I have always been a very positive and optimistic about everything. Even if I know that I have no chance of winning, I always think of that the universe will grant me a tiny favor and give me this one. Some might argue that I’m setting up my self for failure, which could be a geniune possibility, but for some reason losing has no effect on me. I think of everything as a continuous struggle till I achieve my dreams. I’m no where close to where I want to be but I’m still very happy. I would love to share with you some of the my own key points on being happy.
Share happiness to get happiness : I am a firm believe in this. The more joy and happiness you spread around you, the more you seem to get in return. When someone looks at you smiling and having fun, they want it as well. Happiness is contagious. So do your best to spread it as much as you can. Sometimes even taking the time out of your busy schedule to comfort a friend or a family member in need of help will bring you immense satisfaction. The best form of happiness and joy is helping people without expecting anything in return. This could be your way of contributing to the world. I have personally learnt this from my mother who has been volunteering at a nursing home for the last 7 years. She works at night but upon returning home, makes it a point to visit the nursing home for a couple of hours three times a week. She says it bring her immense joy.
Have a positive outlook on EVERYTHING : Look at all obstacles as stepping stones to your success, no matter how big they might be. If your looking for some inspirational quotes to boost you, I made a post HERE. I personally got denied by a funding commitee for startups more than four times. I have since graduated from university and looking back on it, I feel I wasn’t ready, I was never mad at the committe for not believing in me. This is no way has put a roadblock on my highway, in fact, I am more fueled than ever before to succeed. I have no regrets or hatred for the relationships of the past that haven’t gone in my favor. I feel having regrets will only bring you down. Everything in life is a learning experience, use what you learn today to better yourself for tomorrow.
Be Satisfied : When you are satisfied, you are happy. In no way do I mean don’t go out and pursue your dreams, I highly encourage you to do that. What I mean by being satisfied is that if in the little that you have, you find happiness, you will be happy forever, no matter how much you attain throughout your life. Money will never buy you happiness. I always like to think that if your already happy before you get financially comfortable, it will magnify your happiness and joy.
Do Physicial Activity : Working out is a great way of releaving stress and energising youself. It helps keep your mind clear and thus you function more effectively. I personally embraced working out after I gained a significant amount of weight during my second year in university. I found that I would get angry more easily and also get annoyed a lot more. Working out and eating healthy helped brings things in my life back to perspective. I got more focused on my goals and based on the words of my parents more “polite”. I’m not too sure about the polite part but coming to the point, just work out a bit (even half an hour is good)
Do things that make you happy : Find the things that make you happy and do them at least once a day. I personally like music and web development, so I make sure that I work on my websites and play the guitar daily. I like to think of it as my own “selfish” time. I do encourage you to find your own “selfish” time and I promise you that you’ll relish every second of it. When your doing what you love to do, you will never be bored. You will wake up everyday just waiting for that moment to do or work on that thing you love. When I work on my websites, I usually go into my “zone”. I put my headphones on and fall in love. I wake up everyday trying to find inspirational and movitational pictures and quotes to post on this website, you can check out a post HERE. I am constantly learning and being intrigued by new things that can enhance the life of my users. I promise you when you do the things you love, you will always be happy.
I hope you find these (or any one of these) pointers useful. I would love to hear about your own keys to happiness. If you wish, just drop a comment below.