Countless times we try to pursue happiness forgetting that happiness cannot be pursued. It must ensue. You are just as happy as you make up your mind to be. As easy as it sounds, when you make up your mind to be happy, you will be happy. Happiness is a deliberate act. If you always wait for others to make you happy, you will always be disappointed when they don’t meet up to your expectations. If you can learn to be happy without the help of others, you will find true peace within you.
Follow these 5 simple rules of happiness, and you won’t need anyone to make you happy ever again.
1. Free your heart from hatred.
Hatred is a disease that can pollute your heart, soul and body. Hate is a very strong emotion that causes more harm than good. When your heart is full of hatred, it can crush your spirit and have a negative impact on your health. You can never truly be happy when hatred still resides within you heart. Learn to free your heart from hatred, because if you don’t, it will weaken you emotionally and make your body more susceptible to sickness and diseases by compromising your immune system.
2. Free your mind from worries.
Worrying is a complete waste of your time. It does nothing but steal your happiness and keep you busy doing nothing. Life is full of ups and downs and sometimes things can get really bad that one can’t help but worry about their situation. The more you worry about the thing stressing you out, the more it gets difficult to overcome. No matter the situation you find yourself, always keep a positive attitude. Learn to free your mind from worries and focus on the things you can control. By focusing on the thing you can control, you avoid falling into the trap of hopelessness.
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3. Live simple.
Living simple is the best way to live your life. Life is really simple, but most times we insist on making it complicated. The secret of happiness if not found in seeking more, but in being content with the little you have. Learn to live simple. As you simplify your life, you will be surprised to discover how uncomplicated and happy your life can become. You don’t really need a lot of things to make you happy. Happiness comes from within. As you live a simple life without stress or worries, you will be happy and at peace with yourself.
4. Give more.
The more you give, the more you get and the happier your life will be. Always remember that it is more blessed to give than to receive. Some people still find it hard to understand the principles of giving. Some people think that giving more will leave them empty and unhappy, but it is actually the opposite. You can make a living by what you get, but if you truly want to make a happy life, you must learn to give more. Don’t give sparingly, for the measure you give out will be the same measure you receive. Giving is an important rule to live by for a happy life.
5. Expect less.
I have gotten to understand that people create their own heartbreaks through expectation. Like earlier said, if you always wait for others to make you happy, you will always be disappointed when they don’t meet up to your expectations. When you learn to expect less from people, you won’t feel let down when they don’t come through with their promises. The same principles apply to life situations. When you expect too much from an outcome and it doesn’t go as planned, it could leave you feeling disillusioned. Expect less from people and situations and learn to take life just as it is; in doing so, you won’t feel heartbroken when things go sideways.
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