Steps to Happiness

Steps to Happiness

I don’t know about you but sometimes I just need a little reminder from time to time about ways to simplify life and improve my happiness. We only have one shot at enjoying our moments and we are in charge of how we take it all in. I found this image of the 7 Steps to Happiness and it resonated with me and I wanted to share. It truly sometimes just takes simplifying things to find what you need. For me, it’s important to think less, judge myself less, and be appreciative.

I was driving home from work the other day and was overwhelmed with multiple stresses weighing on my shoulders. I had noticed over the weeks leading up to that car ride, that I was not stepping back from situations to find joy (and I was definitely not taking time to enjoy my moments). I was being extremely critical of myself. The strangest thing is that the expectations I hold myself to are unrealistic and I wouldn’t even treat others that way (yet we are supposed to be our own biggest fans, right?!). During that drive I had an internal conversation with myself placing an emphasis on the power each of us has to control how we let situations affect us, how we let others’ behavior hurt or hinder us, and how we treat others stemming from it all. As Miguel Ruiz shared in The Four Agreements, “Don’t take anything personally.” He expresses that the way others behave and act (or lack thereof) has nothing to do with anyone but themselves. So, in essence, you can’t change how you’d like to be, what you do, or how you enjoy life as a reaction to others who aren’t thinking of you in their own actions! I had an “Ahah moment,” and since then have been continuing to remind myself that I only get one life to live and I never want to look back with regret that I gave that power to anyone but myself. I set a truce with myself in that car ride. I can’t continue to let everything else circling around me create chaos and affect my happiness.

I am not sure if you have had any similar instances of this, but I think we all can benefit from taking time to evaluate what we let get in the way of our happiness. It’s okay to give yourself a break and enjoy. Sometimes it is the smallest thing that can change your outlook. We may all have our laundry list of things not going right or what we wish we could have, but don’t allow that to take away your happy moments. What is certain is that we should not waste the precious commodity of time by allowing temporary chaos, drama or challenges to change our outlook of enjoying happiness. We all have control of being happy. Be grateful. We are all very lucky to be here and we will not have another opportunity to redo life. I challenge you to think less, smile more, listen more, complain less and appreciate more!

-Alex W.

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