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How You Can Create Happiness In Your Life

Is being happy a choice we make or does it just happen? Can we really change our level of “happiness”? Is happiness something you can measure, chart and increase?

Is being happy a choice we make or does it just happen? Can we really change our level of “happiness”? Instead of looking for happiness to exist in our lives, it's up to us to create it. Click through to download 25 quotes to inspire happiness. Ad. #selfcare #selflove #believe #bestlife #mindfulness #joy

From the Declaration of Independence, where happiness is promised as a cherished right to the rows and rows of the psychology of happiness, self help and personal development books in bookstores and the millions of copies of these books that are sold- the U.S. is obsessed with how to be happy. Many social contexts have the production of happiness and positive feelings as a primary purpose in life.

What is happiness?

According to Webster happiness is:

A state of wellbeing and contentment; a pleasurable or satisfying experience.

Aristotle defines happiness as:

Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence. Happiness is a state of activity.

Ancient Greeks define happiness as:

The joy that we feel when we’re striving after our potential.

Gabrielle Bernstein, author, defines happiness as:

Happiness is the path of least resistance.

Dalai Llama refers to happiness as:

The very purpose of life is to seek happiness.

Researchers at Berkley define happiness as:

Having meaning and satisfaction in your life. It’s the propensity to feel positive emotions, the capacity to recover from negative emotions quickly and holding a sense of purpose.

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How much of our happiness is within your control?

More than you might think.

Research by Sonia Lyubomirsky, PhD, at UC Riverside suggests life circumstances—how privileged you are, whether you’re married, whether you have kids—accounts for about 10 percent of the variance in happiness. She attributes 40 percent—nearly half the variance—to our daily life experiences. The people you see, the activities you do, how you see your world each day.

Think about this, 50% of our happiness is within our genes. Some of us routinely see the glass as ‘half full’ and are genetically predisposed to being more cheery than others. Then, 10% of our happiness is made up of the things that happen that can make us happy. You hear a song that reminds you of a great time in your life or you scratch a ticket and win fifty dollars- you become happy. The other 40% of our happiness we get to create.

Instead of looking for happiness to exist in our lives, it’s up to us to create it.

How You Can Create Happiness In Your Life

STOP THE COMPARISON || Acknowledge your strengths and accomplishments. The more you judge and compare yourself to others and your fantasies of how you should be, could be, or would be the more likely your expectations will become unrealistic and unattainable.

THE PAST IS THE PAST || Live in the present. You can’t be happy if you’re carrying the burden of the yesterday on your shoulders.  Did you make a mistake?  Did you have a terrible experience?  Whatever it may be, the past is history and there’s nothing you can do to change it.

COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS || Sometimes we get so caught up in seeing what we don’t have, that we miss out on what is right in front of us. To be happy doesn’t mean you don’t desire more, it means you’re thankful for what you have and patient for what’s yet to come.

INSPIRE OTHERS TO FIND HAPPINESS || Happiness doesn’t come through selfishness, but through selflessness. The more happiness you help others find, the more happiness you will find.

THINK ABOUT HOW FAR YOU’VE COME || Focus on your accomplishments rather than on what you didn’t do. In the heat of the moment when you feel like quitting, think about how far you have come and why you started in the first place.

INVEST YOUR TIME IN THE THINGS YOU LOVE || The most important decision you will ever make is what you do with the time that is given to you. Make the most of it.

EXERCISE EMPATHY || Research shows that empathy in the form of love and compassion toward others makes us happy. “While giving to charity brings more happiness than spending money on yourself, our research finds that doing things for people you know makes you happiest,” says Michael Norton, professor at the Harvard Business School and co-author of Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending.

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Quotes To Inspire Happiness In Your Life

Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions. -Dalai Lama

When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us. -Helen Keller

Happiness depends upon ourselves. -Aristotle

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. -Confucius

Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking. -Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

Learn to let go. That is the key to happiness. -Buddha

Enjoy your own life without comparing it with that of another. -Marquis de Condorcet

I believe compassion to be one of the few things we can practice that will bring immediate and long-term happiness to our lives. -Dalai Lama

Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. -Abraham Lincoln

The key to being happy is knowing you have the power to choose what to accept and what to let go. -Dodinsky

We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have. -Frederick Keonig

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. -Herman Cain

Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling. -Margaret Lee Runbeck

For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely. -Roy T. Bennett

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts. -Marcus Aurelius

Happiness does not depend on what you have or who you are. It solely relies on what you think. -Buddha

Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day. -Henri J.M. Nouwen

Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it. -Andy Rooney

Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action. -Benjamin Disraeli

Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. -Dalai Lama

I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness–it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude. -Brene Brown

There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way. -Thich Nhat Hanh

It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and to make your happiness a priority. It’s necessary. -Mandy Hale

I have chosen to be happy because it is good for my health. -Voltaire

If you want to be happy, you have to be happy on purpose. When you wake up, you can’t just wait to see what kind of day you’ll have. You have to decide what kind of day you’ll have. -Joel Osteen

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35 Comments

  1. Love this post, this is so important to make certain you are happy in your life!!

  2. You and your daughter just melt my heart, these photos are so adorable. And this post…<3 I love it! I truly believe that happiness is in your control….thanks for all of these wonderful words of wisdom.

