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The road to happiness isn’t always easy, nor does it really have one final destination. Joy exists on a spectrum.
A lack of contentment is one of the most common overarching themes people bring up in therapy.
While it’s best to seek tailored advice from a therapist for yourself, it can be helpful to see just how therapy has helped people with this particular issue.
“The best advice I learned is that it is OK if you’re not OK,” This was so powerful because we spend so much time resisting negative emotions and feeling as though we need to be happy always. In actuality, sadness and anger are totally normal and appropriate in certain situations.
Whatever decision you make, just line yourself up with it.
This helps take the stress out of decision-making by learning that you could be satisfied with any other decision. As long as you are fully on board with your reasons — and could have your own back whatever the outcome.
Therapists look at you in your roles as employee or friend and also as humans. And we have to accept that sometimes we will do things wrong and those times we won’t feel our best.
We're allowed to occasionally fail, but pick yourself up and adopt a growth mindset and find joy in the process of its learning. We need to know that we’re all just trying our best.
Sometimes we spend a lot of time judging people over petty matters and casual opinions. But if you think about it, life is too short to hold grudges and hate people.
You could bottle up bitterness about people until you realize negativity is not worth holding in.
Each of your mornings, pretend and seek being happy when you get to work or school. You would force the creation of vibrant energy that continues to fill positivity in your day and each person who interacts with you. This in turn will make you feel better.
It seems pretty obvious, but it is so easy to put your own happiness on the back burner due to external stressors like work, relationships or just life as a whole. Don't say "I'll worry about myself later", learn to consider it NOW.
People think they can have full control over other peoples’ feelings, but note the importance of letting that go. You can only control your own feelings, which means you can control the actions that trigger those feelings.
Don’t ignore what makes you happy, or else you’re holding yourself back.
If you need to take care of others, make sure you give time and energy to focus of yourself as well, and prioritize self-care routines.
“The more you assure yourself of your happiness, existent or non, you eventually will experience the happiness you conjured up.”
Therapist remind you to consider that you're in control of your happiness and your life, and always use your voice no matter what.
Do not settle for less than what you deserve. If you want more out of life, you can and have to make it happen.
And again, the more you assure yourself of your happiness, existent or non, you eventually will experience the happiness you conjured up.
Practice gratitude and notice the small things that you can appreciate like your food tasting great, car looking squeaky clean or workday being good.
Doing this on a daily basis has allows you to focus on the many reasons to be happy.
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