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Happiness—Finding Joy and Pleasure in the Little Things in Life

Updated on February 20, 2022
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Hope is a freelance content writer, specializing in mental health and wellness, personal growth and development, and content marketing.

Happiness is Elusive

Happiness seems to be such an elusive thing for most people. In fact, many set out on searches for happiness, yet cannot figure out what makes them happy. Better yet, they come to realize that they aren’t even sure what happiness really is.

One of the first things you have to do before you can even come to some sort of idea about happiness in your life is deciding what is making you unhappy. If you feel a lack of contentment, it obviously stems from something deeper. You have to figure out what that is first. Once you come to an understanding of that, then you can begin to work on true happiness.

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Ditch unnecessary stuff

After you figure out what is at the root of your unhappiness, then you have to start working on removing those things from your life. Sometimes it might be something as simple as your environment. Maybe your living space is too cluttered and it creates a sense of uneasiness within you. Perhaps you have an unhealthy relationship that is eating away at you every day.

Knowing the source of that unhappiness you feel every day will enable you to begin the necessary work to change it immediately. Some changes can begin to take shape overnight; others may require more time and effort. Also, remember that just because there is something stealing your happiness, that does not mean you have to totally uproot it from your life, either. Sometimes you might simply need to reshape your priorities, or just learn how to create more balance for yourself.

Take note of the little things

After you start cleaning out your life, you should start to notice changes in your mentality. Some things that once bothered you and stole your joy might become meaningless to you now. Through this important change, it is important for you to begin to change the way you view your life. Start noticing the little things in your life every day.

Some people fly through their life, barely stopping to breathe. It’s almost as if the world is on fire and they do everything they can to prevent themselves from succumbing to the flames. Yet, truthfully, they are in the center of the inferno. When you can learn to slow down, let the unimportant things slide, and focus on the beautifulness in your life, you will find yourself feeling much less stressed and a lot happier than you ever were before.

A little smile to light your day...


  • Slow down
  • Clean out your life (literally)
  • Stop and smell the roses

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2009 Hope Wilbanks


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