Just how do you love yourself and be happy? Most people think that only success will bring happiness into their lives, but this isn’t always the case. You first need to love yourself and appreciate who you are and the far that you have come.
1. Learn to Appreciate
As John F. Kennedy said, “We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” It’s always said that you don’t always realize what you have until you lose it. Appreciate the people and little that you have and much more will come to you. This might be your family, the friends that you have made over the years, that business that you are currently running or even that job that you have.
You don’t have to have achieved much but start by being grateful for all that you have accomplished. An achievement doesn’t always have to be a big thing. Understand that it’s the little things that matter.
2. Do what makes you happy
Do you love singing, hiking, writing, or going out for picnics? We all have hobbies and things that we do that make us happy. Have some fun and be free. Free your spirit and engage yourself in activities that will refresh your body, mind, and spirit making you feel whole.
3. Stop competing and comparing yourself with others
Are you living the life that YOU want or living SOMEONE ELSES’ life? Often at times, many people struggle so much to be like others. But, we are not the all same and one individual is different from the other in so many ways. Even siblings who come from a similar background differ in so many ways.
When we focus on comparing and competing with others then we end up forgetting who we truly are. This makes us live our lives pleasing other people. Remember that it’s not about how much you have at the present moment but how much you enjoy what you have that can make you happy. Start loving yourself and live your life the way you want.
4. Accept that everything happens for a reason
Never consider a setback as being the end of the road because failures are only meant to strengthen us and not weaken us. Sometimes life’s going to take you through different paths before you land on the right one.
Let’s take, for example, you didn’t get that job that you wanted or that mortgage loan didn’t go through and was canceled. This doesn’t have to weigh you down because there is always another chance for everything in life.
Keep trying and if for some reason it’s something that you have no control over, let it go whole-heartedly.
5. Be happy at all times
You need to be happy at all times and love yourself as if your life depends on it. Being and staying happy depends on you. Know that something good doesn’t have to happen for you to be happy and love who you are. Do not take life way too seriously. Be like a child and reconnect with your playful side.
Also, you can be happy just by appreciating that you are alive. People die every day in hospitals, from accidents, etc. Being healthy and strong is reason enough to be thankful.
6. Learn from your mistakes
Mistakes happen and their consequences leave deep reminders in our lives. However, learn from those mistakes and figure out how to live with the consequences. Always ensure that they are not repeated so as not to keep hurting yourself all the time.
If there is a community-based organization around your area, join the group and learn to serve the less privileged. This way you will be able to meet and interact with other people from different backgrounds and cultures.
You will also be able to hear different life stories and out this realize what others go through. From their experiences, you will learn to be thankful and appreciate who you are.
Choose to be happy from today henceforth.