how to be happy and live a purposeful life
Learning how to be happy will be a different journey for everyone because everyone views happiness differently. Happiness is less about the things you obtain and more about who you become. So, if you find yourself on a mission to discover the path to happiness specifically for you these tips will surely help you in the process. Once you are able to define what happiness is to you, you will be able to live a more purposeful and fulfilled life.
1.) Get Serious About What You Want In Life
Yep! You read that right. It’s time to get to the nitty gritty about what makes your soul feel ALIVE. As the old adage goes…
“If you don’t know where you’re going any road will take you there.” heck even the good Lord says it himself. “Write the vision down and make it plain.” Habakkuk 2:2
So you must get sure on what it is you want so that you can work towards it every day. You cannot go through life aimlessly and expect to get your desired result. So, it’s time to make a plan.
What to do:
Schedule an hour for yourself on a weekend or on a day when your least distracted. Envision how your life would look if it were everything you dreamed of. Now I’m not talking about just materialistic stuff. You can surely add that stuff in, but you also want to include the emotional side of things. How would you feel on the inside. What would your relationships look like? What types of goals would you pursue? The most important thing here is Write it down! Then stick it somewhere you can see it everyday.
2.) Invest in building your confidence and self-esteem
If I can say for sure what one of the secrets to success is it would be these two things right here.
Many times we believe that we have to be perfect, and have all of the answers before we can begin anything new.
What few realize is that confidence is doing things in spite of how we feel. However, it is first put in action by a belief in ourselves to be able to be resourceful, learn, and grow. This is where self esteem comes in.
Never get tired of improving you, and I would recommend that everyone do whatever it takes to build a strong sense self confidence and self esteem.
These two things will give you the courage to take action after you have decided what you actually want in life.
It is not enough to just write a vision down you must act on it. However, you need to develop yourself to a point where you can muster the courage to do so.
3.) Identify What skills you will need to develop when learning how to be happy.
Now, in my opinion there are many different types of life skills. Some skills are practical while some are fostered by learning through life itself.
On your journey to living purposefully, you will need both. However, it’s truly important to understand that happiness is not a destination. The reason for this is because if you base happiness on what you are trying to obtain then once you reach that goal you will be in a state of unhappiness again until you hit the next achievement.
Now, this is not meant to contradict the number one step in this post because you need to understand what you want in life. Although happiness should be found in pursuing that not achieving that.
If you are on a journey to what you truly desire in life you will have no choice but to have fulfillment along the way because you will be living with a purpose.
Now, will there be difficult times? Sure…but you will also learn so many lessons that will allow you to become the person it requires to attract what you desire.
So, what skills will you need? Here is a list of some places to start.
4.) Understand that happiness and purpose is an inside job.
One of the keys to learning how to be happy is understanding whose responsibility it is.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the cavalry is not coming to save you. This life is 100% up to you. However, it is when you truly understand your power that is when a transformation in you will begin.
Many of us point our fingers to outside factors when trying to figure out who to put the blame on when life isn’t going how we expect it to.
Although, there are many times in life where unwanted circumstances are out of our control. However, it is our responsibility to choose how we will react to them.
5.) find out how you can be of service to others
This one right HERE! Listen, I know we are individuals in a dog eat dog world. However, nothing pleases the heart more than figuring out how you can use your purpose to be of service to others.
The truth is this is what life is about. We were created to help each other even though at times it doesn’t appear that many believe that.
I once heard a statement that I found so true and amazing. That statement was that giving to others is actually more exciting to the giver than the receiver.
Think about it this way…
Have you ever planned a surprise birthday party or someone? What about bought someone a gift that they didn’t know about?
If you think back on that event weren’t you actually more excited about revealing it to them than they were once they found out?!
This is the beauty of making others smile. So in your quest to learn how to be happy make sure it includes others too.
6.) Don't quit before the blessing
Resilience makes us unstoppable! Let me be the first to say that you benefit more from what you learn on the journey than you will from what you achieve. However, you must go far enough to find that out.
Decide what you want, and then commit to going for it no matter what! The time will pass anyway, and the world needs your purpose.
Which one of the tips above will you start on first? Comment below.
So Many Blessings,