Lessons learned about happiness…the hard way

Lessons learned about happiness…the hard way

Life's not always easy. 

But life can always be educational. 

If we learn from the tough times and from our mistakes then even adversity can lead to happiness and success. 

In this thought provoking and inspirational article from MindBodyGreen Kyle V Robinson shares some happiness lessons learned doing it tough…

It’s been a long, and still ongoing, journey for me to realize what life is about and how to be happy. Like many teenagers, I was rebellious, and I took it to the extreme. I was heavily involved in drugs and the wrong group of friends. I was arrested more times than I can count, spent time in drug rehab, and took six years to graduate high school.

There's a light at the end of this tunnel, though, because I eventually did graduate college, then graduated law school and passed the bar. I now own two business and advocate ultra-running, a healthy lifestyle, and inspiring others.

So how did I turn myself around? Well, looking back, I can point to 12 lessons I learned the hard way about how to lead a happy and fulling life:

1. Give people a second chance.

If it wasn’t for the second, third, or even fourth chances that I've received from others, I wouldn't be where I am today. Sometimes it takes a few times to catch on. Giving someone another shot is an amazing feeling, especially when they prove to you they can come through.

2. Say sorry even when it's not your fault.

Although some disagree with this lesson, I find it's always soothing to both parties. If someone is blaming you for something — tell them you’re sorry. That’s all they usually want to hear. I understand it may not be your fault, but you will be making the person feel better, which in turn makes the world better.

3. Be thankful.

As I'm sure you've heard before, be grateful for who you are and what you have. Realize how lucky you are and enjoy everything and everyone in your life…

…keep reading the full & original article HERE