How to live a happier life

Life isn’t about being happy all of the time. Life is about being less of a Grinch or less of a Shrek 💚. You become less grumpy by not taking things personally or seriously, and by staying curious.

Don’t take things personally

It’s hard to feel happy when you’re constantly thinking about what someones else thinks 💭 or says about you.

Hold on to your happiness no matter what other people do or say. 

Accept that we’re all living our unique lives. Accept that even when you feel happy, someone else will be feeling sad or angry. And vice versa.

Remember: don’t take things personally. What people say and do stems from the type of day that they’re having to the current problems they’re facing.

Don’t take things seriously

Another way you can access happiness is by not taking things seriously.

Have a sense of humor. Live as if you have nothing to lose and always everything to gain.

Not taking things seriously requires you to let go:

Let go of your expectations. Let go of your attachments to certain outcomes. Let go of the thought that everything must go your way all of the time.

Flow with what life brings you. When you wake up 🌅, give yourself and everyone else another chance.

Stay curious

The things that bring you unhappiness are not meant to keep you miserable. They’re there to point you to the direction that frees you from that misery.

Stay curious: Be open or do things differently.

Sometimes doing things differently means starting all over. And that’s also okay. Better late than never.

When you’re curious, even if only for a few minutes, you’re taken out of your mind and into someone else’s perspective or into the beauty and wisdom of the world.

Happiness isn’t permanent, but it’s within your power and for your benefit to be a happier person. You lose a little bit of the stress, you smile more 😊.

It will never be about being happy all of the time, it’ll always be about finding ways to be less grumpy.

We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you’ve never felt before. I hope you meet people who have a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start over again.

by Scott Fitzgerald

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4 thoughts on “How to live a happier life

  1. You make great points, Sam!

    Like us not being able to fight our feelings 24/7. Totally relate to that.

    I totally agree with you that people should be aware of what they’re putting out and not taking it out on others. I’m very sensitive to people who take out their stress on others, and there was a point last year where like you said “enough was enough”, and I told the person directly about it.

    It’s frustrating, too, when you’re kind to others, and they aren’t nice to you and take advantage of the “cutting them some slack”.


  2. All three are great arguments. Those definitely help keep me happy.
    However, we are all human, and cannot fight our feelings 24/7. Sometimes we give in and do take seriously/personally. Sometimes enough is enough.
    While I wholeheartedly believe that we are all responsible for our own happiness and should not hold others responsible for providing us with it, I think that’s not an excuse for others to take their issues out on us. Yes, sometimes others are going through something and aren’t as nice as they otherwise would have been. We should cut them some slack, but they should also try to be aware of what they are putting out. I don’t want you to take your frustrations out on me if I’m nothing but kind to you.

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