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Life's Short. Spend it Happy

Updated on August 2, 2017
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Writing is my passion. I have an undying thirst and quest in the field of writing. Some eat, drink or use drugs when stress, I write.

Life is too short, and happiness is too rare. So, why waste valuable time or feeling on individuals or things that just don’t matter or worth it? Love yourself enough to set boundaries, and after all, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with life when you are juggling between work, family and your personal needs. However, that's when you need to take a step back and not let your emotions get the best of you.

The number one question is what determines true Happiness? Happiness can come in so many various forms that it can be difficult to define. Also, happiness can sometimes be inquired in the wrong places, like wealth, in fact; a person would be unhappy with a lot of money because of the price it brings. The exclusive way to feel happy is to begin satisfying your unmet needs. If the underlying assumption of human purpose is to seek happiness, then why is it that some seem content to wallow in misery? Even when some people are given steps to find happiness, they prefer to continue being miserable.

Stop for a moment and take the time to think have you ever wondered how to know if you’re one of these people who live in a perpetual state of unhappiness? Well, to attempt to shed light, individuals who are addicted to sadness tend to sabotage themselves just as things are going well, they almost always seem down and see the world as gloom and doom as they allow life to rob them of their joy.

Does this sound like you? If the answer is yes, you are addicted to unhappiness. It is often said that “happiness is a choice" if that statement holds any truth then why aren’t more people happy? I am not a professional counselor, I do not treat disorders or behavior, but in my experience, the perspective a person has in life is what determines their happiness.

'Happiness' is more complicated than most might think. Some people strive to be happy, even when they have little and some are unhappy despite having it all. Understanding happiness requires more than just simply feeling happy; it's the combination of pleasant experiences and the great suffering that teaches you much more about how to grow up into being a happier person.

For many of us, feeling happy and finding life meaningful are both necessary. Although, you may have to choose between a happy life and finding life meaningful because being happy and finding useful life overlap. There are three types of happiness we can experience, pleasure, passion, and purpose. Understanding each and their nature is excessively prominent. Each prototype has a different effect on our well-being.

The first type of happiness comes from a person getting what he or she wants and things turning out the way they’d like; although with this kind of joy, it is genetically short because a person can lose it unexpectedly at any time.

The second type of happiness is more intense and longer lasting. It is the kind of joy that you feel when you work very hard for something or on something you care about a lot. The third one is the type of happiness you feel when you understand a mission and why you do what you love. This happiness is the strongest level of satisfaction and also the longest lasting.

Wisdom and Awareness for Lasting Happiness

For a person who desires joy, the way to happiness begins with an understanding regarding the causes of misery. Happiness isn’t something we can enforce upon ourselves but something that emerges from learning how we feel, and what we need.

The point is that there is no magic formula for happiness. The mind is a powerful transformer that can run our lives if we don't take on the responsibility. We can assume the capacity...by admitting our action and not blame anyone for our mistakes. It's a struggle to develop awareness towards the intangibles in our lives — frustration, anger, self-pity, low self-esteem are the forms of mixed thoughts that influence the quality of life without awareness. Manifesting internal knowledge is the key to your happiness

It is through awareness that you can live in a vast, unending world, and be happy. While knowing how to create lasting happiness for yourself comes in different parts. And if you don't fulfill each sector for joy, then the joy will always be hollow and fleeting. Some may think happiness is found in the perfect relationship, a huge mansion on the beach, that fancy luxurious car, and of course wealth, power, fame, and influence.

Yes, we have these big goals and aspirations, and yes, many of us probably want money and authority to a sudden degree or another, most or all of these things. And on the surface, it may even seem as though that's what it takes to give us a sense of power. However, the key to happiness is within the little things that we typically indulge in daily.

The secret to finding lasting happiness is through traveling your own individual path. And while you are doing so, nobody likes misery. Therefore, we must learn how to examine a range of ups and downs, of victories and defeats. It helps you analyze yourself on a path where you are experiencing euphoric highs and demoralizing lows in an attempt to find lasting happiness in life.

The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts and your perspective on life: it depends solely on what you believe, and how you view the world. Therefore, learn to carry all the conditions of happiness within yourself by bringing about a change in your outlook toward things and events in life.

The joy we find in life, of course, isn’t all so much about the thing what we “do,” it is rather things we “experience” as a result of the person we have become and the perspectives we have selected over the course of a lifetime. Long-lasting happiness mainly comes from within and the choice we make in our everyday life.

There are always things to be learned from ordinary occurrence. For me, I learned no matter what happens; I’ll eventually get what I want as long as I cope with it constructively, nothing can get me down. Happiness is about satisfying the Six Human Needs, but most importantly, it’s about learning, growth, and improvement. Cherish life; life's short. Spend it happy.

Life's Short. Spend it Happy

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      Pam Morris 2 weeks ago from Atlanta Georgia

      Hi, Lanecia, thank you for your comment, I love how you seek to find happiness, in the things that cannot be replaced in life. I feel if more did the same things they would find happiness as well.

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      Lanecia Smith 2 weeks ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      Hi Pam,

      You mention excellent points in your article.

      You are absolutely right! Deciding to be happy is a choice that we all should make if we want to avoid living a sad life. I didn't realize how short life really is until recently.

      There are many people out there who find happiness in wealth or material things as you mentioned above, but when these things are gone, so is their happiness.

      I try to find happiness in the things that cannot be replaced in life.

      Such as investing in my health or attaining information in a subject I would like to perform better in.

      You provided an excellent article, and thank you for sharing!