The Steps I Took To Find Happiness

If you equated happiness to success, than you’re in the right place. I remember growing up thinking that I had to have money, power, and success then I’d be happy. Over the years, I’ve found the map to happiness and it involves none of the three I mentioned.

Finding Happiness

For most people, going to work is not a choice they make because it makes them happy. Sure, some people have found their calling which gives them passion for their job. If you are someone who has, congrats! If you haven’t found it yet, don’t stop looking.

When I finally realized that the person in charge of my happiness was me and me alone, I was able to take charge of my own happiness. This was an important step in realizing that my happiness cannot come from anyone or anything else. Think about those people who wouldn’t be happy if you gave them $1 million because it wasn’t $2 million. They’re not happy internally, nothing that happens to them will make them happy.

Why You Should Be Happy

I wrote about the reasons you should smile before. For many of the same reasons, you should be happy. It does have benefits.
Happiness:
  • helps your health
  • draws others to you
  • keeps you focused
  • makes you more content
  • helps stressful situations
  • gives you a servant’s mindset
  • is contagious
A true smile is driven by a happy heart. In the Bible, Proverbs 15:13 says A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.

Steps I Took To Happiness

When I started looking for happiness, it found me. I had to look in the right places. Happiness wasn’t in money or job status, it wasn’t in alcohol or fitness, and it wasn’t in titles or praise. Happiness was inside, it was what I was passionate about. Happiness for me is family, friends, and helping others.
Along the way I chose a career that I thought was the perfect fit. I love helping others, so I chose firefighting and emergency services. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy what I do, but talk about a career with some bad days. In the long run I realized that helping others comes in many forms. Being a mentor, coach, advisor, and friend to others brings me happiness and the ability to help others.
  • Reflected on what brought me joy (think, if I had to do something everyday for the rest of my life)
  • Wrote down the list of things that I should be thankful for
  • Reminded myself everyday of the reasons I should be happy
  • Made happiness a habit. (Remember Happiness is as much a decision as a feeling).

Question: Now it’s your turn. What are you going to do to find happiness? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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