Top 5 Ways To Be Happy In Life!

Healthy and Happy LifeSome of us spend years, if not decades, mulling over our lives, trying to realize what it is that makes up happy and feel fulfilled.

Many never find the answer, while others seem to know from the day they were able to talk.

Whatever the case, and after careful consideration, coupled with plenty of trial and error, here, now, is my list of the top five things to do, or not do, in order to be happy.

1)Choose a career you will love:

While this seems like a no-brainer, you would be surprised at how many people go into a line of work, business or profession for all of the wrong reasons.

Amount of money to be made, because a family member or friend is successful at it, or simply due to the glamour one feels is attached to a particular job are just a few.

However, what it really comes down to, as far as insuring one’s happiness over the long haul is concerned, is doing something you will enjoy waking up every day for and will not even consider work.

2)Surround yourself with good, positive people:

Again, this seems like common sense, and it should.

However, I am sure all of us know people – if not ourselves – who gravitate to those who are rude, inconsiderate, or even abusive, which is obviously no way to live a happy, healthy life.

3)Eat right, exercise, and take care of your body:

Yes, I know that you see a pattern here, but, again, how many people follow this simple advice?

As the world, and society in general, becomes more and more complex, there seems to be less and less “me” time available for exercise or other stress relieving activities.

4)Smile and laugh as much as possible:

No, I don’t mean to fake it for no good reason.

What I do mean is to allow yourself to enjoy the small things in life, such as a warm, sunny day, the sound of birds chirping, the taste of good food, and/or watching children playing outside.

Simply put, smile, laugh, and don’t take yourself and life too seriously.

We weren’t put on this planet to be miserable, so live and let live.

Studies show that those who smile and laugh a lot lead happier, healthier lives.

And, finally, my fifth way to be happy in life…

5)Do some volunteer work and give to charity if you can:

We can all find some time out of our busy days to give back, and there is no better feeling than seeing another person smile in appreciation of something you did for them out of the goodness of your own heart.

What we do for others comes back to us tenfold, not to mention the good Karma that results as well.

So give it a try.

I am sure you will like how it makes you feel inside, and be proud of how you were able to brighten up another person’s day with little effort involved, in this win-win situation.

There you have it.

My top five ways to be happy in life.

If you haven’t read my book, “Jew in Jail” yet, I hope you do.

It is chock full of insightful information on how I was able to recover from my past addictions to alcohol, drugs and gambling while incarcerated, and go on to lead a happy and healthful life myself.

Until next time, everyone, have a great day, and week ahead!

About gman18

I came into the world on October 18, 1961. John F. Kennedy was President of the United States. The film West Side Story was released, and would go on to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Major League Baseball was celebrating Roger Maris of the New York Yankees, who hit a then-record 61 home runs that season. I was an excellent student, although a bit of a class clown too. I spent a majority of my time playing sports, but fell in love with newspapers, which was how I was initially introduced into writing and storytelling. While attending Kingsborough Community College from 1979-1981, I served as editor-in-chief of the school's paper, and then joined the staff at Long Island University's Seawanhaka for my junior and senior years. At L.I.U. where I earned my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism in 1983, I was also a selected member of Sigma Delta Chi, as well as Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges. My last year in college included an unpaid internship at WCBS-TV, Channel 2 in New York City, where I learned so much about the television business. Upon graduation, I landed a job at the network, starting as a news clerk for The CBS Morning News with Diane Sawyer, and also weekend shifts for The NFL Today with Brent Musburger. After quickly rising in the ranks to producer, my life suddenly went on a downward spiral due to addictions to alcohol, drugs and gambling, which ultimately led to nearly six years behind bars for robbery. My time incarcerated gave birth to my first published book, Jew in Jail, which tells my true story of how I finally decided to deal with my addictions and turn my life around, all the while under the toughest conditions imaginable of being a minority in the prison system, forced to fend for myself. Writing Jew in Jail - as I was doing my time - allowed me to become very introspective, and realize that I could help others in similar situations of being an addict and/or living with low self-esteem. Today, I still reside in my hometown of Brooklyn, New York, where I am working on my next book project, continuing to promote Jew in Jail, and always helping other addicts through my motivational and inspirational speeches, and one-on-one consultations.
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2 Responses to Top 5 Ways To Be Happy In Life!

  1. Gary, this has been my first visit to your blog. I very much liked what I saw, so I’ll be back on a regular basis!

    • gman18 says:

      Marta, thank you so much for those encouraging comments. I really appreciate hearing back from inspirational people, such as yourself!

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