Happiness is a choice. Despite the fact that many things influence how we feel, at the end of the day, it is still up to us how we respond to our circumstances. In your current state of life, however, have you taken the time to ask whether you are truly happy or not? How would you answer if someone on the street or someone at work asked if you were happy? It might surprise you, but you may be happier than you realize. All you need to do is find the opportunity to sit down and reflect on your experiences, as well as things you are going through right now. Here are five questions to help you start.
Do I Actually Feel Happy Right Now?
This question may sound obvious, but have you really taken the time recently to sit down and evaluate your happiness level? Have you asked yourself lately if you actually feel happy or not? Many people think they are relatively happy, and yet they are actually stressed out and constantly have feelings of discontentment. On the other hand, there are people who don’t realize they are actually happy until they take the time to reflect on their jobs, their relationships, and their personal fulfillment. Take time to ask yourself this question. You may be surprised with what you think and feel about it.
Am I Doing What I Love to Do?
Survey says that 70% of Americans hate their jobs; I wouldn’t be surprised if the percentage is the same in other countries as well. Ask yourself this question: “Is my current job the one I dreamed of as a youth?” Now, our likes and dislikes change as we grow, but if what you are doing with life right now is not in line with what you dreamed you would do, there’s a huge chance you’re not happy. Our passion is what fuels us to do things. It drives us to work hard, come out of our comfort zones, and do things we have never imagined. Despite our work being difficult, as long as it is in line with our passion, it will satisfy us and make us feel happy and fulfilled no matter what. On the contrary, if you consider your job a piece of cake, but if it has nothing to do with what your heart loves, it’s going to bore you, burn you out, and rob you of your happiness.
Is There Something I Hate About My Life?
Are there things in your life right now that are robbing you of happiness? Is it a bad habit? Is it an unfulfilling career? There is no such thing as a perfect life and there is no way you can get everything you want in this lifetime, but if there is an area in your life that you don’t like because it’s robbing you of joy and happiness, it only makes sense to get rid of it. For instance, if you think you are in an unhealthy relationship, don’t continue being a martyr and start working towards getting out of that relationship and find one that will build you up instead of bring you down.
Am I Meeting Goals I Have Set for Myself?
One crucial key to happiness it to have goals in your life. Unfortunately, a lot of people go on with their lives without having any sense of direction or purpose. What goals have you set for yourself? Are you meeting those goals or not? You’ll know if you are happy if you are slowly moving towards achieving your goals. If you haven’t set any goals for your life yet, you better start doing so right now if you are to live a happy and fulfilling life.
Are There Things That I Would Regret Should I Die Tomorrow?
The final question to ask yourself to find out if you are happy is whether you would have regrets should something happen to you and you die tomorrow. There is no for you to turn back time, of course, but that’s the exact reason you should take the time to sit down and analyze your life. You will probably have a lot of regrets like most people do, but now, the main difference is that you will know what to do, and that is to make the most out of the time you have left in this lifetime.
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