Four Keys To A Happy Life

a happy lifeMost of us do a good job of postponing our happiness. If you find yourself often saying something like, “I’ll be happy when…” then here are four keys to a happy life that you can use NOW and not WHEN to be happy today!

Four Keys to a Happy Life

  1. Find Contentment. – There is a great difference between having what you need in life and having what you want and often we depend on the idea of the things that we want are going to be the things that will make us happy. Studies have proven that after one’s basic needs are satisfied, additional income does little to advance one’s happiness. Learn to be happy with what you have instead of tying your happiness to “stuff” and “things.”
  2. Ditch Envy. – Envy can be defined as “the painful or resentful awareness of an advantage enjoyed by someone else, accompanied by a desire to possess the same advantage.” Envy is corrosive to happiness as it can take over you life as you are always focused on what you don’t have (lack) and more on what others have (resentment.) Envy will prevent you from enjoying the good things in life and will squash any feelings of gratitude for life’s many gifts and doing that is hardly conducive to a happy life.
  3. Focus On Other People. – If you want a happy life then focus a little more on helping others rather than just helping yourself. To quote an old Chinese proverb, “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.”
  4. Become Resilient. – Nobody has a problem free life and the general rule is that you cannot have the good without the bad. It is in the most challenging moments in life when we have to be strong that we find out just how strong and resilient we are. Being resilient will help you to get through hard times and bounce back from adversity. In addition, when you are resilient, others who are might be experiencing the same issues may be inspired by your example. (It’s back to the helping other people thing.)

A happy life is not based solely on our achievements or what we acquire in our lives. Each of us is unique and what makes you happy may not make someone else happy and vice versa. Yet, some things are more associated with a happy life such as finding contentment, avoiding envy, service to others, as well as building mental and emotional resilience.

Besides these four tips, do you have any other ideas or practices that help you to have a happy life?

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – A Certified Life Coach In Aspen Colorado

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Photo By Andy Wooten 08 January 2016

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