Achieving Happiness

Being ‘happy’ is something a lot of people strive towards. Whether its feeling satisfied while working, or having a good time with friends, millions of self-help books, YouTube videos and motivational speakers all claim to have the mystical formula for being happy.

Personally, I think there are three broad types of happiness, other than the temporary high of feeling freedom while you live in the moment.

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It’s possible to smile, laugh and feel truly happy, even while stressed or under pressure. I believe joy is the kind of happiness that supersedes a situation and cannot be darkened by a bad morning or even a less than pleasant week. Joy continues to fill you with happiness over time, even months and years after the initial reason for the joy.

I can only really attribute my moments of joy to times when I’ve been extraordinarily blessed by God and I think moments of joy should definitely be celebrated, so that you can look back on them when things are bleak and be filled with hope for the future.

peace

In a world where there is crime, anger, hurt, jealousy, malice and hate, peace is a beautiful respite.

In peace you can fully focus on the things that you find delightful; hobbies, relationships and whatever takes your fancy, and you’re generally in a better mindset to more productive.

It’s so important to find a space where you can be at ease and where you’re safe from the challenges of daily life, and if you can maintain this mentality in your day to day activities, you’ll find hard work is less onerous and potentially mundane activities more enjoyable.

contentedness

Contentedness is the true happiness which I think people strive for in their everyday lives. This simple but powerful ability to look at a situation and just feel happy and at ease is life changing.

Sure it’s difficult to be content with every situation in your life, but if you can be satisfied with some of the basic aspects of your life; your commute, the phone you have, your body shape… you’re in a better position to change the things that you hold in contempt.

 

 

I’ve been thinking about contentedness a lot recently, and it’s a mindset I would like to ingrain in my life. Join me in my pursuit of it, by subscribing to this blog.

I’d also like to know what you think. Do you think there are distinct types of happiness?

 

 

How to Start the Best Year of Your Life

When you look back at 2016, do you see a year of joy and growth, or a year you’d rather forget? While you can’t predict the things that will make you cry, you can choose how you react to them and you can choose how you let them shape you.

I would describe my 2016 as a year of blessing and towards the latter end, a year of growth. There were some tempests, but I know look back on each one as a testimony, and I can be thankful for more things in my daily life.

Internationally, 2016 has been a turbulent year financially, socially, politically and for humanitarian crises. But if you and I are still alive, there’s still hope and these things shall surely come to pass.

If we all look at the lessons of 2016, and chose to act on what we’ve learnt, how has 2016 shaped you? What will you change moving forward?

Personally, I want to stop accepting limitations. In the transition between school and university, I realised I was ready to stop letting other people to define me and to take control of my own reputation and actions. This manifested itself as I tried to become a more outgoing person, with a personality other than the ‘good grades’ which previously defined me. I took on summer jobs which took me out of my comfort zone; when starting university, I made an effort to get to know a variety of people, from halls, from my course, from societies and even just from hanging out in the same environment. I learned to dance without feeling self-conscious and ultimately all these experiences have made me a more confident person.

I feel strongly that my purpose in life, exceeds just getting by and ‘having a good time’. I hope to positively influence the communities around me, locally, academically, socially and internationally. But while, I look for opportunities to do this, I need to build up the skills necessary to achieve these goals.

January 1st is an arbitrary day to start changing your life, but the key thing is to start. So what are you going to do?