I'LL BE HAPPY WHEN …
“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present:. -Jim Rohn
Have you noticed that the western world seems to have adopted a mass "I'll be happy when" mind-set?.
I’ll be happy when… I have lost weight, got a new job, new partner, new car, new business, new house. I'll be happy when…. I get that promotion, have paid of my debts, have more money, am married, divorced or had a baby. I thought like this for most of my adult life. I truly believed that I would be happier when I lost weight. That life would be absolutely perfect. That I would suddenly look in the mirror and be wonderfully happy with who I saw looking back at me. But after losing six and a half stones, that didn't happen. I still felt the same way about myself.
We are often so fixated on what we don't have in our lives that we miss the point. I know I did. I didn’t understand that true happiness lies within us, not outside of us. Yes, we can be happy about external events or situations, like a new relationship, a promotion or a fun, pleasurable experience but that kind of happiness is short lived, it fades as quickly as the memory of the event fades
The Astonishing Power of Gratitude
I don't have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness - it's right in front of me if I'm paying attention and practicing gratitude. Brene Brown
It’s a fact – Keeping a Gratitude journal makes you happier.
Practising gratitude for 5 minutes a day has been proven to increase your long-term happiness and well-being by more than 10%, - which is about the same impact as doubling your income. Assuming that most people are unlikely to double their income over the next 6 months, I would most definitely recommend practising gratitude as alternative way of bringing more happiness into your life. It also just happens to be the easiest and fastest way to feel more positive and optimistic.
There are a couple of very good reasons for this…