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If You're Not Happy, Stop Complaining and Make a Change

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If You're Not Happy, Stop Complaining and Make a Change
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. How many times have you seen an, "Ugh, I hate Mondays" post on social media? Or how about the classic "FML" status update? F**k your life? Seriously? Those who are completely happy have put themselves in that position because anything other than happiness just isn't acceptable.

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If you are unhappy

If you are unhappy

... you have 2 options:

  • You can complain about it and hope it magically changes.
  • You can set out to make a change.

If you are unhappy you owe it to yourself to make a change -- life is too short to delay any longer.

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Determine why you are unhappy

Determine why you are unhappy

There could be a million different reasons, and it’s up to you to identify them. 

Whatever they are, just know that you aren’t going to find true happiness until you first single out what the problem is. 

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Change your attitude

Change your attitude

Negative thoughts will only generate negativity and unhappiness. If you are constantly having a negative outlook, what do you expect will happen?

You could change that by shifting your attitude and understanding that you are in full control, and fully capable of changing your situation.

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Create a plan to reach happiness

Create a plan to reach happiness

Excuses are made to justify remaining miserable. Eliminate all self-doubt out of your mind and commit to developing a plan to become happy. 

Determine what your ultimate end goal is and reverse engineer the steps you will need to take to reach it. 

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Take action and don’t look back

Take action and don’t look back

Simply taking action doesn’t guarantee results; your journey to happiness could include mistakes, rejection and disappointment. 

But if you don’t take action there is only one guarantee, and that is your situation will never improve and you will remain unhappy.

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Happy people are responsible

  • They don't hold on to grudges. Forgiving and forgetting is absolutely necessary.
  • They don't make excuses. They use failure as an opportunity to change for the better.

Happy people are well rounded people

  • They savor the moment. They "stop to smell the roses".
  • They're busy, but not rushed. A healthy work-life balance is key.
  •  They don't sweat the small stuff. They focus only of what is important and within their control.

Happy people invest in their relationships

  • They spend money on others. One reason is that it creates social connections.
  • They celebrate other people's success through "active and constructive" responding.
  • They treat everyone with respect and kindness. Kindness, like happiness, is contagious.
  • They're proactive about relationships. They work on maintaining their relationships.
  • They express gratitude. It improves mood and energy and decreases anxiety.
  • They engage in deep, meaningful conversations.

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Start right away

We get so caught up in researching and thinking about a project that the anxiety to create something great can build up. 

Start immediately. You can even make small amounts of progress e...

Focus

If you have a few projects at a time, focus on one. Work with intense focus. Do not allow distractions.

When you feel your motivation slows down, switch to another project.

Prioritize

If we are just ticking things off our to-do list without any order, the important tasks may not get completed.

Determine the urgency of your tasks to figure out which requires priority. 

The Paradox of Choice

Having more options doesn’t mean that we will be happier, although, we often think that it will.

When we have too many choices, it is more difficult to take action, and if we decide, we are l...

Money

Money is related to happiness. If you don’t have enough money to feed your family, more money will more likely increase your happiness. 

But once you have met all of the basic needs, money is less influential.

Engagement and work

People are happiest and perform their best when they are actively engaged in what they are doing. 

To find happiness in your work, the key is to have projects that take you just outside of your comfort zone.