Living a happy life is one of the most important things. Are you ready to transform your life?
If you are like the vast majority of people out there, you often find yourself caught up in the minor details of your life — working on this report, preparing for that presentation, worrying over what to have for dinner. Overwhelmed by all the small things we have to keep track of, it can be easy to become so fixated on the less important details in our lives that we find ourselves losing track of the big picture.
Your life, regardless of the people you have in it, the career (or lack thereof!) that you have, your income, and other details like this, has something in common with the lives of everyone else — you only live once. It is of the utmost importance, therefore, to make sure that the life you live is one that you are happy and comfortable with. Is this the case for you? If not, maybe it’s time to transform your life.
Do you practice an attitude of gratitude?
Far too often, we can take all the things we have in our life for granted. We often start to appreciate what we have only when we are in danger of losing it — for example, most of us take our good health for granted, until we get a cold, and realize how much we truly appreciate having a healthy body.
It will take deliberate effort on your part, but it is possible to increase your tendency to be grateful for the things you have in your life. If you’re planning to transform your life, consider starting to keep a “gratitude journal,’ a notebook where you jot down some of the things you are grateful for every day. Some people make it a habit to write down five or so things that they are grateful for on a daily basis; over time, such a practice will likely spill over into the rest of your life, and you will find yourself feeling more grateful for your life almost automatically.
If you struggle with getting bogged down with minor annoyances — someone cuts you off in traffic, for example, or a coworker says something to deliberately push your buttons — you will likely find yourself worked up on a regular basis.
Make no mistake, there are certainly some things in life that are worth getting upset over. But far too often, we give up our serenity because of petty annoyances that really, in the grand scheme of things, are not worth the energy or time that we give them.
Is this a trap you find yourself falling into on a regular basis? Transform your life!
If so, coach yourself to ask the question “how important is this, really?” when you find yourself getting upset. If you are unlikely to even remember the event a week or month from now, let it go.
We only have one life to live on this planet, and each and every day we have a choice. Are we going to make the sorts of decisions that maximize our likelihood of feeling a sense of happiness and contentment?