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Finding happiness is not as complicated as some people make it out to be. If you are not someone suffering from a specific kind of mental illness chances are you might just need a reminder as of where to look.

Happiness is something we are all searching for but so few of us will actually find. Below I am going to go over some of the rules of happiness that should be taken to heart. These rules are things that no one should forget. If you keep these in mind and live your life positively you will find all the happiness you could have ever dreamed of and more in time.

12 ‘Commandments’ For Happiness:

1. Thou should always remember to smile.

If you remember to smile as time goes by you will be a much happier person. Sometimes we can literally think ourselves into a good moon as weird as that may seem. The more you work towards it the more you will achieve it.

2. Thou must listen to his or herself and others always.

If you listen to yourself and others you will be a much happier person in general. We all want to be listened to and so listening to yourself is a wonderful place to begin. Let yourself be heard even if only by your own two ears.

3. Thou will get nowhere without believing in thyself.

If you do not believe in yourself you will never get anywhere. The more you believe in yourself the better your life will become. If you do not believe in yourself how would you expect others to?

4. Thou must always show respect.

If you do not respect others you will not get any respect in return. This does not feel good and will bring down your spirits. While it might not seem like much from a distance, respect is extremely important.

5. Thou shall not be treated as a doormat.

If you are allowing other people to walk all over you, you are not going to be happy. Being treated like shit makes us feel like shit. You need to demand that they treat you better or cut ties.

6. Thou must practice mindfulness.

If you are not already doing so, you need to begin practicing mindfulness. Be as in the moment as you can and really take things one day at a time. Tomorrow is never promised.

7. Thou must understand happiness is a journey.

If you are someone that thinks you can find happiness in another person you are sadly mistaken. Happiness comes from within and is a journey all on its own. You cannot find it in another person.

8. Thou must take care of one’s self.

If you are not the kind of person to practice self-care that needs to change. You need to take care of yourself. Eat better, exercise, get the rest you deserve. Don’t let other people keep pushing you to do things if you don’t want to do them. Even just learning to say no is a huge step towards self-care.

9. Thou must be able to cope with the rough spots in life.

If you are not able to deal with the tough times that life throws your way you need to work on that. How we cope says a lot about who we are. You need to be able to work through the pain.

10. Thou must be able to overcome the past.

If you cannot yet overcome the past you need to work on it. Overcoming the past and really letting go opens up so many doors. You will see what I mean in time.

11. Thou must be willing to give.

If you are not someone who gives freely you need to work on that. Giving is something that makes us all feel amazing. Sure, you don’t have to give everything you have but just know it does make a difference.

12. Thou will get nowhere without treating others kindly.

If you are the kind of person to be rude to others that needs to change. You need to treat other people how you would want to be treated. Being rude is only going to make you more unhappy.

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