HAPPY LIFE = A state of happiness = ZEST = Approaching life with excitement and energy; not doing things halfway or halfheartedly; living life as an adventure; feeling alive and activated.
If I ask you now what it is you want out of life, I bet one of your top answers will be to have a happy life and to find more zest for life. Then if I ask you what you want for your children or family, again one of your top answers will be for them to find a happy life too.
Yet, if I ask you how you, your children or your family intend to secure that happiness and zest for life then I know you’ll find that question a lot harder to answer.
So exactly how do you get more happiness for you and your family in 2018?
Being happy is something we all think about a lot and we want it so badly, but many of us have no idea how to get it.
We share thoughts about it on social media, we talk about happiness amongst our friends and family and we discuss our need for it at work… and yet none of us REALLY know how to get more of it or to secure our happy life for the future.
Also, what seems to work for one person doesn’t necessarily work for you and that just leaves you feeling worse and even more lost.
I believe that happiness is a skill. It’s something you have to work at to get it, grow it and keep it. It takes practice and must be nurtured, and it’s not easy… believe me.
Ways To Be Happy In 2018
If someone’s happier than you, they weren’t born that way. They just have a slightly more developed set of happiness skills than you. But it doesn’t have to be that way and changing it is possible and it’s definitely worth the effort.
The great thing about knowing this is the realisation that happiness won't come to you. Instead, you have to go out and find it. When you're open to the idea that you need to work at something, then progress can really be made... as long as you make a decision to move in the right direction.
I'm sure you've had these types of thoughts:
I'd be happy if I lost weight... or got that job and earned more money.
If you think you'll achieve happiness by being richer or prettier then I’m afraid you’re wrong. Scientific studies show that winning the lottery will not make you happier. In fact, some of the richest people in the world are just as happy as some of the poorest. Also, studies show that some of the prettiest supermodels are less happy than the average citizen.
This might be surprising, but it’s also reassuring. You can now cross off winning the lottery, becoming richer or becoming prettier from your ‘How To Be Happy’ list and start re-writing another one based on existing science, your individual needs and on realistic outcomes.
Also, I'm sure you've also had these thoughts:
I'd be happier if I booked that holiday.... bought those new curtains for my house... or bought that new outfit.
Unfortunately, this is self-indulgent hedonistic happiness and is only temporary because it fails to deal with the cause for the overall lack of happiness.
Achieving A Happy Life In 2018
Remember that happiness is a skill we all have to work at to get it, grow it and keep it. If we're not working hard at it then it's safe to assume we're not actually on the right path.
Once you have clarity about that and about exactly what works for you then you can really become the master of your own happiness and help your family become the master of theirs too, and boost your zest for life at the same time.
Now that sounds more like it!
So how exactly do you work hard to achieve a happy life?
Well, from the above we now know how NOT to achieve it. The key is now to discover what we should actually be doing.
There are some surprisingly simple things you can do right now, to:
- Measure your current zest and happiness levels;
- Once you have that baseline the next step is to understand how to improve them; and
- Finally, you can set a number of easy to achieve actions that will help you boost your zest for life.
To help you achieve this I've developed a free zest boosting pack to help you get your happiness back on track.
After you sign up I'll make sure you stay updated on research and discoveries that really work to give you tangible ways to be happy and to secure a happy life.
Now that's inspired!