So many of us are in search for happiness, and there is a variety of complex information available about what it takes to be happy and fulfilled, but I think all you really need is 4 simple steps:
How To Be Happy:
1) Find out what makes you happy*.
2) Minimise doing things that make those around you unhappy.
3) Find a way to earn a living doing what you love.
4) Encourage and support others to explore what makes them happy.
*Finding out what makes you happy is a lifelong project, what makes you happy will change and grow as you change and grow as a human being.
This is probably the shortest blog post I've ever written, because I want to keep things simple. Simple does not necessarily mean easy, and I could and will write much more on each step.
These steps are the essence of what I've learned in the last twenty years, since aged 21 I reached a point in my life where I was so unhappy I decided to review everything I'd ever done in my
life. I've read many self help books, psychological studies, reports, research, followed different styles of counselling, been in self help groups, done many courses.
Everything I did helped me gain clarity on what made me happy, and I learned that making a positive impact on others also made me happy.
I love helping others be happy, it's what brings me joy, it's what I'd do even if I wasn't paid to do it. I love that I can share my experience and tools that have worked for me, so that others can find ways to improve their own quality of life.
I love that I strive daily to be the best version of me possible, I fall short of perfection many times, but I #celebrateALLsuccesses along the way, and continue to work towards being happy and being a positive influence on those in my life.
I love business, I love marketing, I love writing, I love having interesting conversations with friends, and I love learning. I love having people in my life whom I admire, respect, and who bring me joy, just by being who they are.
I have these things in my life because I applied these 5 steps regularly, they helped bring me greater awareness as to what made me happy, and what things were healthy challenges, and which
things I'd be better off if I simply let go of, and no longer had them in my life.
Use them as a daily inventory tool, at the end of the day sit quietly and ask yourself how have you applied each step in your life today. Celebrate your progress, and be gentle with yourself regarding your imperfections and shortcomings. Encourage yourself to take tiny steps forward towards being a happier, healthier and wealthier person.
And actually, if you want to keep it really simple, then just doing the first step will get you there.
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You can work with Claire on how to improve your marketing (even on a shoe string budget). Claire specialises as a business coach working with employees who want to transition from employee to entrepreneur, helping them creating business & marketing strategies so that they earn a living doing what they love.