Most people assume that being happy is all about always being positive and looking at the brighter side of things, but this is not exactly true. While having a positive outlook can bring you peace, to some extent, being truly happy is more about allowing yourself to accept life as it is – with all its flaws and imperfections.
Accepting these ten truths about life will make you feel a lot happier and more comfortable with yourself:
1. We do not have control
Accepting the fact that we have almost no control over our daily lives will allow you to live a significantly happier life. Instead of fretting when things do not go according to your plans, it is much healthier to just let it go and let things happen at their own pace.
2. Do not expect
Expecting things from other people will inevitably lead to heartbreak. Nobody is perfect and when you expect something from someone else, they might not be able to deliver that. But when you stop expecting completely, you take out the number one cause for let-downs and can live a much happier life.
3. Perfection is unachievable
There is a reason why people say that perfection is the ideal state. Anything that is “ideal” cannot exist in a material and tangible reality. Chasing after perfection will only lead to frustration and unhappiness. Accept that nothing, including you, is perfect.
4. Worrying solves nothing
If you have a tendency to worry about things then this might be why you are unhappy. Worrying is ultimately a waste of time and never helps you do anything productive. In fact, worrying can spoil your happiness for the moment as well! It’s better instead to just live in the moment and accept life as it comes to you.
5. Hardships are necessary
That’s right. No matter how terrible they make you feel, without hardships, you would not be able to learn the valuable lessons that life has to offer. Instead of cursing your fate when things go wrong, take a step back and look at the bigger picture. Often, the lessons are carefully hidden in plain sight.
6. Be productive, not busy
A lot of people tend to confuse between being busy and being productive. There is no point in taking up a lot of work if you are ultimately not moving forward in life.
7. Less is actually more
When it comes to happiness, the phrase ‘less is more’ really is true. The lesser material possessions you have, the happier you will be. More possessions increase desire and greed, which can lead to a deep sense of unhappiness and even depression.
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8. Focus on inner beauty
We, as a society, tend to be more concerned with what we can see, and less with what lies underneath. Instead of simply focusing on outer beauty of things, try to look beyond that at what really matters. More often than not, focusing on outer appearances can cause unhappiness.
9. Arguing is pointless
When you argue with someone because you do not agree with them, you are wasting valuable time and energy. It is virtually impossible to change other people’s minds through arguments and all it does is create extra stress for you. Anger has never been an efficient way to solve anything and learning how to let your anger go is a huge step in the direction of a happier life.
10. Be open to change
As humans, we tend to hold on to things and keep them from changing. But in this ever-evolving universe, change is the only constant. Accepting the fact that things are going to change, and that change is not always a bad thing, will help you find mental peace. It will also spare you the stress that comes with trying to prevent the inevitable.
Once you accept these simple rules of life, you will find that it is much easier to find joy in the mundane, and happiness will come easier to you.