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Achieving Happiness and Life Satisfaction

Jonathan Riley

“Happiness is not a goal, it is a by-product.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“How to Be Happy?” With over 6 billion search results, it is one of Google’s most popular questions. Every person has their own idea of what makes them happy. However, extensive research on happiness has revealed that certain needs must be met in order to achieve this emotional state. When we discuss achieving happiness, we are referring to long-term happiness rather than the short-term feelings of joy we experience in our daily lives. Over the next three weeks, we will talk about what you can do to feel happier.

While some people are naturally happier than others, there are things you can do to cultivate your sense of happiness.

Find purpose.

Those who believe they are making a positive contribution to the well-being of humanity have a more positive outlook on life. Most people want to be a part of something bigger than themselves for the simple reason that it is satisfying. Finding happiness is possible when you put your personal strengths to work in the service of something greater than yourself.

Pursue Intrinsic Goals

Pursuing intrinsically motivated goals, particularly those focused on personal growth and community, can help boost happiness. According to research, following these intrinsically motivated goals can result in greater satisfaction than pursuing extrinsic goals such as acquiring money or status.

Practice gratitude

Gratitude is a state of mind that focuses on what you have rather than on what you lack. Gratitude is about appreciating your life and being grateful for the joy it brings. It has been shown that gratitude is associated with feelings of happiness, increased well-being, and improved health.

Have a core set of values

Core values are a set of fundamental beliefs, ideals, or practices that guide how you conduct your life personally and professionally. When it comes to learning how to be happy, having a core set of values is an excellent tool because it reminds you of the principles and ideals you aspire to.

Physical and Emotional Health

Increase your physical activity because it not only keeps you healthy but also makes you happy. In addition, eat a well-balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables, keep stress to a minimum, get regular checkups, moderate alcohol consumption, and avoid smoking to be your healthiest and happiest self.

Financial security

It’s challenging to be happy if you are constantly worried about getting fired or simply not sure if you will “make it.” Money may not be the key to happiness, but research suggests that financial security does impact our emotional and psychological health. Additionally, research indicates that people are most content with their lives when they believe their economic security will gradually improve over time and that they will not have to work as hard to achieve it.

Purposeful work

As in life, the search for meaning and purpose is applicable in the workplace. If you lack a sense of purpose, you are generally not engaged in your work, nor with the organisation you work for. Therefore, it is important to be clear about, believe in and be fully focused on your purpose and pursue work you are passionate about.

Accomplish, create, or achieve something

It is necessary to spend some time planning pleasurable, engaging, and meaningful activities to become “happier.” Spending more time doing what you enjoy and participating in activities that are in line with your values and interests can help you feel better about yourself and your life. If you feel as though you have lost sight of what those activities might be, consider what captivates you and schedule time to engage in them.

Finally, it is essential to learn to appreciate and benefit from living in the present moment in order to improve your overall well-being. Deciding to live in pursuit of your passions has the potential to transform your life into one that is full of happiness and purpose. In our next blog, will focus on some additional strategies for finding happiness.