How to Be Happy: 5 Steps to Living a Life You Love

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how to be happy - you deserve it - make you happy - feel good - respect yourselfSo you want to learn how to be happy, but have no idea where to start. The good thing is, you can learn how to be happy and be more fulfilled in everything you do. You must first keep in mind that happiness in life is like a smorgasbord. If 100 people went to a smorgasbord and each put food on their plate in the quantity and mix that each felt would be most pleasing to him, every plate would be different. Even a husband and wife would go up to the smorgasbord and come back with plates that looked completely different.

Happiness is the same way. Each person requires a particular combination of those ingredients to feel the very best about himself or herself. Here are five ways to achieve your own happiness because you deserve it!

Listen to Your Heart

The ingredients in your happiness plate are changing continually. If you went to the same smorgasbord every day for a year, you probably would come back with a different plateful of food each time. Each day-sometimes each hour-only you can tell what it takes to make you happy. But to condition yourself to learn how to be happy, you must get in touch with your feelings and listen to your heart. This is the only way to judge whether a job, a relationship, an investment, or any decision, is right for you.

Be True to Yourself

You’re true to yourself only when you follow your inner light, when you listen to what Ralph Waldo Emerson called the “still, small voice within.” You’re being the very best person you can be only when you have the courage and the fortitude to allow your definition of happiness, whatever it may be, to be the guiding light of every part of your life.

You Deserve It

A very important point on the subject of happiness is whether or not you feel that you “deserve” to be happy. If you don’t feel like you deserve it, you must learn how to be happy by accepting the notion that you deserve it all.

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You deserve all the happiness you can honestly attain through the application of your talents and abilities. The more you like and respect yourself, the more deserving you will feel of the good things in life. And the more deserving you feel, the more likely you will attain and hold on to the happiness you are working toward.

Do Things That Make You Happy

It sounds simple, but not everyone takes the time to evaluate what makes them happy. You should do things that make you happy and consider happiness the organizing principle of your life. Compare every possible action and decision you make against your standard of happiness to see whether that action would make you happier or unhappier. Soon, you will discover that almost all of the problems in your life come from choices that you have made – or are currently making – that do not contribute to your happiness.

Pay the Price

Of course, there are countless times when you will have to do little things that don’t make you happy along the way toward those larger things that make you very happy indeed. We call this paying the price of success in advance. You must pay your dues. Sometimes these interim steps don’t make you happy directly, but the happiness you achieve from attaining your goal will be so great that it totally overwhelms the temporary inconveniences and dissatisfactions you have to endure in order to get there.

Remember, achieving your own happiness is the best measure of how well you are living your life and enjoying your relationships. So in order to learn how to be happy, be willing to work hard and pay the price for the satisfaction and rewards you desire.

Always go the extra mile and your success will be assured. When you decide to make your own happiness the chief organizing principle of your life and judge everything against that standard, you will be living the life of joy and happiness that you achieved through your own efforts.

I hope you enjoyed this post on how to be happy and live a joyful life because you deserve it! Please share this with your friends and family!

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About Brian Tracy — Brian is recognized as the top sales training and personal success authority in the world today. He has authored more than 60 books and has produced more than 500 audio and video learning programs on sales, management, business success and personal development, including worldwide bestseller The Psychology of Achievement. Brian's goal is to help you achieve your personal and business goals faster and easier than you ever imagined. You can follow him on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Linkedin and Youtube.

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