for happiness.

It’s nice to have those lavish possessions and maybe you even work hard for them. But you have to determine whether it makes you more satisfied or steals away your happiness.  

To understand it better, take note of your purchasing (shopping) patterns and try to give away your possessions or sell them if you don’t need them.

7. Practice mindfulness and meditation

Taking care of yourself is the most important thing to do, and this can be done by mindfulness and meditation.

Dedicate a few moments of your day and try being present. Give yourself some space to breathe and focus on the things you are grateful for. If you don’t know where you should start, you can practice guided meditation or sleep meditation.

Stuti SinghLast Seen: Dec 7, 2023 @ 9:35am 9DecUTC

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