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Finding true happiness is a lot more complicated than most people are able to truly grasp. While we can find people who make us feel better and do things that bring smiles to our faces, true happiness comes from within.

The trick to finding happiness is to stop wasting all of your time searching for it, but the average person isn’t going to want to accept that. Some of us spend our whole lives looking for something that was right under our noses all along, and I think that in itself is quite tragic. Below I am going to go over some of the best possible tips I could find regarding becoming truly happy. 

If you’re feeling stuck or as if nothing makes you want to keep going anymore, these tips might help bring a bit of spark back into your life. While not enough to solve all of your problems, these tips can and will help you to better understand yourself and the way that happiness works.

These 11 Tips Could Help You Find True Happiness:

1. Treat yourself how you would treat others.

Stop being so mean to yourself. If you wouldn’t say something to someone else why say it to yourself? You deserve the care you offer others just as much as they do.

2. Do something that you actually enjoy.

Sure, we all have to work and make money, that’s how the world is but you don’t have to stay at a job you hate. If you don’t like your job find another one. There is no sense in allowing a place you have to spend most of your time at to ruin your life.

3. Try to worry a little less.

There is no sense in worrying about things we have no control over. If you’re keeping yourself up at night stressing over situations that may never happen you’re closing your own happiness off. You’re creating your own madness and it’s got to stop at one point or another, learn to let go.

4. Accept the way those around you are and cut ties with the ones who suck.

Stop making excuses for the people in your life. If someone is mean to you or using you, get them out of your life. No one who is bringing you down or holding you back deserve to be in your circle.

5. Be willing to admit that you’re not okay.

When you’re at your worst and about to scream, stop pretending everything is fine. Sometimes we have to be willing to show this side of ourselves so that we can process it properly. The more you hide the further away from happiness you will find yourself.

6. Let go of the past.

Your past does not define you. You are a different person than you were back then and the mistakes you have made are not a reflection of who you are right now. Let go of the past, all it does is hold you back.

7. Appreciate all the good things.

While it might not seem like you have a lot in life, you do have some pretty amazing things. You have people who love and care for you and are a lot closer to where you need to be now than you were in the past. Don’t forget to give yourself a pat on the back every once in a while.

8. Find a purpose in life.

While easier said than done, we all have a purpose in this life. Whether you can find yours quickly or not is the question. Perhaps you should start by diving into your passions.

9. Focus on the small things.

Sometimes the smallest things in life can bring us the most joy. If you’re worked up and stressed out stop and smell the roses. Take a break if you need one, life is short, and we don’t have as much time as we tend to think.

10. Stop saying ‘yes’ all the time.

Quit taking on more than you can handle. If you have too much to do don’t say ‘yes’ to more people. Know your own limits and don’t be afraid to use the word ‘no.’

11. Know where your emotions are coming from.

Stop blaming other people for the way you’re feeling. Start breaking things down and addressing the source of each emotion you feel as it comes forward. There is no way to get through them without managing this.

These things help us to cultivate a better mindset and focus on our mental state. If you’re not taking care of your mind you’re never going to be able to find the happiness you so desperately feel you need. Be true to yourself and stop trying to make the pieces fit when they clearly won’t.