How Happy Are You? – Questions to Ask Yourself
How happy are you really? Deep down all everyone wants is to be happy. It is a desire that almost everyone has in common. But it is not always easy to create happiness, nor to decide whether you are happy once you feel you should be in this particular state of mind. Everybody’s life will have ups and downs, and so it is helpful if we have a gauge by which to judge whether we have achieved happiness or not.
Do I Wake Up Excited about the Day?
This is a tell-tale sign about your inner happiness. Do you wake up each morning ready to face the day, or do you feel anxious or fearful? It is difficult to be happy if you are starting off each morning in a negative way. Try waking up each morning and saying “Today I will do my best to feel happy”. Even if you don’t believe it, you will be putting the thought into your subconscious mind just by saying it each day. If you do it on a regular basis, eventually you will wake up happy.
Do I Look Forward to My Main Occupation?
Whether you are working, attending school, or doing something else… you should feel a sense of anticipation when you think about being there. There are certain things we must do, like pay the rent or bills, so your decision to work is usually not an option. You do, however, have an option as to where you work. If you don’t like it, change it. If you can’t change it then you need to look at your job from a different perspective – “I can learn to like this job as it gives me the money to afford the things I need and want until I can find something I can enjoy.”
Do I Enjoy the People I Spend Most of My Time With?
The people you spend the majority of your time with are the people who will have the greatest influence on you. If they are bitter, discouraging and lack motivation, chances are that you eventually will become the same type of person. If your friends are not uplifting, find new ones. Spend your extra time with those who will cause your life to be more joyful, and will help you create positive memories that will bring long-term happiness. The best friends we can have are the ones that bring out the best in us. If the people you are around bring out the worst in you then you are better off without them.
Do I Like Who I Am?
A key component to happiness is liking and loving yourself for who you are. If you don’t, then you need to figure out why. Make necessary changes, and then choose to love yourself despite your flaws. Self acceptance is the first key to finding self-love. We are all human and we all have our faults and that is OK. We are the only ones who have the power to change our ways or accept ourselves for who we are. Nobody is perfect but we must learn to accept ourselves faults and all if we truly want to find happiness within.
Do I Dread or Look Forward to My Future?
Happiness includes feeling confident and secure about your future. We live in uncertain times, but that doesn’t mean that we have to live every day in fear. Many things in the world are out of our control and stressing or worrying about them hurts us in many ways. Having an understanding that our choices and decisions can affect our future, should help us to make better decisions. Grow your confidence in small ways, and consider counseling if you feel more than occasional stress when you think about the future ahead.
Do I Know My Life Purpose?
Everyone has a life purpose. There is something about you that makes you a unique gift to the world. If you have not discovered this about yourself yet, your self-esteem will suffer, as will your happiness. There are many questionnaires and books dedicated to discovering your life purpose. Consider investing your time to learn more and find what makes you feel most fulfilled in life.
Being happy is not a frivolous desire. It is important to know how you are wired and what it takes to be happy with yourself and your life. By asking yourself these questions and then taking a moment to think about your answers, you will be well on your way to a life of true happiness.
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