Stop Hoping for Happiness Tomorrow

Instead, use one of these 5 techniques to create it today.

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Happiness is fleeting

As an emotion, happiness is fleeting. As much as you’d like to imagine you have control over it, that’s not really the case.

Torn between worlds

We’re often caught between two worlds.

Stepping off the treadmill

It turns out that happier people are more productive and successful than people who are not.

#1 Be Grateful

Gratefulness is often overlooked as something that will bring us happiness. Yet, study after study has shown that if you spend a couple of minutes a day focusing on things you are grateful for and why, you will become happier.

#2 Be Selfless

Giving time, money, and things away to others is a proven method of increasing your overall level of well-being. Humans are programmed to feel good about themselves when they are generous, helpful, and altruistic. So, for no good reason, give something up for someone else today.

#3 Be Mindful

Mindfulness and meditation have been gaining a lot of traction in recent years. This is because there is tons of exciting research showing they can have a powerful impact on your state of mind, including your happiness. Take a couple of minutes each day to focus on your breathing. Watch your in- and out-breaths as closely as you can. When your mind wanders (and it will!), gently bring your attention back to your breath without judgment.

#4 Be Accepting

Life is crazy. Sometimes it goes the way we want it to, but often it doesn’t. How we internalize these events is important to our happiness. If we accept that much of life is outside of our control, we can release ourselves from some of the guilt, shame, and embarrassment that plague our lives. But, critically, acceptance doesn’t mean giving up, giving in, or rolling over. Rather, it is a mindset of accepting the present conditions as they are, and moving forward given those conditions.

#5 Be Connected

We are social creatures. We care about connecting with others and it brings us happiness to foster those connections. Intentionally reach out to others, whether at work or home, and develop those relationships. Genuine and open relationships with others can foster lasting happiness.

Will you create happiness today?

As backward as it sounds, you have everything you need to bring more happiness, peace, and contentment into your life.

Following my curiosity and hoping it will lead me to wisdom. I write about science, meditation, and spirituality.

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