  3. This is amazing! I love that you CAN create happiness in your life! YES, go after happiness!

  4. Nicci Randall says:

    I can’t say YES to this post enough! Thank you for your positivity and filling me up with all the wonderful quotes! I will definitely be holding onto a handful of these.

    And your prAna outfit is so classic and cute!

  5. Such a delightful post to read! Very inspiring and something I need to work on myself.

  6. This is such a great tips. You are absolutely right about leaving bad things in the past in the past so that you won’t torture yourself.

  7. My absolute favorite quote from Walt Disney is about happiness! He says “Happiness is a state of mind. It’s just according to the way you look at things.”

  8. I love all these tips! I’m not surprised at all that so much of being happy is up to the person. I’ve always believed that mindset is such a big part of it.

  9. Jessica Bradshaw says:

    Love this! So many great ideas on creating happiness and why it’s important. I love all the quotes. Especially the one about happiness is inside of us.

  10. Angela @marathonsandmotivation.com says:

    This is such a great post with lots of wonderful tips! I love what the Dalai Lama says best about happiness!!

  11. YES!!! Loving this post. Happiness is a choice.. a conscious choice. It’s one of a few things in this life we are in control of. Love the idea of the printable quotes too!

  12. What a wonderful reminder that we are in control of our own happiness. I love the tips and quotes. Thanks!!

  13. I agree that happiness is a choice. Nice tips. I’ll apply them to my real life. Thank you

  14. Happiness is definitely a choice! Hanging on to anger, sadness, or any type of negativity is most detrimental to yourself. Choose to let things go and be happy despite the struggles — they make you stronger.

  15. I strongly believe in that we have the power to be happy and to change our thoughts to something better and more constructive than negative vibes.

  16. I’ve always believed that happiness is within our control, well at least a BIG percentage of it! It does come from within us and our contentment in life (focusing on the good!) Love your list and the inspirational quotes ; )

  17. This is such a timely post! I love your perspective on happiness creation and I completely agree that it is up to us to see the happiness around us. Love the tips!

  18. I truly believe that we are in control of our own happiness. I have been working on spending less time comparing myself to others and wishing for more things but instead focusing on ehst a great job I am doing, and how much I have to be grateful for.

  19. Getting out of the comparison trap and finding time to write down what you’re grateful for is SO huge!

  20. I love this, such great tips for a happier life! I never knew that so much of it was in our genes but I guess makes sense. I’m not sure I can pick a favorite but I have a couple I’m going to focus more on.

  21. I love this post, I think it’s something we should keepnas reminder. Comparison is one thing which initially creates envy then jealousy and then stress unnecessary. For me social media also helps increase comparisons so I distance myself from that as well to try to be happy with whatever I have and thank God for his blessings!!

  22. Love all of the quotes you used and really great tips to remind us the importance of happiness in our life and how to reach it!

  23. These are such great ideas! Intentionally seeking happiness is so important and so often forgotten in our society.

  24. These are all great reminders! I especially love Stop the Comparison and Think About How Far You’ve Come!

  25. I totally believe that happiness is a choice. You can choose how you react to your circumstances. That said I live a pretty privileged life and have want for nothing so it’s easy for me to say. For me the comparison game is the hardest, but it’s a work in progress.

  26. Thank you for this post. I recently experienced a bad breakup and happiness seemed far away. But knowing how much is in my control, really does help me see the light at the end of the tunnel.

  27. You made some really good points about things I don’t currently do that I’ll have to start doing! And those quotes are so inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

  28. I found out the hard way that happiness is in my control (for the most part). I used to be a very negative person. I was a glass half empty kind of girl. And then one day I realized I needed to make a choice to be happy. Ever since then I’ve been a much happier person overall. It still takes work as my natural tendency is to see the negative in everything, but I can feel the difference when I let my positive thoughts take over!

  29. These are all such great tips! <3 I love the quotes by Andy Rooney and Brene Brown–so true!

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