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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 June 19, 2019

6 Ways to Be a Successful Risk Taker and Take More Chances

6 Ways to Be a Successful Risk Taker and Take More Chances

I’ve stood on the edge of my own personal cliffs many times. Each time I jumped, something different happened. There were risks that started off great, but eventually faded. There were risks that left me falling until I hit the ground. There were risks that started slow, but built into massive successes.

Every risk is different, but every risk is the same. You need to have some fundamentals ready before you jump, but not too many.

It wouldn’t be a risk if you knew everything that was about to happen, would it? Here’re 6 ways to be a successful risk taker.

1. Understand That Failure Is Going to Happen a Lot

It’s part of life. Everything we do has failure attached to it. All successful people have stories of massive failure attached to them. Thinking that your risk is going to be pain free and run as smooth as silk is insane.

Expect some pain and failure. Actually, expect a lot of it. Expect the sleepless nights with crazy thoughts of insecurity that leave you trembling under the covers. It’s going to happen, no matter how positive you are about the risk you are about to take.

When failure hits, the only options are to keep going or quit. If you expect falling into a meadow of flowers and frolicking unicorns, then you’re going to immediately quit once you realize that getting to that meadow requires you to go through a rock filled cave filled with hungry bats.

2. Trust the Muse

Writing a story isn’t a big risk. It’s really just a risk on my time. So when I start writing a story, I’m scared it will be time wasted. Of course, it never really is. Even if the story doesn’t turn out fabulous, I still practiced.

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When I’ve taken risks in my life, the successful ones always seemed to happen when I followed the muse. Steven Pressfield describes the muse,

“The Muse demands depth. Shallow does not work for her. If we’re seeking her help, we can’t stay in the kiddie end. When we work, we have to go hard and go deep.”

The muse is a goddess who wants our attention and wants us to work on our passion.

If you’re taking a risk in anything, it’s assumed that there is some passion built up behind that risk. That passion, deep inside you, is the muse. Trust it, focus on it, listen to it.

The most successful articles and stories I write are the ones I’ve focused all my attention on. There were no interruptions during their creative development. I didn’t check my phone or go watch my Twitter feed. I was fully engaged in my work.

Trust the muse, focus your attention on your risk, let the ideas and path develop themselves, and leave the distractions at the side of the road.

3. Remember to Be Authentic

Taking a risk and then turning into something you’re not, is only going to lead to disaster. Whether you are risking a new relationship or new opportunity, you must be yourself throughout the entire process.

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How many times have you acted like you loved something just because the men or woman you just started going out with loved it?

For example, I’m not an office worker. I have an incredibly hard time working in a confined timeline (ie. 9-5). That’s why I write. I can do it whenever the mood strikes, I don’t have somebody breathing down my neck, telling me that I’m five minutes late, or missed a comma somewhere. I don’t have to walk on eggshells wondering if what I’m writing will get me fired or make me lose a promotion. I can just be myself, period.

One girlfriend didn’t understand that. She believed solely in the 9-5 motto, specifically something in human resources because that was a very stable job. I was scared for my future, but I stuck with the relationship because of my own insecurities and acted like I would do it to make her happy.

Here’s a tip: NEVER take away from your happiness to make somebody else satisfied (note I didn’t say happy).

Making somebody else happy will make you happy. Doing something to satisfy somebody is murder on your soul.

4. Don’t Take Any Risks While You’re Not Clearheaded

I’d been considering the risk for a couple weeks. It all sounded good. I was 22 and I could be rich in a couple of years. That’s what they were selling me, anyways.

One night, while at a house party with some friends, I found myself at a computer. A couple of my friends were standing nearby and asked me what I was doing. I told them I was considering starting my own business and it was only going to cost me $1,500.

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Of course, when a bunch of drunk people are surrounded by more drunk people, things get enthusiastic. It sounded like the best business venture in the world to everybody, including me. So I signed up and gave them my credit card number.

A few painful months and close to $4,000 dollars lost later, I quit the business. I was young and fell into the pyramid scheme trap. It was an expensive drunk decision.

Drinking heavily and making decisions has a proven track record of failure. So when you have something important to decide, don’t let your emotions take over your brain.

5. Fully Understand What You’re Risking

It was the start of my baseball comeback. I got a tryout with a professional scout and killed it. After the tryout, he talked to my girlfriend and myself, making sure we understood I would be gone for up to 6 months at a time. That strain on the relationship could be tough.

We understood. I left to play ball, chose to stay in the city I played in, and a year later we broke up. Not because of baseball, see point 3 above. Taking big risks can have massive impacts on everything in your life from relationships to money. Know what you’re risking before you take the risk.

If you believe the risk will be worth it or you have the support you need from your family, then go ahead and make the leap.

You can get more guidance on how to take calculated risks from this article: How to Take Calculated Risk to Achieve More and Become Successful

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6. Remember This Is Your One Shot Only

As far as we know officially, this is our one shot at life, so why not take some risks?

The top thing people are saddened by on their deathbeds are these regrets. They wish they did more, asked that girl in the coffee shop out, spoke out when they should have, or did what they were passionate about.

Don’t regret. Learn and experience. Live. Take the risks you believe in. Be yourself and make the world a better place.

Now go ahead, take that risk and be successful at it!

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