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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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