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Monday, June 26, 2023

How Happiness Really Happens

All of us want to be happy, but it is one thing knowing and wanting that, and quite another actually knowing how to make it come true. Many of us struggle to know what happiness even is, let alone how to get it. So this is something that is certainly worth thinking about if you are keen to try and work on your happiness levels in your own life. Specifically, in this article we will be asking: how does happiness really happen, and how can you ensure that you get it for yourself?

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While that is a lifelong quest, by the end of this article you will hopefully have a slightly better idea about this, and may even have some inkling as to some of the changes you might need to make in order to be happier in your own daily life.

What Is It?

So what is happiness? Everyone will have their own answer to this age-old question, but most would agree that at its base level it has something to do with being content and secure in oneself, having a lifestyle that you are happy with and which you feel is enjoyable and valuable, and having a lot of love in your life. All of that might seem like a lot, but often it actually stems from something quite basic and simple.

Another way to look at happiness is as the removal of unhappiness - the removal of difficulties and tensions, for instance. Of course, every life is going to have struggles, and happiness is not dependent on those not being there, it’s more something that can underpin and exist underneath all of that regardless.

Whatever you think it is, there are some things you can do and focus on which are certainly going to help you to feel happier in your own life soon enough, so let’s turn now to what those might be.

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Base Needs

First of all, we have the base needs that everyone needs to have in place. That would include, for instance, having shelter and warmth - a roof over your head, in other words - as well as plenty of access to good food and clean water. That might seem very simple and basic, but nonetheless if you don’t have it you are probably going to struggle to be as happy as you would like to be, so it really is something that you should bear in mind. What you need to do about this will of course depend on which specific need you are not currently getting, so that is something that you will have to think about too.

In any case, making sure that your base needs are met is very much always going to be the first step, and you should make sure that you are doing all you can to meet them as soon as possible. You will also find that this makes it easier to do the rest that we are going to look at here as well, so it all supports each other in that way.

Identifying & Overcoming Obstacles

Everyone has their own obstacles to their happiness which they need to be aware of and try to overcome, and this is something that you will likely need to revisit again and again if you want to make sure that you are truly pursuing happiness. As long as you are doing that, it’s the kind of thing that you are going to find really helps you to make the most of your life, so that is absolutely worth thinking about here.

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For instance, you might notice that you have a certain habit that you wish wasn’t there, such as an addiction or something. If so, identifying it is genuinely a really important early step in trying to be happier, so you should make sure that you are doing all you can to do that, but you also need to think of how you are going to overcome the issue too, which can be altogether more difficult. For that, you might need the help of friends and family, a decent rehab facility like, and a lot of time and patience with yourself. It really can be tough, but it is absolutely worth your while.

The more obstacles you identify and overcome, the better, and the sooner you are going to be truly and genuinely happy in your life, so this is definitely something that you need to think about here as best as you can.

Embrace The Present

Many of our problems can simply dissolve if we learn how to properly and truly embrace the present moment. Although this can often sound a little cliched, it’s the kind of thing that is certainly going to be important if you want to ensure that you are doing all you can to get through a problem or to make your life so much richer. You may even find that problems are not really seen properly for what they are until you make an effort to be present with them.

Remember: this is not about pretending you don’t have any problems. It’s about accepting them into yourself as a valid part of the present moment, but only a part of it. And then you can allow yourself to open up into the moment, enjoy it for what it is and whatever is there, and you should find that this leads to a significant improvement in your happiness levels generally. So that is something that you should certainly try to aim for as best as you can.

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The more present you are, the happier you are going to be, but the more you will also understand happiness. So it is absolutely something that you should try to focus on as best as you can.

Those are just some of the ways to embrace your happiness. If you can do those things, you will invariably find that you lead a happier life - but remember, it’s something that can take a long time to get right.

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