Being happy is not just about feeling good. Research shows that it also makes us healthier, more productive – and nicer. We are emotional beings and experience a wide range of feelings on a daily basis. Negative emotions – such as fear and anger – help us to get away from danger or defend ourselves. And positive emotions – such as enjoyment and hope – help us to connect with others and build our capacity to cope when things go wrong. Trying to live a happy life is not about denying negative emotions or pretending to feel joyful all the time. We all encounter adversity and it’s completely natural for us to feel anger, sadness, frustration and other negative emotions as a result.
Happiness is about being able to make the most of the good times – but also to cope effectively with the inevitable bad times, in order to experience the best possible life overall. Rather than success being the key to happiness, research shows that happiness could in fact be the key to success. There is even evidence that happiness is contagious, so that happier people help others around them to become happier too. The pursuit of happiness is not some fluffy nice-to-have or middle-class luxury; it’s about helping people to live better lives and creating a society that is more productive, healthy and cohesive. As Aristotle said: “Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.”
There is a time in your life when you start asking yourself if you are happy. It is not a matter of relationships, men, family, business or friends. I think it’s something about you and your deep feelings. There are many things you can do to be happy and find an inner balance, one of them is to always find the strength to smile. After you wake up and hop in the shower – do something that makes you feel good. Find your smile within the first 30 minutes of waking up – this is an amazing therapy to start a brand new day. Learn to see beyond the imperfections; happy people understand that life isn’t going to be flawless. They don’t judge others – in fact, they love almost everyone they come in contact with. They look for the good in their co-workers, their family members and even in themselves.
It is true that your environment around you can make you who you are. Did you know if you are constantly with negative people, you are more likely to become negative too? This means that it is always a good idea to find happy people and stay with them. As women, often times we feel like we have so much to do. Give yourself a break. Take the time to smell the roses. Don’t feel like you need to do everything in one day. Happy people don’t compare themselves to others. They know who they are and they do their things at their own paces. Do what is best for you!
The only way to get through life is to laugh your way through it. You either have to laugh or cry. I prefer to laugh. Crying gives me a headache. We really do have two choices in every situation – choose the high road – smile, laugh and make the best of it.
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