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Since starting this 30 Day Happiness Challenge here in my emails, I’ve been a lot more aware of the happiness of the people around me.
I’m sure you’ve experienced the same thing.
It is causing me to look at people more closely and pay attention to their actions, their feelings, and how they seems to linked. It’s been interesting and has given me some fresh perspectives on this whole happiness thing.
Something that’s stood out in the past few weeks is that the people that seem the most dissatisfied with their life and the least happy are the ones that spend a lot of their time and energy complaining.
I’m sure you have a few of those people in your life as well.
They are so busy talking about how horrible their life is that they don’t have any time left to do anything about it.
Or maybe they’d rather complain than change things.
If you don’t identify with those people, there’s a simple fix.
Stop complaining and start taking action.
We all have times when we complain about one thing or another. Sometimes we do it silently in our heads, sometimes we vent with a close friend or family member.
We grumble, get it off our chest, and that usually makes us feel better.
That’s fine, providing complaining isn’t all we do.
Some irritations in life resolved themselves with time, but there are other times when things won’t get better and we won’t feel happy unless we do something.
You have to act, or you are choosing to be unhappy.
If you’re not happy in your job, start looking for a different position or even change companies.
If you’re not happy with your salary and it doesn’t give you the funds to do what you want in life, work towards a promotion, take some classes, and do whatever it takes to start earning more.
If you are stuck in a relationship that makes you unhappy, work on it. And if you can’t work on it anymore, if things can’t get fixed, take action and move on.
If you’re not happy with how your kids are living their lives away from you, work creating a life apart from them and accept them for who they are right now. Learn to be a person that makes you happy and your children will come to respect who you have become.
If you’re not happy with the way you look and feel, start eating healthier and get outside for some fresh air and exercise.
It’s truly amazing how much you can shape your life for the better once you stop complaining and start taking action.
What will you do today to make your life better and increase your long-term happiness?