How to Achieve Real Happiness
Are you happy? While you may answer yes consider the question further. Are you really happy? Does your life fill you with joy? Do you feel well? Are you excited by the thought of what each day holds? When considering happiness there are a lot of questions that can be asked. Perhaps one of the first ones you will think of is, 'What is happiness?'
Happiness is a state of being. Positive psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky describes happiness as a positive emotion that not only means you experience the emotions of well-being, joy and contentment but these emotions are also "combined with a sense that one's life is good, meaningful and worthwhile."
So for you to experience real happiness it appears that you need to create a life with meaning. So does your life have meaning? Do you feel that it is worthwhile?
These are important questions to ask yourself. If you feel happy but your life is lacking something, then it may be that you aren't experiencing a full state of real happiness. Creating change could take your life from mediocre to amazing and allow you to experience the full effects of real happiness.
So how can you create real happiness?
Discover your passion and purpose. Make these an intrinsic part of your everyday life. If you're wondering how to find them then take a piece of paper or notebook and answer the following questions.
What do want to do with your life?
How do you want to feel every day?
What do you enjoy doing? List those things that make you feel excited, creative, inspired and energized.
What are you good at? List those things that make you feel creative, energized, inspired and that you lose yourself in when you are doing them.
What do you want your legacy to be?
When you think back on your life, what do you want to be remembered for?
Who are your role models? Why?
What are your big dreams and goals?
How can you achieve your big dreams and goals?
Who or what can help you change your life for the better?
As you answer the questions you will begin to find a pattern in your answers and recurrent themes. These can help you identify what you need to do and change to create real happiness in your life.
If you consider that your life needs to be worthwhile and meaningful as Lyubomirsky says, then you need to consider what you can do to create those in your own life. You need to find your passion and purpose. When you have found those and embedded them into your life then you will find real happiness.