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Creating Your Own Treasure Map To Happiness

Written by Erik Larson, Community Blogger | Apr 28, 2017 7:58 PM

All of us want to be happy. We may want to find our purpose in life and are driven to find a career that fuels our passions and gives us focus. We may want to get married, have children, create something that will last the test of time.

Life doesn't come with a one-size-fits-all approach to creating your own happiness; although our life depends on health which has been said to have a direct connection to happiness. What are some ways you can cultivate your own journey to happiness and achieve your personal and professional goals and objectives? Here are some key ways to create your own treasure map to happiness:

Stop thinking about specific outcomes.

The great Jedi Master Yoda said it best, "Let go of everything you feel to lose." While this can be applied to attachments and other things, it can also be applied to your rumination about achieving specific outcomes. It's wonderful to have your own goals and objectives but leave some room for changes along the way. The best laid plans sometimes fail or go a better way than expected. If you have anxious tendencies, then this can be difficult. You could be more focused on the past and future and not the present. Always be present in the current moment.

Don't let others determine your levels of success.

You may have a wonderful mentor or a parent who wants the best for you. You could own your own business and have to deal with competitors and customers' negative feedback from time to time. Whatever the case -- big, small, positive, negative -- don't let what others think drive your success and life happiness. If you let others in your life, society and other factors influence your decisions and definitions of happiness, then you will always feel like you're failing. Be your own best judge of happiness. Learn to do what you want.

Always appreciate what you have.

When you're looking toward what you want, you may not focus on what you already actually have. It's human nature and the way the world goes around in the 21st Century (and even before). Several studies indicate that gratitude is therapeutic and helps immensely in physical, social and mental health. For example, you will maintain a lower blood pressure; experience more optimism and joy; and be more forgiving and less lonely. Instead of focusing on the negative aspects of why you don't have the job position you want, be thankful for the job you have. After all, it's paying the bills and giving your valuable experience on what you want and don't want in your career.

Write, write, write.

When you write down your thoughts, feelings and emotions, they become real to you. Come up with your own game plan on how to achieve happiness. Write about anything and everything, but be sure to write about what you are grateful for. Make time every day to write down at least one thing that you are grateful for. It will change your mindset and ways of thinking. In those instances when you don't know how or what to write, spend some time reading informative and well researched information about what you might be feeling. Whether you're trying to better understand what it feels like to be depressed, identifying anxiety, handling stress, or something else.

Conquer your fears.

Nothing keeps you from reaching your dreams and happiness like not taking the first step. Do something every day that scares you. If you have anxiety, this can be increasingly difficult. Take risks, though. You never know what kinds of light will come out of the end of the tunnel when you try something you never thought you would try. Don't be afraid of failure. If you don't have failures, then you can't have happiness because you aren't growing as an individual. Additionally, it's important that you don't buy into the lies some of us are often told; some of which we tell to ourselves. Take that test for your certification, express an idea in a business meeting, go on that blind date. You never know where it can lead you.

These key map points, as well as hundreds of others, will help you cultivate happiness in your own life.

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