How To Be Happy

The most common question I get asked is how in the world I am so happy all of the time. I am only human–I get sad, I get scared, I lose my patience and get frustrated and angry too–but at my core, I am not, nor will I ever again be unhappy. This is a strong statement and a lot to live up to, but I believe in it so wholeheartedly that I am finally going to share the five most surefire ways I can guarantee your happiness as well.

1. Find purpose 

For me, this was God, to whom I submitted myself completely. For you, this can be anything or anyone greater than yourself, to put your faith in. Along with this comes meditation and reflection on who you are and who you want to be, and remembrance that this life is temporary. This is what will lead you to finding your purpose. This is the most difficult of the five steps, but it is also the most worthwhile because it will not only allow you to do the next steps, but it will give you strength and hope to face whatever comes your way.

2. Live your life
Live one day at a time, savor each moment as often as possible, and embrace life with open arms. Remember that each day has a beginning and an end, and be aware of your surroundings in each, individual moment. Try your best, trust your purpose, and then live fully and freely with  no fear. Never, not for a single moment, forget this or stop doing this, and it will eventually become a part of your being and a way of life.

Love not only your friends and your family, but your acquaintances and your communities. In fact, love every living creature you come across. Develop an unconditional love for mankind, even when you think it’s easier to lose your patience, and try your best to understand others perspective. Engage in at least one kind act each day, and ask yourself at the end of the day what you did to make this world a better place than it was when you woke up in the morning. Providing happiness to others brings back the same happiness to you, tenfold.  

4. Love some more
Never stop loving–love everyone, everyday, as much and as often and as fully as you possibly can–and this includes loving yourself. Love who your past has made you, love the hope of who you want to be. Find the beauty and things to love within your own self. You only get one body in this short life, and it is yours forever, made exactly the way it’s meant to be. Take care of it, be confident in it, and never compare it to others, because you are the only you and the best you there has or will ever be!

5. Write it out

After all is said and done, I know that the things I have said (and life in general) can become quite overwhelming and simply too much to take in at times. So, write it all out. When you want something and you encounter challenges and struggles along the way, write about it. When something amazing happens and you just can’t contain your excitement, write it out. When you’re overwhelmed and can’t make sense of a single thing, write it out to yourself, to God, to no one at all. Getting it all out of yourself and seeing it physically on paper will not only simplify it all and provide clarity, but it will also help you see the bigger picture and remind you that if it can all fit on a piece of paper, it is nothing you can’t tackle on your journey to happiness. 

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