Characterising genuine happiness is tough to do – just as hard as it is to attain. So what we need to do is to distinguish amongst moments of pleasure, feelings of elation, and actual happiness.
Although there are a number of things that contribute to happiness, I think that a major contributing factor to long-term happiness is perceived growth and continued self-improvement. You need to perceive that you are growing, giving, and making a difference to your life.
The sensation of moving forward and progressing in health, travel, fitness, career, family, relationships, education, and spirituality will lead to a happier and more fulfilling life. However, maintaining a balance without being constantly fatigued from the treadmill of a work existence is the true secret to happiness.
Lauren Britt said it best:
“Beware of destination addiction…
A preoccupation with the idea that happiness is in the next place, the next job, or with the next partner. Until you give up the idea that happiness is somewhere else, it will never be where you are. “
One of the best ways to find happiness is through simplicity. When I started to simplify my life, I asked myself three big questions:
- What makes me happy?
- Am I honestly trying to compete with others? Even on a subconscious level?
- How can I simplify my life to enhance my happiness?
I have included my 12 steps to happiness infographic below. I would love to know if you are moving toward happiness in 2016, or you feel like you are stuck in a rut.
Either way, I think I can help you.