Are you Happy?

Are you a happy person? If the answer is “yes”, what is it about your life that makes you happy? Is it your friends, your family? Do you fill your life with things that give you pleasure and satisfaction? Do you see the glass as half full instead of half empty? If the answer is “No”, then it’s time to dig deep and do a little soul-searching. Time to figure out the obstacles in your life that are standing in the way of your happiness.

Studies show that about 50 percent of happiness is innate and 50 percent is something we choose.  Trying to be a happier person won’t necessarily happen overnight, but it is something that you can work on, once you identify what it is that is making you unhappy.

If you aren’t quite sure where to start, begin by taking stock of your life – the people in it, your living situation, your health, your work environment, your hobbies and recreation activities. Make a list of the pros and cons of each. For each of the “cons”, ask yourself if there is something that you can do to change it to become a “pro”.  If the answer is “yes”, then make a plan on how to realistically accomplish this task. If the answer is “no”, then ask yourself if you can find a way to live with it without being unhappy. Sometimes it just takes forcing a smile or finding something positive (albeit small) to start to turn things around.

Becoming a happier person is something we all should strive for. It doesn’t happen overnight, but it can become a reality if you plot a course and stick with it. Smile – now don’t you feel happier?

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