What does it take to be happy? Is happiness something that just happens to us? Are some people just born happy?
Roughly 40% of our happiness is within our control- and that's a big chunk! As the new year starts- this might be one of your goals- becoming a happier person. What steps can you take to achieve that goal?
This article explains just that- some of the major steps you can take to work toward being happier. Not every goal is a fit for everyone (for example, creating a gratitude journal may not be an activity some people like to engage in. If that's the case, finding an alternate way of practicing gratitude would be a good move.)
In summary- some keys to becoming a happier person:
- maintaining friendships
- practicing forgiveness/not holding grudges
- giving thanks/practicing gratitude
- giving to others
- getting enough sleep
- practicing mindfulness/being aware in the present
Happiness takes commitment, so start working on these steps and ways to make them a permanent part of your life.