Find happiness in a full life
You can be happy even if things in your life aren’t going the way you planned. A full life has difficulties, setbacks and achievements. Happiness means finding meaning in whatever is happening around and to you. Being grateful for whatever you’re experiencing will make for a happier, more satisfying life.
Happiness doesn’t depend on other people
Let me repeat that - happiness doesn't depend on other people. Often people put their happiness in the hands of others. They need external validation to feel good. But relying on other people’s opinion of you isn’t a healthy way to live.
Check in with how you feel deep in your heart and do the best you can. Doing our best day to day and moment to moment is all that any person can do.
Happiness is not pretending
Social media is full of people pretending to have perfect lives. They don’t. No one does. It is possible that the happiness you see on TV or your social media feed may be genuine. But remember, everyone is showing the best of their lives. Someone else's spotlight moment doesn't make your every day moments any less great. Few people are going to post their low points.
So, the online world that’s full of promotions, and happy families is an illusion. The real world is much more nuanced, and genuine happiness doesn’t happen in a bubble.
True happiness comes from within
It might sound like a truism/cliché, but true happiness does come from within yourself. If you expect someone else to make you happy, whether it’s a partner, friend or child, you’re giving them an unrealistic and unfair responsibility. You're also setting yourself up for disappointment.
The only person responsible for your happiness is you.
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