Are You Happy? No? Then Change Something

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I found this awesome infograph and it inspired me to write a brief post. The graph asks, Are you happy? If no, then change something. If yes, then keep doing what you’re doing. If you’re not happy, but don’t want to be happy, you can also keep doing what you’ve been doing. I think this illustrates very clearly that you are responsible for your own happiness, and that change begins with an awareness of the need to do something about it.

You’re not going to wait around and become happy. You’ve got to put a little work into it, and deserve that happiness. So how to do this?

Step One: Change your Attitude.

Happiness is an emotion, just like the hundreds of other emotions we have the ability to feel and comprehend and put into thousands of words. Instead of thinking negative thoughts, think positive ones. Instead of being upset about something, think of something that you can be happy about. Even if it’s, “Well, I could be dying or dead.” Because some people are dying or dead. You still have an entire life to live, so don’t waste it.

Step Two: Realize that Change is Possible.

You’ve also got to seriously believe that you can change your life. It is YOUR life, and although there are some things we cannot change (the economy, the climate), there are lots of things that you can change. This is called your locus of control. What things inside your locus of control can you change? You, your relationships, your job, your education, your location, your inner thought processes, your behavior and your actions.

Step Three: Decide What Your Goals Are.

You cannot start on a road trip without knowing where to go, can you? Sure, you can just kind of jump in the car and go, but you’ve got to at least know where the highway is, which direction you feel like going in, and where your keys are (damn!). Write down what it is you’d like to change about your life (see If Your Life Sucks, Do Something About It), and why. Then figure out how you’re going to do just that…

Step Four: Make Action Steps and DO IT

You can’t be WINNING if you’re not even trying. So once you figure out what your goals are, then you have to figure out exactly how you’re going to do it. This can take a bit of research, but it’s totally worth it, especially if you want to avoid wasting time (and probably money) through trial and error. These are action steps – your to-do list from here on out. But just writing it down isn’t enough, you have to do it. You can’t change your life without actually changing anything, duh. So don’t look stupid (even to yourself) by not following through. Don’t you care about your own life, and think you’re worthy of being kept a promise? Then don’t break your own promises to yourself.

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3 thoughts on “Are You Happy? No? Then Change Something

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  2. charles says:

    As Abraham Lincoln once said..A man is about as happy as he “MAKES HIS MIND UP TO BE”. .There is nothing more powerful than a made up mind..Have you ever tried to take a lollypop/Candy from a one year old that dosent want to give it up? You almost have to pull the little fingers apart to get it from him/her.,,Why.? because that baby has made it’s mind UP. I AM KEEPING IT…So make your mind up..HEY.NO MATTER WHAT…I’M GOING TO BE H A P P Y ANYWAY… SO THERE..

  3. Right on the money. I couldn’t have said it better myself. You have a choice so why not execute that choice. Misery loves company and it usually is good at sucking people in. I’m a winner and no one is going to drag me back to that miserable life I once had. Thank you for the reminder and thanks for stopping by KickFearNow blog. I hope you don’t mind if I share your piece on my FB and Twitter.

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