6 Ways to Redirect Your Life to Happiness (365 Days of Spirited Living — DAY 314)
“Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.”
— Margaret Lee Runbeck
Many people make tremendous strides in life to reach or obtain a certain level of happiness. Some people leave a corporate job while others move to a new city to start a new one. Other people choose to pursue money, power, or fame. Still, others look towards ancient spiritual teachings or meditations all in an attempt to find that elusive thing called happiness.
What we sometimes fail to realize is that happiness has nothing to do with outside forces or external influences. True happiness is created by positive thoughts which turn into positive choices and subsequently become positive action. Happiness is not a destination; it is a habit that must be chosen each day. Like any redirection in life, it is the small steps that make the most difference.
Here are 6 ways to move your life into happiness:
1. Live by facts and embrace reality.
Everything is not going to go our way all of the time. Facts cannot be changed. And when facts are presented, we can either look for an alternative route that might lead to increased frustration or confusion. Or we can accept what has been presented as it is. To not embrace the reality of life and of situations is to live in a fairy tale. All fairy tales must come to an end and then we are left with reality which always rests on facts and pushes us to engage with them.
2. Use faith to challenge fear.
The enemy of happiness is fear. Everyday life puts us at a crossroads to choose the path of complete faith or to choose the path of fear. Happiness opens up the door for us to use our strengths, improve the areas in which we are weak, and generally focus on doing the things we are good at. Faith allows us to realign our talents with a positive mindset to achieve our goals and reach our dreams.
3. Mountains are made for climbing.
Instead of thinking about what is on the other side of the door to our dreams, people who redirect their lives toward happiness take steps and make strides to get to where they really want to go. Instead of fearing the unknown or worrying about what might or could happen, focus on wonder. Allow yourself to be curious and brave. Climb the mountain no matter how difficult it is to get to where you want to go.
4. Choose to be in love with the process.
Life is a journey. Every journey is a process of putting one foot in front of the other until you reach the destination. The process is often painful but it is where we learn the most lessons, gain the most insights, and participate in the most preparation. Right now is the most important part of your life. It is in the process that we grow and eventually succeed. Choosing to be happy on the journey guarantees happiness when we reach our proper destination.
5. Seek out connections.
We are wired for social connection. Wrapped in ourselves, looking inward all the time, we find many of the things we don’t like and wish we could change. That sets us up for improvement but it can also set us up for disappointment. Seeking out opportunities to love, give, and serve increases our social intelligence and ability to show empathy and compassion. Stepping out of our comfort zone to focus on the needs of others brings true happiness.
6. Be inspired by change.
Change is unavoidable. So is the fact that morning turns into night and night turns into morning. Change can cause us to recoil if we let it, but it can also force us to be flexible and adaptable and allow the change to run its course. When the storm winds come as they often will, don’t run; simply adjust the sales. Life without change is an unbalanced life which gives us nothing with which to compare sadness or happiness.
“The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than growing with them.”
— Bernard M. Baruch