People go between states of emotions constantly.
You can be happy for a short period, and then you are thinking about something that stresses you out. Even people who seem happy all the time go through changes in emotion. These people are more likely to be content. No one is truly happy all the time. This is an important concept to learn so you don’t put too much pressure on yourself when you see others who seem happy.
Consider what you have in life.
Not many people in the world have everything they want in life. Consider what you do have. Take time to appreciate those things and people. When we express our gratitude, we increase our contentment. Tony Gaskins sums it up best, "To be content doesn’t mean you don’t desire more, it means you’re thankful for what you have and patient for what’s to come."
Happiness is not just about money.
Although having enough to provide for your family is less stressful, people who are happy in life don’t care much about money. When people become obsessed with money, they can usually obtain it. But, it doesn’t lower their stress. In fact, the obsession often raises stress because it becomes the sole focus.
People who are happy don’t chase dollars.
They are content with what they are doing and don’t worry about trying to squeeze out another salary increase. It’s okay to get them occasionally. But, if you chase the buck, you will never become good at anything. People who are happy often are experts in what they do. They made it this way because they stuck with it and didn’t chase dollars.
It’s rare to find people who are happy and don’t have any friends.
Socializing is a big factor when trying to be happy. You don’t need dozens of friends. When you have a few that you can trust, that will be all that is necessary. It’s okay to use social media to connect, but if you can get together in person, that is even better.
Try to make your home an environment where everyone feels safe.
People who are happy, know that family is important. They know that their homes should be a sanctuary. If it’s not, they take steps to correct the situation. Spending time with family is a huge part of what makes people happy.
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