I remember back in high school; my teacher told me that happiness is a state of mind. At the time, it was hard to comprehend.
I viewed happiness as an emotion that could change depending on the specific circumstance I was going through.
When someone asked me if I was happy, my mind would go back to a moment when I was celebrating or going out.
I believe I won’t be wrong if I say most of us think of happiness the same way. However, it shouldn’t be like that.
True happiness is much more than memorable moments.
Happiness is a state of mind, and you can choose to be happy.
In this article, I will show you why it is a state of mind and how you can be happy.
What is Happiness?
First, ask yourself, what is happiness?
According to a psychology researcher, Sonja Lyubomirsky, “happiness is the experience of joy, contentment, or positive well-being, combined with a sense that one’s life is good, meaningful, and worthwhile.”
From this definition, happiness is more than just moments.
It is about the positive emotions that come with happiness plus the more profound sense of life.
With that in mind, your happiness should not be dependent on another person or moment. Happiness is an inside job.
Although it is nice to have people who make you happy, you will never be truly happy if you put your happiness dependent on them.
You should be in control of how you feel about anything.
The First Step To Finding Happiness
The first thing you should do in the journey of finding happiness is loving yourself.
When you love yourself, you will not wait for anyone to love you and make you happy.
Once you love yourself, it will be easier to practice other things that will help you achieve true happiness because you will be doing it for YOU.
How Can We Be Happy?
The truth is, being happy is not hard work. Just like a rose does not struggle to be pretty, you should not work too hard to be happy.
Always remember that happiness is about the inside and who you are. That said, happiness is always available, and here are a few things that can help you achieve true happiness.
• Ask yourself if you are thinking positively. Asking yourself if you are consistently thinking positively will help you always focus on the good things, and that’s a vital step towards true happiness.
• Practice gratitude: There is evidence that you will be a happier person if you practice gratitude.
Thanking others, nature, and the Almighty can enlighten your mind and make you happier.
• Celebrate your successes, even the smallest ones. Take a win on your milestones, and this will play a vital role in your search for happiness.
• Practice yoga and meditation. According to www.healthline.com, yoga and meditation can release stress, anxiety and release endorphins, making you happier.
Happiness Is A State Of Mind
You can do many things to achieve happiness, but always remember that happiness is an inside job.
It is how you set your mind that will determine if you will remain happy or stressed.
Try to think positively, practice gratitude, celebrate your successes, and practice yoga and meditation.