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15 Things You Can Feel Happy With, Though Many People Think You Shouldn’t

15 Things You Can Feel Happy With, Though Many People Think You Shouldn’t

People like complicating their lives by believing that they need the most exquisite or expensive things to be happy. Guess what? The best things in life may not be totally free – but they are cheap, personal and simple. What you may term as insignificant may be what contributes to your happiness the most. Here are 15 things that will make you happy regardless of what other people feel about it.

“Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.”
― Ernest Hemingway

1. You have solitude

If you can have special moments by yourself and don’t worry about being away from other people, you should be happy. Not everyone can relate with what solitude means, but you can.

2. You own your personal beliefs

You can weave a personal belief passionately and do not have to suppress your own thoughts and feelings because you want acceptance from people.

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3. You live with others

Whether you are sharing an apartment with someone, crashing in different hostels across the country with friends, or still living with your parents, you are happy.

4. You can live with your mistakes

We all make mistakes every now and then. Yes, mistakes are sometimes a result of bad decisions – but if you can make a mistake and still be relevant to the progress of the world and those around you, you should be happy.

5. You can complete a job

There is satisfaction in work well done. If you can accomplish tasks whether little or small, it means you are happy and fulfilled.

6. You moved on after a broken heart

When disappointments hit us, we are meant to be shattered and seem incurable. However our ability to bounce back from such disappointment is another cornerstone of our happiness.

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7. You enjoy being single

Some need a companion to consolidate their happiness, however that is not you. You are contented about your marital status and the freedom it provides.

8. You can have a good night’s sleep

You should be happy when you don’t have any reason to stay all night worrying or clothed with grief. But you can rest and look forward to a beautiful new day.

9. You are appreciative and comfortable with whom you are

You can look at the mirror and be satisfied with who stares back at you. You are not uncomfortable with your reflections or what life has handed out to you.

10. You can fall in love

Falling in love validates that we can be loved and we can love someone back. When you do not hold back from the feeling of love and can spend moments with a special person, then you should be happy.

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11. You can show an act of kindness

You should be happy when you can give your time, energy or money without expecting anything in return. Philanthropy and acts of kindness breeds happiness, and you shouldn’t be concerned with how others feel about it.

12. You are able to define your own kind of success

We all have different definitions of success. When the media tries to haul its images and pictures at us, we are still able to stick to our definition of success and find ourselves not falling short.

13. You have goals and dreams…

You should be happy when you have plans for the future and things you are looking forward to.

14. …and some of your goals and dreams have already come true

Accomplishment can present you with a sense of pride and fulfillment. These elements are essential to making you happy all the time.

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15. You can eat what you like

You don’t have to eat what every other person is eating. You can make your choices based on your taste preferences and health issues. Whatever you are eating is a subject that is left to you and you should be happy about it.

Remember, if your standards are set on your own terms then you won’t have any reason to be unhappy.

Featured photo credit: Hipsters spraying beer over each other on a sunny day via shutterstock.com

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Last Updated on December 3, 2019

10 Life Lessons You’d Better Learn Early on in Life

10 Life Lessons You’d Better Learn Early on in Life

There are so many lessons I wish I had learned while I was young enough to appreciate and apply them. The thing with wisdom, and often with life lessons in general, is that they’re learned in retrospect, long after we needed them. The good news is that other people can benefit from our experiences and the lessons we’ve learned.

Here’re 10 important life lessons you should learn early on:

1. Money Will Never Solve Your Real Problems

Money is a tool; a commodity that buys you necessities and some nice “wants,” but it is not the panacea to your problems.

There are a great many people who are living on very little, yet have wonderfully full and happy lives… and there are sadly a great many people are living on quite a lot, yet have terribly miserable lives.

Money can buy a nice home, a great car, fabulous shoes, even a bit of security and some creature comforts, but it cannot fix a broken relationship, or cure loneliness, and the “happiness” it brings is only fleeting and not the kind that really and truly matters. Happiness is not for sale. If you’re expecting the “stuff” you can buy to “make it better,” you will never be happy.

2. Pace Yourself

Often when we’re young, just beginning our adult journey we feel as though we have to do everything at once. We need to decide everything, plan out our lives, experience everything, get to the top, find true love, figure out our life’s purpose, and do it all at the same time.

