There is a lot that goes into where happiness begins. In the times we are living in today, the unfortunate reality is that many people are feeling lost and unsure of their next steps in life, wanting nothing more than to feel happy and fulfilled again. I have been digging into my toolbox, re-visiting my passion and purpose in life, looking at simple and easy to implement ways I can support other people. My aim is to help others move on from feeling lost and out of their flow, and into a natural flow of vitality, happiness, and fulfillment; feeling better, bolder, and brighter.
So…how can you be better, bolder, and brighter?
Where Happiness Begins
I’m not going to lie, true happiness often does not come overnight. However, you can take a concentrated effort to carry out actions that ultimately will bring about happiness. It is in this spirit that I’ve penned this particular blog post, so let’s get into where happiness begins!
10 Amazing Ways to Greater Happiness
#1 Give Yourself Space To Understand What You Want In Life
It is important to know what you want in life, so write it down. What drives you, motivates you, and sets your body and brain on fire? What is that you really, really want in life? It is good to ask yourself: If I had a magic wand what would I wish for? Once you have determined this, write out a list of daily tasks and habits you can do that will – every day in every way – move you close to your destination.
#2 Take Action; Baby-Steps Can Work Their Magic!
Don’t forget that a mere 20 seconds of insane courage can change your life. So go ahead, send that one email you’ve been holding off, launch that website, make that phone call to that man or woman you’re interested in, etc. etc.
#3 Believe And Value The Gift You Were Born With
Believe that the gift you were born with – your X-factor – is all you need to get to your destination. You are powerful because you have an incredible gift. I call it the “X-factor,” and it’s something that no one else on the planet has. Believe in yourself, believe in your gift, and know that your gift can propel you forward to undreamed-of heights.
# 4 Know And Your Honor Your Core Values
Remember and acknowledge your core values. Grab a pen and paper and write down what you stand for; those core values that you will never surrender. Honoring your core values – whatever they might be – is an important stepping stone towards a leading a fulfilling life.
# 5 Choose Your Mentors
You are a mashup of what you let into your life. You get to choose your mentors; the role models whom you look up to; your friends; who you spend most of your time with. So get rid of the energy drainers in your life – the people who are always negative and who, like an alarm clock without a snooze button, never cease to complain. Surround yourself with a solid entourage of positive people – people who are risk-takers and who cheerfully accept both victory and temporary defeat. The energy from these beautiful people will inspire and motivate you more and more.
On a related note, associate with people who will drive you forward and give you the courage to let your X-factor shine. Seriously, I can’t stress this point enough. You must have people in your life who give you space and breathing room and understanding to let your X-factor shine for all it’s worth. The more of this kind of people you have in your life, the happier you will be. I guarantee that.
# 6 The “Listen To Your Heart” Cliche
Listen to your heart. “Aww, but that’s cliché,” you say. So it is, but embedded within is a gem of truth. By listening to your heart, you lessen the chance of living a life of regret. Life is short (you won’t realize it until it suddenly dawns on you one day that everything has happened in a flash) so don’t hesitate to listen to your heart and take chances. Open your mind and heart, and be aware of what you want. Trust and follow those little breadcrumbs – those moments and actions in life where we pursue what we want – that eventually lead up you to your bliss.
# 7 Take A Look At What Is Outside Your Comfort Zone
Want a daily exercise to help you develop a fearless spirit? Every day, determine to do one thing that you are scared of doing; something that gets your heart beating a bit faster and makes your palms sweaty. In less than a year, you will no longer have fear of fear (funny, I know), and you will be able to choose the life you want.
# 8 Give Back
Give back. This one’s important. Giving back to your community, to society, and to the world at large can be so rewarding. You’ve got to give back and try to do it in this in some small way every day.
# 9 Understand There Isn’t A “One Thing Fits All” Rule To Happiness
Know that what you think should make you happy isn’t always what will make you happy. Society is full of games and arbitrary “rules” that dictate what should make people happy, but what “should” make you happy often won’t make you happy. So, get on a “happiness frequency” by continually doing things that, in reality, make you happy. Own your happiness.
# 10 Find Out What It Means To Create Your Own Happiness
You can create your happiness. You are a creator with immeasurable power, and you can forge and shape your own “Happiness Zone.” Here’s an idea of how to do that: Find a beautiful, quiet spot where you won’t be disturbed. Dig back into your memories and pull out all the times you felt jubilant and great. Write down each of these memories. Afterwards, try to find a pattern – what is it about these incidents in your life that made you happy? Once you have found the core factor that made you happy on these occasions, simply find other ways you can manifest this happiness using that same “core factor.”
How to Create Happiness
There is someone who loves you. Actually a lot of people. There are close to 8 billion people on the planet. Mathematically and realistically, then, there is simply no way that there isn’t someone out there who’d absolutely love your X-factor! So use your story, your skills, your knowledge, your talents (tapped and untapped), your natural flow…your X-factor – to live with purpose. This means a life of happiness without fear that no one will like you. Get out there and do it. This is where happiness begins.
Guide, Runa Magnusdottir on Purpose