“So we shall let the reader answer this question for himself: who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed?”
― Hunter S. Thompson
Happiness is easy to know that it is missing and hard to find when you don’t know where to find it. With the rapid pace of change many people are finding that they have less time to just stop, pause and experience something natural, the sunrise, the sunset, the smell of the air, the rush of a brook, the sound of a bird, the freshness of the breeze or the roll of the seas as they embrace the shoreline. Too many people are hoping that other people will give them happiness or that buying something will generate happiness or that escaping reality will provide a moment of joy and none of those will provide lasting happiness.
Happiness may come briefly and if you’re not paying attention to it, it will run away and hide. Happiness is something you sense and paying attention to that moment will allow you to experience that joy.
Here are a few things you can do to boost your own happiness.
1. Connect with other people.
2. Practice empathy – understand others, validate and acknowledge them.
3. Listen to them. Just listen to what others have to say.
4. Practice kindness – do something special for someone else just because you can.
5. Forgive others who have hurt you. Forgive is releasing the pain, not the memory.
6. Be trustworthy – the ability to trust others reduces stress
7. Practice mindfulness – take a personal timeout
8. Eliminate toxic thoughts
9. Experience “flow” – when time melts away
10. Practice gratitude
Choose one method to increase your practice and try it. Record your results over a week and see what changes.