Pursuit of Happiness
10 Timeless Tips
I was privileged to get to watch Will Smith movie "the pursuit of happiness" and for sure, by the time that movie came to an end,
I couldn't help but sit there overcome by joy and happiness, trying hard to fight and keep those tears from rolling down even as they fought back; I just couldnt help but ask myself the following three questions:
What is the key to happiness?
Where and how to find true happiness
Money and happiness, does money bring happiness
According to studies and research on gross national happiness of countries around the world, it turns out that other countries have become the most famous "Land of Smiles." According to different rankings, Denmark, Canada, and Singapore are some of the happiest countries in major regions of the world. Let us look at some of the reasons cited as to why people living in such countries are happier as compared to not so happy people.
Of course peace, love and happiness comes from within a person and cannot be universal but having said so if one of your dream goal is the pursuit of happiness then below are 10 timeless, happiness tips to get you going:
10 Timeless Tips for The Pursuit of Happiness
1.) Get enough sleep
Based on clinical studies, failing to get enough sleep nightly can have a drastic effect on your mood. How much is "enough?" While it's not an exact science, 7-8 hours of sleep nightly can do wonders for your body and mind. On the other hand, sleep-deprived people often experience problems such as mood disorders and stress.
We all know how listless and grumpy we can feel after failing to get enough sleep during the night. On the other hand, getting adequate shut-eye can boost your mood for an entire day.
2.) Enjoy life's free stuff
Walk in the park. Chat with a friend. Watch a sunrise. Although it's become cliché, some of the best things in life are indeed free. This isn't to say that you should constantly scour the Earth looking for free stuff. But in the hustle and bustle of today's world, take some time to smell the roses (which is a free experience, by the way).
In our quest for the pursuit of happiness, we don't necessarily have to spend money, in order to enjoy life and be happy. Instead, we can simply reminiscence about our childhoods, in order to recall experiences that excited our senses. And the cost is free! Unfortunately, many of us have forgotten the thrill of activities that don't cost a cent. By rediscovering some of them, we can also relive some of the happiest days of our lives.
3.) Clear your mind daily
Some people choose yoga and meditation. The actual methods that you use to clear your mind aren't as important as doing it daily. By clearing your mind, you can improve your outlook and focus in life.
Ironically, we often need to escape briefly from life's day-to-day grind and our hunt for the pursuit of happiness, in order to improve how we feel about it. Sometimes you simply need to get away from the rigors of modern life. Try daily spending 10-15 minutes meditating.
Turn off your TV, put your cell phone on silent mode, and close a room's windows and doors. Then close your eyes, breathe deeply, and think about nothing. Taking such basic steps can help to sharpen your cognition, make your life less stressful, and put a smile on your face.
4.) Live in the moment
While we shouldn't live irresponsibly, living "in the moment" can keep us focused and happy. Yes, it's important to be organized. That will help us to be more productive, and to make decisions faster. However, there's something to be said for living "in the moment." For instance, while planning a vacation you could choose which areas you want to visit during your trip. But don't micro-manage! Instead, allow yourself to be somewhat spontaneous.
You could make reservations for your accommodation in a particular city or town, but then choose restaurants once you arrive there. While it's important for our lives to have order and routines, making every day predictable will prevent us from experiencing true happiness. So make plans, but allow yourself to sometimes go with the flow.
Quest for the Pursuit of Happiness
Exercise is one of the most crucial habits of happy people. In fact, psychologists and psychiatrists often use it to treat people suffering from clinical depression. Since you've likely exercised sometime or another, you know that it provides an emotional rush. Why is that? Exercising causes your brain to release powerful chemicals, including endorphins and adrenaline. Also, after your muscles release tension and stress, you'll experience a feeling of relaxation.
6.) Be thankful and thank
Be grateful for what you have, and be grateful to other people. Indeed, there are no "lone wolves" in the world. Friends, relatives, and complete strangers are influential in everyone's lives. So take the time to thank them for the little and big ways that they make our lives better. Learning to be more appreciative will not only make you happier, but also more likeable. We all like to feel appreciated, right?
7.) Help others
When we become introspective, we often develop a "Woe is me!" outlook on life. However, when we focus on helping and encouraging others along the way in their hunt for the pursuit of happiness, we experience a feeling of satisfaction that we've made a difference in the world. Think about it. The money and power we earn during life won't mean much after we've died. But the impact we've had on others and the community can have a lasting impact.
5.) Set goals
What's your vision? One way to be happier in life is to set reachable goals in life. This makes our lives more meaningful, as we have objectives that we're trying to achieve. While the goals could be daily or lifetime ones, the key is to have them.
9.) Watch one hour (or less) of TV daily
Watching too much TV can impact your mood in several ways. Viewing too much negative news or too many melodramatic movies can certainly fill your mind with negative thoughts. Enter negative moods. Also, watching endless hours of TV prevents you from doing other activities that appear to affect mood positively. That includes socializing, exercising, and reading.
10.) Think positively
Your goal should be to think positively 100% of the time. Happy thoughts will translate into positive feelings. The key to thinking positively as much as possible is to catch negative thoughts when they start creeping into your mind-and then transform them into positive thoughts. The GIGO (garbage in, garbage out) rule definitely applies to our outlooks in life. There's no "secret formula" for living a happy life or for the pursuit of happiness. However, studies show that taking some basic steps can help you in your quest for the pursuit of happiness in your life.
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