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!