Things You Can do to Make Yourself Happy

Things You Can do to Make Yourself Happy

These days we often either put our happiness on the back burner, or in the hands of others and as a result we rarely end up being happy. The truth is that in order to be happy, we have to take control of our means for happiness. The great news is that there are things that we can do on our own to make ourselves happy. Here is a list of some of those things:

Buy Something You Love

The reason people like shopping is because shopping releases chemicals in the brain that cause us to be happy. In fact, even the thought of purchasing something we really love is enough to get these juices flowing. So to make yourself happy consider making a purchase of something you adore. Your purchase can be big or small but it needs to be meaningful to bring your real happiness. You might consider a ticket to your favorite show, a trip to an exotic island, or purchasing a new Suzuki Swift automobile; what matters is that it stirs the passion and makes you feel like you have received something you really want.

Get Yourself a Pet

Relationships these days are more and more difficult to enter and sustain. Everyone wants to ensure that they are not taken advantage of, and that the person to whom they are giving their friendship or heart, is truly someone they can trust. As uncertain as all of this can be, there is no uncertainty when you consider getting a pet. Most pet owners will tell you that owning one is not only worth it, it is the highlight of their life.

The reason for this is that pets never betray or disappoint. They are always there for you and never judge or put you down. Pets provide a consistency that can lead to better self-image and self-worth, and their unconditional love can lift you out of nearly any bad mood. In other words, they are a constant source of happiness.

Change Jobs

For many, the biggest source of unhappiness in their lives is their place of work. The work environment may be toxic or the work itself may be unfulfilling or in the worst case scenario, both are true. Due to the fact that you will likely spend a major part of your life at your work, if it is a downer, you will spend a lot of time being unhappy. Getting away from a job can be difficult though, because you may have been there a long time, like the pay, or are afraid that if you leave you may not find another one.

But for the sake of your own happiness, you need to take the step and move on to something new and more fulfilling. Just imagine what it would be like to actually enjoy getting up every day and going to work. This is possible for you, if you take the steps to finding something that is right for you. When you search for something new, be discerning. Do not settle for a job that fits some of the requirements like good pay, but falls far short on other important ones like happiness. Happiness is a primary reason to take a job and when you are happy at work you will wonder how you allowed yourself to be unhappy in the first place. So get yourself a job that adds to rather than detracts from your happiness.

Take a Class

Humans have a tendency to get into routines and stick with them for long periods of time, and often only change those routines when they are forced to do so. They lose a job, someone dies or they get fired from a job. Other than something dramatic happening most don’t go outside of the regimen they have established. Although having a routine is productive and creates comfort, it can also create stagnation, boredom and unhappiness.

A great way to break out of your mundane routine is to take a class in something completely out of your comfort zone. How about a cooking class, or one for public speaking? How about studying a new language, painting, or learning about how to garden? By introducing new subjects into your life, you stimulate your brain, acquire new and interesting information and open the chance to meet new an interesting people. The combination of the three is sure to bring you happiness.

Happiness is in your hands, take control of it and enjoy your life all the time.

What Does a Successful Life Mean To You

What Does a Successful Life Mean To You

I was talking to a group of students recently about careers and what kind of thing they were looking at doing. The idea of the talk was to identify what kind path the students would have to take in order to gain the career they were after but during our talk, something kept occurring which interested me far more. It seemed that each student that I spoke to had a different idea of what a successful life looked like and it made me think about how much importance, if any, most people placed on this idea when electing a career.

Power

Many of the students were looking for a job which meant that they could yield power on a daily basis. The most popular jobs that cam up within this field was positions such as CEO like the successful Lloyd Claycomb II or Bill Gates, others looked at varying managerial positions in a wide variety of industries when I asked them to define what kind of jobs they considered to boast the most amount of power.

Money

Almost all of the students answered that money to them was a direct link to success in their careers although when asked if they would value this above their own happiness at work, many of the students were not convinced that they would. Professions such as doctors, lawyers and entrepreneurs were the most popular jobs that were mentioned when we got to talking about high wage earners in society.

Happiness

This was the idea of success that really split the group as everyone has different ideas as to what happiness is to them. For many, it was the money and the power which they said would bring them happiness. Many other students cited a peaceful life, free from stress with lots of spare time to spend with the family and kids as their definition of happiness. Those who opted for the latter however, were hesitant to say whether they would take a job that was boring, in order to gain their idea of a happy life.

Fame

Interestingly, when the topic of fame came up, many of the students were very clear that they had absolutely no desire whatsoever to pursue a career in sports or entertainment for reasons of fame. There were some in the group who wanted to be sports stars but none of them said that fame was a driving factor behind this and that instead they simply wanted to reach the pinnacle of their careers and seek to win whatever they could.

What does success mean to you? Have you spent the time to look at your life in reverse and begin with the life which you want to create for yourself and then tracked it back to see what kind of career could give you that life? If not then perhaps now is the time to do it, in order to make sure that you go after a career which can reward you in the way that you want to be rewarded.