17 Jan 10 basic rules to follow for happiness
by Johanna Castro
Happiness they say, is a state of mind.
Great riches, the mansion, a swanky boat and a fancy car won’t necessarily make you happy, nor will a life completely without work. In fact, many of the suggested routes to happiness that we’re fed by the powers that be are leading us to early graves and fits of depression.
The basic rules of happiness are quite simple, and here are 10 easy to follow rules that you need to learn in order to be happy.
1. Turn Your Happiness Switch to ‘On’
We are all born with a happiness switch. Remember when you were younger and you’d race home from school with a heart full of joy just because school was out?
Think back to what made you happy as a child and you’ll probably find it was the small mini-experience that made your heart race, rather than the big wondrous experiences we crave as we get older.
Find that small happiness switch within you and keep it turned ‘on’ to your own happiness level, always.
2. Understand that Happiness is a Journey not a Destination
We’ve all been given a magic book; the book of life. It has a beginning, a middle and an end.
Make sure you focus on fulfillment and enjoy the journey of your story. Live every page, and savor every word, just make sure to live each day as if it were your last.
3. Learn How to Cope with Frustration
Remember that total control in life is not an option and we all get frustrated for different reasons about different things. A basic rule of happiness is to be able to raise your frustration tolerance and this means letting go of being in control. Too much control kills happiness and feeds frustration.
4. Live in the Moment and Embrace the Present
There’s no use in waiting for tomorrow to arrive, hoping that it will bring you more of what makes you happy. Today is all you have, right now is all you have and you need to find ways to be happy in this moment. Enjoy your family, live your dreams, let your imagination soar, whatever it takes because this is your journey.
If you’re banking on winning the lottery to make you happy, you’re probably on the wrong track for happiness…
…keep reading the full list of happiness rules HERE