Do your actions contribute to your happiness?
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Do your actions contribute to your happiness?

Do your actions contribute to your happiness? Shouldn’t everything you do be a building block to your overall happiness?

Everyone has the capacity to be happy. It’s not an inherited trait. Choices throughout our lives determine our level of happiness. Be careful of your choices, as well as the actions you take and not take. Highly sensitive people have the unique capacity to intuitively analyze the consequences, good and bad, of their choices. Do you tap into the power of your intuition?

Here are some of my thoughts for contributing to happiness:

  • Mindset: Get into the habit of having a positive outlook on life. I know this is difficult when there are many negative influences, which can make you cynical of people and life in general. It’s impossible to not be affected by daily news or people you don’t feel good about. While it’s important to know what’s going on in the world, don’t let it cloud your view of life. Keep things in perspective. I choose to look for and focus more on the positive. I find it’s much easier to get up in the morning and have a good day when I at least start out with a positive mindset.
  • Good selfishness: We’ve been taught that putting our interests before others is wrong. This is particularly true for women, who sometimes sacrifice their dreams and ambitions to help others achieve theirs. It’s good to help others, but as HSPs, we need to set boundaries and make sure to assert our own needs as well. If you don’t look after yourself, physically and emotionally, you won’t have a balanced life that contributes to your happiness, as well as the happiness you can facilitate in others.
  • Self time: As highly sensitive people, we need our space! It’s crucial to our well-being to schedule alone time to re-charge our batteries and to think about what we want and need. I mention the word “schedule” because it’s too easy to go through our lives and burn ourselves out because we think we’re too busy to take a time-out.
  • Listen to yourself: All feelings are helpful. Every feeling you have gives you guidance. As HSPs, we may have a tendency to distract ourselves from unpleasant feelings, but bad feelings provide important insight. By tapping into your gut feelings, you can better steer away from negative influences and behavior that enables poor choices. As I said previously, your choices will determine the happiness you have.

Do your actions contribute to your happiness? Do you have any of your own tips for increasing happiness? I’m interested in any thoughts or comments that you have.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Kristie

    Thanks as always Cliff for the great advice. I chose to be happy today in all that I do.

    1. Cliff

      Thank you Kristie! Choose to be happy EVERYDAY!!

  2. Valentina

    I like your advice, but right now I feel so powerless over my life that it’s hard to think about choosing to be happy. But I still have the hope to be happy some day!

    1. Cliff Harwin

      Hi Valentina,

      I understand how you feel. We all have difficult times in our lives, but we can’t lose hope. Look for little things to be happy about. There’s no reason to put off your happiness until the future. Make sense? I hope his helps you.

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