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Slow down—don’t rush into things. Let your life unfold. Wait a bit to see where it takes you, and take time to weigh your options. Enjoy every bite of food, take time to look around you, let the other person finish their side of the conversation. Allow yourself time to think, to mull a bit.

Taking action is critical. Working towards your goals and making plans for the future is commendable and often very useful, but rushing full-speed ahead towards anything is a one-way ticket to burnout and a good way to miss your life as it passes you by.

3. You Can’t Please Everyone

“I don’t know the secret to success, but the secret to failure is trying to please everyone” – Bill Cosby.

You don’t need everyone to agree with you or even like you. It’s human nature to want to belong, to be liked, respected and valued, but not at the expense of your integrity and happiness. Other people cannot give you the validation you seek. That has to come from inside.

Speak up, stick to your guns, assert yourself when you need to, demand respect, stay true to your values.

4. Your Health Is Your Most Valuable Asset

Health is an invaluable treasure—always appreciate, nurture, and protect it. Good health is often wasted on the young before they have a chance to appreciate it for what it’s worth.

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We tend to take our good health for granted, because it’s just there. We don’t have to worry about it, so we don’t really pay attention to it… until we have to.

Heart disease, bone density, stroke, many cancers—the list of many largely preventable diseases is long, so take care of your health now, or you’ll regret it later on.

5. You Don’t Always Get What You Want

“Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.” – John Lennon

No matter how carefully you plan and how hard you work, sometimes things just don’t work out the way you want them to… and that’s okay.

We have all of these expectations; predetermined visions of what our “ideal” life will look like, but all too often, that’s not the reality of the life we end up with. Sometimes our dreams fail and sometimes we just change our minds mid-course. Sometimes we have to flop to find the right course and sometimes we just have to try a few things before we find the right direction.

6. It’s Not All About You

You are not the epicenter of the universe. It’s very difficult to view the world from a perspective outside of your own, since we are always so focused on what’s happening in our own lives. What do I have to do today? What will this mean for me, for my career, for my life? What do I want?

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It’s normal to be intensely aware of everything that’s going on in your own life, but you need to pay as much attention to what’s happening around you, and how things affect other people in the world as you do to your own life. It helps to keep things in perspective.

7. There’s No Shame in Not Knowing

No one has it all figured out. Nobody has all the answers. There’s no shame in saying “I don’t know.” Pretending to be perfect doesn’t make you perfect. It just makes you neurotic to keep up the pretense of manufactured perfection.

We have this idea that there is some kind of stigma or shame in admitting our limitations or uncertainly, but we can’t possibly know everything. We all make mistakes and mess up occasionally. We learn as we go, that’s life.

Besides—nobody likes a know-it-all. A little vulnerability makes you human and oh so much more relatable.

8. Love Is More Than a Feeling; It’s a Choice

That burst of initial exhilaration, pulse quickening love and passion does not last long. But that doesn’t mean long-lasting love is not possible.

Love is not just a feeling; it’s a choice that you make every day. We have to choose to let annoyances pass, to forgive, to be kind, to respect, to support, to be faithful.

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Relationships take work. Sometimes it’s easy and sometimes it’s incredibly hard. It is up to us to choose how we want to act, think and speak in a relationship.

9. Perspective Is a Beautiful Thing

Typically, when we’re worried or upset, it’s because we’ve lost perspective. Everything that is happening in our lives seems so big, so important, so do or die, but in the grand picture, this single hiccup often means next to nothing.

The fight we’re having, the job we didn’t get, the real or imagined slight, the unexpected need to shift course, the thing we wanted, but didn’t get. Most of it won’t matter 20, 30, 40 years from now. It’s hard to see long term when all you know is short term, but unless it’s life-threatening, let it go, and move on.

10. Don’t Take Anything for Granted

We often don’t appreciate what we have until it’s gone: that includes your health, your family and friends, your job, the money you have or think you will have tomorrow.

When you’re young, it seems that your parents will always be there, but they won’t. You think you have plenty of time to get back in touch with your old friends or spend time with new ones, but you don’t. You have the money to spend, or you think you’ll have it next month, but you might not.

Nothing in your life is not guaranteed to be there tomorrow, including those you love.

This is a hard life lesson to learn, but it may be the most important of all: Life can change in an instant. Make sure you appreciate what you have, while you still have it.

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