Happiness sometimes can seem elusive and yet it is the greatest quest in our life’s journey. We all can use more happiness in our lives. Often life’s lessons can seem to deplete our happiness at times, especially when we are facing challenges. Life is a series of cycles, ups and downs. None of us are “up” all of the time.
That said increasing happiness is a worthy pursuit. Happiness does not mean the absence of negative emotions. Happy people still experience the full spectrum of emotions but the frequency of negative emotions is less and they process those negative emotions differently by finding meaning and an alternate perspective that others many not.
The more we experience happiness, the more beneficial it is to our lives as a whole. Research confirms that happier people are more successful in all areas of their lives. Happy people are healthier and do not get sick as often. Happier people perceive their life to be easier despite challenges and have a more positive outlook overall. Happiness is contagious! Happy people have a positive influence on those around them and their environment. As a result they have deeper conversations with friends and colleagues and tend to be more creative and productive. Lastly, happy people smile more.
We all can use some tips and strategies to increase our happiness and prevent us in getting in a downward cycle of despair when our life seems to be in a downward cycle. These tips are helpful not only in breaking a downward cycle but also to help us smooth out the ups and downs of life and experience more happiness consistently as you traverse through our lives.