Here are six surefire ways to create a life that abounds with happiness, starting right now:
Rather than looking to someone else for fulfillment, take a good look at yourself. Show your own self some love and think of the gifts you provide the world. Focus on what you have and accept it rather than complaining about what you may lack. You will become a happier person.
Choose a Career Based on Your Passion
Many people pick a career based on what other people want them to do with their lives or solely because of the size of the paycheck. Instead, choose a job that you have a hunger for, as you will enjoy going to work every day – and it won’t feel like work anymore. Just ask Mummy Mthembu-Fawkes.
Surround Yourself with Encouragers
Do your friends and family encourage you? If they do, and if they are positive people, then you are more likely to feel upbeat and joyful. Also, treasure the people who are around you; when you make others feel good, their happy energy can radiate back on you and help you to smile too.
Seek Out Nature
Connecting with nature can be a wonderful way to refresh your spirit and feel more hopeful. Strolling along the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town, for example, can reinvigorate your senses and bring you enlightenment. Time seems to slow down as you are no longer worrying about deadlines or stress when you surround yourself with nature.
Get More Sleep
To increase your level of happiness, you will need to get enough sleep. Aim for an average of 7-9 hours a night. Research shows that not getting enough sleep can make you less optimistic. We’d much rather you look on the bright side, so you better attend to those necessary zzzs.
Being happy is a choice rather than a magical state of mind that affects some lucky people. Choose to be happy and remember to make that choice every single day. Then, you will be happy, without needing any magic wand.