A recent article I read spoke about children becoming unhappy when they see someone get something that they want too but don't have. This applies to adults too. We see what can be had, if he had enough money, fame, good looks etc.
For a short time we are happy with new homes, furniture, TV's, holidays etc, but then worry almost to death with the debt we find ourselves in. Working long hours, missing good sleep and not maintaining our health, also leads us to a state of unhappiness.
So you now know that you need balance in your life. Perhaps lower your expectations a little and look after yourself a lot.
Enhancing Happiness -
- Hugs make people happier.
- Count your blessings.
- Cultivate optimism.
- Avoid over-thinking and social comparison.
- Practice acts of kindness.
- Nurture relationships.
- Do more activities that truly engage you.
- Replay and savour life's joys.
- Commit to your goals.
- Develp strategies for coping.
- Learn to forgive.
- Practice religion and spirituality.
- Take care of your mind and body.
- Find ways to laugh every day.
Here is my favourite joke, up to now. Feel free to share your joke in the comments section below.
There was a blonde who found herself sitting next to a Lawyer on an airplane. The lawyer just kept bugging the blonde wanting her to play a game of intelligence. Finally, the lawyer offered her 10 to 1 odds, and said every time the blonde could not answer one of his questions, she owed him $5, but every time he could not answer hers, he'd give her $50.00. The lawyer figured he could not lose, and the blonde reluctantly accepted.
The lawyer first asked, "What is the distance between the Earth and the nearest star?"
Without saying a word the blonde handed him $5. then the blonde asked, "What goes up a hill with 3 legs and comes back down the hill with 4 legs?"
Well, the lawyer looked puzzled. He took several hours, looking up everything he could on his laptop and even placing numerous air-to-ground phone calls trying to find the answer. Finally, angry and frustrated, he gave up and paid the blonde $50.00
The blonde put the $50 into her purse without comment, but the lawyer insisted, "What is the answer to your question?"
Without saying a word, the blonde handed him $5.