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Three ways to stay happy from the inside out and bring that light closer to your awareness until it begins to expand.

Happiness is not out there, it’s in you

Often we meet people that are seeking happiness through several things. Some think that to be happy they have to be wealthy and belong to a certain social class. However, what if we can change our thinking and control our mood.

Imagine you have a magical stick with which you can draw smiles on people’s faces, and turn your bad temper into a happy one.

Realistically speaking, this cannot be true, nevertheless, there is a set of healthy habits and skills that can be applied to make our lives more productive and positive and of course full of happiness.

What is happiness

According to Meriam Webster’s dictionary, happiness is “a state of well-being and contentment”

When we ask someone what is happiness, the first answer they think of is “happiness is a feeling”. Furthermore, Happiness takes many forms, it can be a skill, a lifestyle, or a feeling

So, it can be a skill that can be mastered, or a feeling we often feel happy when we pass our exams, or when we are with our loved ones, or when we get presents.

To achieve eternal happiness, one shouldn’t link it to a tangible object, money, job, people. Instead it should come from within. Instead of waiting for happiness to come from the outside world, you bring it to the world.

“Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.”

Dalai Lama

Love yourself

Loving yourself is the milestone of finding happiness within.

To love yourself means to accept yourself as you are, to acknowledge your mistakes; to recognize your strengths and weaknesses, and look forward to improving yourself and be the best version of yourself. In order to achieve this goal, there are some habits that I advise you to adopt 

Spending some quality time with yourself helps you to get to know yourself more, discover things you’re good at.

Try new activities and challenge yourself. Those are some of the habits you can adopt to practice self-love. 

When you get to the point where you truly love yourself, you will be able to find happiness in you on a daily basis.  

Surround yourself with happy people

Energy is contagious, if you surround yourself with people who are always thinking negatively, always worrying, unconsciously, you will become like them.

On the other hand, if your environment is filled with people who keep spreading positive energy, always smiling and looking at the half filled glass, you will look at things from a completely different perspective 

“As human beings, we are always affected by our environment, so choose wisely”

Be optimistic 

Practice optimism daily by getting rid of negative thoughts and focusing on the positive thoughts, looking at the world with a positive eye makes you look at life difficulties differently, it also helps you to solve your problems and deal with your fears without worries. 

Daily affirmations are an efficient way of practicing optimism. I’m sure you have already heard about the positive daily affirmations that you can tell yourself in front of the mirror.

Personally, when I do these affirmations I catch myself smiling and my mood changes astonishingly. These affirmations can be confessions, promises, resolutions, compliments 

Being grateful is another way to keep you optimistic, there are uncountable blessings that the humankind is taking for granted.

Try to count your blessings, you will discover that you do not have the right to be unhappy . No doubt that practicing gratitude daily changes our view to the world.

“Happiness is a state of activity.”

Aristotle

Written by: Boutaina Lafigh, An aspiring writer

Photos from Andre Furtado on pexels

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