Happiness Happens Month

group of three older adult women laughing together on couch

Every person deserves to be happy. Did you know happiness can be contagious? The happier people are, the more likely they are to inspire others to find happiness. We owe it to ourselves and society to work on our personal happiness!

Try these four simple steps:

  1. Ready Yourself For Happiness. Part of being happy is wanting to be happy. Once you have committed yourself to the course of finding happiness, remember that happiness is not based on luck, possessions, or lifestyle. No person or material thing can make you 100% happy…happiness comes from within.
  2. Envision Yourself As Happy. Every day when you first wake up, and then at various points throughout the day, spend some time envisioning yourself as a happy person. Imagine yourself laughing, smiling, and relaxing. The more your mind believes you’re happy, positive, and optimistic, the easier it will be for you to become truly happy.
  3. Assume You Will Be Happy. We have all seen people who seem to be genuinely happy with their lives. They smile frequently, laugh often, and seem to be in good humor most of the time. This is not because they are richer or more successful, but often they have recognized that there is something about their lives that makes them happy.
  4. Pursue Your Happiness. What currently makes you happy? Maybe a childhood or lifelong hobby or activity? If so, make time to rekindle that hobby. Or perhaps certain family and friends really make you happier? If they live far away, call, video chat, or write an email or letter to let them know how much joy they bring to you. If they live close by, schedule a regular visit or invite them to attend an upcoming event with you. The more time you spend actively living your life, the more likely you’ll experience genuine happiness.