Why happiness is simple

Happiness likes to keep things simple. Happiness evades you when you set your expectations so high on what it takes for you to be happy.

When you lower your expectations, when you find acceptance and contentment with less, happiness meets you there.

It’s easier to find happiness when you begin looking at all tasks in your day as wonders of life, with curiosity.

I encourage you to find happiness especially in your private moments, be it in your inner reflections or moments of routine. Look at how far you’ve come! How much strength and perspective have you accumulated as a result?

Lastly, help make happiness go around. Your words and actions are powerful enough to make someone’s day. A few words of encouragement go a long way.

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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