There is no path to happiness: Happiness is the path. -Buddha

As we grow older doesn’t life seem to get a bit more complicated?

Many of us are busy chasing happiness, but how many of us ever reach this goal?

Money, success, recognition, staying busy are on our to-do lists, yet deep down, we would prefer love, security and time.

What makes us happy, and how do we find it?

We live in a period where productivity and making a living outweigh our personal values and truths.  For some of us, the cost of making a living has bankrupted our values and relationships.

Material things do not guarantee happiness.  The same can be said for the search of success, seeking approval and recognition.

But I want to be Happy!

We all do deep down.  Happiness is a wonderful feeling, and that’s why so many of us are constantly chasing it and looking for new ways to elevate our lives.

This is where we shift gears.  This is the part where we accept the wise words of the Buddha and acknowledge that happiness is the path.

And if I may add – This is the part where you find out who you are and enjoy your journey.

Here are 7 Ways To Fill Your Life with Joy

1.  Be You – Not Who You Think You Should Be

We are constantly bombarded with images, stories and ideals – all of which create a nasty habit of comparison.  Many of us feel like we’re not good enough.

To walk the path of happiness – we must be true to ourselves. To live out our own dreams and desires and to proudly embrace what makes us unique.  Drop the comparison and focus on what you desire and value instead.

2.  Respect Yourself

The way you treat yourself sets the standard for others on how you demand to be treated.  Never settle for anything other than respect.

Self-respect starts with the little things you do for yourself.  How do you talk to yourself?  Are you feeding your body healthy foods?  Are you getting enough exercise and enough rest?

These practices can seem like a no brainer and quite simple – but many of us neglect these basic practices of self-respect.  Prioritize and make time for activities and habits that create more self-respect in your life.

3.  Appreciation

Appreciate the now.  Give thanks for all that you have in your life.

There are so many things we can appreciate, yet we take these things for granted.  Focus on the things we normally take for granted: Fresh and clean air, clean water to drink, clothing on your back, food in your pantry, a hot shower to enjoy, a roof over your head, eyes to read this article….

Appreciate what you have before it turns into what you had.

4.  Let Go

A common barrier to happiness is holding on to ideals and wanting possessions to feel abundant, free and happy.

If you were asked what you value the most, would you list out material possessions and ideas of how things should be?  You most likely would answer this question by listing things that money cannot buy – love, time, health, family and so on.

On the other hand, there are also things deep within that we need to let go.  This can be anger, hurt, or limiting beliefs.  These things hold us back and gravely impact how we live our lives.

5.  Be Empowered

When we’re looking for happiness or crave more of it in our life – we tend to focus on the external.  Meaning, we look to others to guide us, to teach us, to show us the path.  What we forget is that we are infinite beings and can empower ourselves in any given moment.

6.  Do What You Love

Many of us live our lives by a ruling force – Work.    We all need to earn a certain amount of money to provide our basic necessities.  However, we still have lives outside of work.  And that time outside of work is an opportunity to create happiness every damn day!

Do things every day that you love.  Spend time doing activities that nourish your soul and surround yourself with those you value and cherish the most.

7.  Get Uncomfortable

If you have been searching for happiness, or if you’re looking to walk the path of happiness – start by getting uncomfortable.

Everything you have ever wanted is one step outside of your comfort zone.

What does that look like for you?  Remember – Life begins at the end of your comfort zone!

Final Thoughts:

Happiness doesn’t have to be so damn hard!

Each of us is responsible for our own happiness, and it is not dependent on external forces.

Happiness comes from within and you can start by walking the path of happiness right now.

You don’t need permission, a certain amount of money, possessions or to look a certain way.  Happiness is your divine right.

Your Turn:

What do you do to create more joy in your life?

 

 

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