Everyone strives to be happy.

The mistake is that most people think happiness is the destination or end goal.  A happy life is enjoying the journey and realizing that happiness, sadness and all other emotions that we experience are all part of what make up the tapestry of life.

Happiness is a choice!

You can choose to make your life happy.  So here are a few ways you can get more of the happy feelings more often:

1. Let go of past memories.

Everyone has both sad and happy moments. So forget about your painful memories. Focus on your good memories and move on.

2. Be optimistic

Endeavour to get into the habit of always looking on the bright side of things. Look for the silver lining behind each dark cloud. For example, if you had an unfortunate accident and your car is badly dented, but on the bright side would be that nobody got hurt and it could have been a lot worse.

3. Be close to your family

If possible  maintain a close relationship with your family and friends. Our relationships with them have more on our happiness than anything else.  Human beings are made to be social creatures. So appreciate the existing relationships that you have.

4. Your Work

Find a job that gives you happiness. If you are feeling stressed out in your current job and not getting the job satisfaction that you want, perhaps it is time for a career change. Job satisfaction plays an important part in your happiness. So give your job a chance. Try having a positive attitude in your job. If that doesn’t work, it may time for a change.

5. Make friends and good connections

You need to make friends with people who share a common interest. Find something that you are deeply passionate about. It could be a hobby or an organization you can volunteer in. There you could meet people who the same interest and passion as you.

6. Exercise and Eat Well

Exercising releases endorphins. So as well as  taking care of your body you will automatically start to feel good about yourself.  Always think about what you are eating and why.  We should eat to live not live to eat.

7. Change your thinking

You have to start living life to the fullest. Don’t delay your life a second longer. Try something new everyday or pick up a new skill!

8. Don’t let the small stuff bug you.

Remember all the small petty stuff that used to bother you? Forget all about it and focus on the bigger picture. Life is too short to be worry about trivial things.   If something is bugging you today push it to the side and you may be surprised that tomorrow it doesn't amount to anything.  My aunt used to have a favourite saying “It all comes out in the wash” … and remember that catchy Bobby McFerrin tune  “Don’t worry Be Happy”

9. Live your life for yourself

Stop trying to live your life up to other people’s expectations. You are your own person. So start living it for yourself!

10. Lastly, always remember that today is the first day of the rest of your life.

You always have the chance right here, right now,  this minute to choose to be happy.

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