Everyone wants to be happy. We try to fill our lives with things that we think will foster this happiness. It could be flash cars; it could be the biggest TV or even a wardrobe full of clothes we will never wear. But sometimes, no amount of material possessions can fix feelings of unhappiness, and when this is the case, it’s time to start looking within. We’re all prone to struggling with the Blues at some point, so here are some ways to help you achieve the changes and make your happiness permanent.
Getting Motivated, Staying Motivated
Who hasn’t struggled with motivation? It’s fair to say that no matter how much you want to do something, you’ve had issues with getting started and remaining on task. With the right motivation, you feel invincible. You will reflect this in whatever you’re doing.
Whether it’s working out or completing projects you’ve put off for far too long, the feeling of accomplishment you will get when finishing them will give you a positive boost, and this can lead to increased happiness, even if you only think it’s something small.
Spending More Time with Family
Spending time with your family and friends is good for you, even if it’s a few hours a week. You can’t sit around all day waiting for a phone call, so it’s better to put yourself out there.
It doesn’t even need to stop at family and friends. Any human interaction can help, so do what you can to have this interaction, even if it’s running to the store to stock up on milk and cookies.
But Also Finding Time for Yourself
While spending time with others is good, though, you will also need time alone. You can be with friends and family all the time, but this won’t give you the right time to recharge. Some people prefer to hang out alone, while others need to be with others to feel energized, so make sure you balance this adequately to find something that works for you.
When alone, you can focus on yourself. You can meditate, write, read, paint, or clean the house (or do a little of everything). This helps you with a routine and makes you feel more organized and, in turn, happier.
Accepting You Are the Problem
It’s easy to blame others for your problems and unhappiness, but sometimes it is you that is the problem. This is arguably the most difficult thing to admit. Still, if you recognize you have issues that affect others, such as anger management issues or substance dependency, then you must take steps to fix it.
The best way to do this is to seek professional help if it is available. Look for a reputable drug detox center or therapist in your area and sign up for treatment. You might find that it is this that helps all your unhappiness disappear.
Happiness Around the Corner
Happiness is not something that will magically sprout and bloom overnight. Like anything worth having, it needs work. By taking baby steps towards finding what makes you happy and what keeps you happy, you can find it around the corner, regardless of how far away that corner seems right now.