How can you be happy without getting overwhelmed?

Achieving happiness is easier than you think!

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There are many different ways to be happy; staying cheerful, satisfied, and positive among your family, friends and general society are great ways to be joyful.

Happiness seems to be a fleeting thing to some people; others seem to have a good grasp on it. Extensive studies and research give way to the fact that well more than half the population suffers from various degrees of diminished self-worth, lacking self-esteem and insufficient confidence.

For most of the people who lack a positive self-image, the future looks like a mere extension of their troubled past.

Their expectation of what is to be is consistent with what has been – with a slight and predictable level of improvement – if any.

Calm down and take it slow.

Never forget to be thankful and mindful of how blessed you are. Do you have a job? Be thankful. In a good relationship? Be thankful. Thankfulness will lead to happiness every time.

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Lighten up! Optimism doesn’t come naturally to some people, but the happiest people are optimists, always looking on the lighter and brighter side of life.

Take it easy on yourself and don't be afraid to laugh; laughing releases endorphins in your brain that makes you truly happy, as does exercise, playing games, and other wholesome activities.

Rise by lifting up others.

People generally feel happier when they give. Now, when most people think of giving, they picture handing over materialistic things to the poor. 

This doesn’t have to be the case all the time – many people, rich or poor, enjoy getting gifts from people. And no, I’m not talking about physical objects, I’m talking about a smile or a kind gesture toward a stranger or a person that you know, lifting their day up.

person making a kind gesture/donating to a stranger

The best way of giving back to a community or a specific person is by practicing philanthropy. Happy people generally are giving people; giving truly does bring the giver joy if it’s done with a real attitude of giving for the sake of giving. Happy people are also thankful for the things in their life, and for the people and relationships in their life.

If you don't believe in yourself, who will?

Try to make the positive relationships that you have with people that are close to you even better.

Have any negative relationships with people you know? Try reforming it.

Nurture your special relationships with family and friends and think about dumping negative relationships that do nothing except bring you down.

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One rule of life - our future will be directly related to what we expect for it to be.

If we doubt our self-worth and expect our future lives to be worse than our current situation, we will sabotage ourselves into making it turn out in alignment with this self-fulfilling prophecy resulting in diminished self-esteem and self-confidence.

If we limit our expectations and plan on more of the same results we have to date experienced, our apathy will generate a future consistent with this expectation.

To the contrary, if we believe in ourselves and we expect that our future will be better than our present situation, self-motivation will result from bringing about the positive outcome we envision.

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