Try these 8 things to find your inner happiness

Try these 8 things to find your inner happiness

via by Jonathan Long

Happiness: It’s a simple word that we all desire. And it's something I was flush with just last week, despite a total travel nightmare.

I'm thinking of my experience on one of the worst travel days of my life. A trip that should have consumed four hours and two quick flights turned into 24 hours and four flights. The reason was major storms, which caused delays, flight cancellations and rerouting. It was a complete nightmare, all right. But I was . . . happy.

In fact, I was so visibly happy that a complete stranger asked me, “Why the f**k are you so happy right now?” as we both waited in line for overpriced and unhealthy food at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

He nailed it. My inner happiness was beaming out of me, and not even 24 hours of straight airport madness could stop it. I was returning home from visiting someone who is currently responsible for making me ridiculously happy. And one thing was clear after I looked around: There were a lot of miserable and pissed-off people in that airport.

Suddenly, I was inspired. I grabbed my delicious (not!) airport food, made a mad dash for the only available table I could see, busted out my laptop and started to write. That's how I came to lay out the following eight keys to finding your inner happiness — something I think everyone, entrepreneurs or not, can pull value from. After all, isn’t being happy the ultimate goal for everyone?

1. Envision the very best.

If you want something in life, the first step is to envision it. You will never achieve a goal that you can’t see yourself reaching. It doesn’t matter what you are going after in life: a career change, personal relationship, business goal or materialistic object. You have to first have the courage to see those goals happening and believe in yourself. A lot of people don’t do this because they don’t want to set themselves up for disappointment.

2. Understand that there is no such thing as perfection.

None of us live in a perfect world. If you think that striving for perfection, in your personal or professional life, will lead to happiness, you will be running in circles and eventually become disappointed. Individuals have flaws (which are sometimes the quirks we fall in love with), and business is filled with ups and downs. So, seek out greatness, not perfection — there is a big difference…

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