How To Be Happy

If you're reading this article you're probably not a super happy person; or maybe you think you should be happier in life than you actually are. You can surround yourself with family and friends, and rediscover the importance of social capital—the value you get from making personal connections with people in your community (see Social Capital ). And because you no longer feel compelled to buy more Stuff, you can use your money to save for things that truly matter.

You're true to yourself only when you follow your inner light, when you listen to what Ralph Waldo Emerson called the still, small voice within.” You're being the very best person you can be only when you have the courage and the fortitude to allow your definition of true happiness, whatever it may be, to be the guiding light of every part of your life.

Visualize yourself happy, doing the things that will bring you inner and outer success in life and write down the things you need to do to create a Happiness Bucket List. But as you'll see in the next section, because we've been conditioned to believe that more money brings more happiness, most people reach the peak of the Fulfillment Curve and then keep on spending.

Who makes you happy, who loves, respects and appreciates you and who makes you want to be a better person? One good way to be happy is focus on positive things and create things. Yes, money can't buy happiness, but it can make you less unhappy and less under pressure.

One way to remind yourself of the positive things that life has to offer is to indulge yourself in whatever it is you love. Countries you'd expect to be happy — those with strong economies and quality of life — are still pretty happy, even though many fell short of the top 10 and could improve policies to make their citizens even happier.

I would like to end this post with a slideshare presentation: the 14 main keys to happiness and to a Happy Life. Personal goals are so critical to financial success that you'll spend all of Chapter 2 learning how to set them. You need to spend time outdoors at least an hour a day.

The fact that we tend to do this twice a day, five days a LOA week, makes it unsurprising that its effect would build up over time and make us less and less happy. Conscious spending means prioritizing: putting your money toward the things you love—and cutting costs mercilessly on the things you don't.

Don't work a job you hate just to buy a bunch of shit you don't need Don't hang out with a bunch of people who drag you down when you can hang out with one person who makes you feel good. The same was true in a study of Ohio homeowners in which it turned out they weren't any happier with their lives than renters.

Okay, the other lives all had weaknesses so you're probably wondering what the catch is with this one… It's not as immediately pleasurable as The Pleasant Life. Leading a stressful life hinders our efficiency and lessens our ability to live a healthy and happy life.

We may feel like we have to have the perfect turkey, family, presents and life, but reality just can't match up - especially if we're worrying where we're going to find the money to pay for it all or fretting over some family strife that's preventing those cheery scenes of togetherness from happening,” says psychologist Rhona Clews ().

Don't spend your free time feeling bad about things that have happened. And people who were emotionally closer to the pets also tended to have deeper ties to the humans in their lives. You can make adjustments starting today that will instantly help you feel better, think more clearly, and live more effectively.

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