Everybody searches for happiness in life.
In fact, the pursuit of happiness is at the top of the ‘human-desires list’ and has been around since the beginning of time. Our founding fathers even had happiness in mind when they created the Declaration of Independence…”Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Most people seek happiness in life. But the question is, how do we find it?
Is happiness something you have to sit around and wait for, or can you create it in your life?
We have so many unanswered questions about finding happiness, but science and research have given us some clues. Here are a few things we know about happiness and how to achieve it…
Happiness Looks Different For Everyone
To start, it’s important to know that happiness looks different for everyone. Since people have different visions of happiness, we know that there’s not a universal path to achieving it. Happiness is a feeling. When someone feels happy that feeling can take them back to a specific experience that makes them feel that way again. Memories, sights, and certain smells can lead someone down a path of personal joy. In other words, what triggers happiness for one person might mean absolutely nothing to another person. Happiness is complicated!
Meaningful Relationships Add To Happiness
Healthy relationships play a BIG role in sparking happiness in your life. Whether it’s through a close friend or spouse, you can find happiness in strong relationships. In order for this to work, the relationship has to be mutually valued and supported. Meaningful relationships can spark happiness by sharing all of life’s genuine highs and lows together.
Kindness Cultivates Joy
For many people, giving brings fulfillment. Showing kindness and compassion to others, even when you don’t know them, can add to your happiness. Think about how great you feel watching your child open a present or giving to a charity that makes a difference! Science tells us that giving freely creates happiness, peace, and personal fulfillment. Even though it seems a little counter-intuitive, giving (instead of getting) can help you find happiness in life.
There are so many opportunities to experience happiness each day but sometimes they are hard to see. Depression, anxiety, and other common mental health disorders can make happiness seem unachievable. If you or someone you love is struggling to find happiness, reach out to our compassionate team for support!