While 77% of people living in developed countries claim to be “very satisfied” with their personal lives, one glance around a busy street, subway or eatery will tell you that things may not be as they seem.
Satisfaction might exist, but how much better is it to be happy instead of just satisfied, right? One of the keys: giving up things that bring you down. Instead of feeding horrible habits, why not try giving them up. Here are 10 things you should immediately stop doing in order to be happier.
Here’s a list of 10 things to give up. Try just one, it makes a difference.
Give up on casting blame
What happens has happened and there is nothing you can do about it. The only way to heal is learn from the situation, forgive, and move forward with your life.
Give up your need for control
My Dad always says, “go with the flow.” The phrase used to drive me crazy, but the older I get the more his wisdom makes sense. Relax and enjoy the unpredictable ride.
Give up on hurtful self-talk
Self-defeating talk is one of your worst enemies. Be confident in your gifts and ability to influence others. Everyone has the chance to make a difference in the lives of others.
Give up on putting your life in a box
Don’t quench your talents and dreams. Often people give up on dreams for silly reasons. So give up on giving up on your dreams. Pursue your passions intensely so that you can live how you are supposed to!
Give up complaining
You can’t always get what you want. The happiest people in the world take what life gives them and rejoice for the chance to grow. Everyone needs to vent but a positive attitude will make all the difference.
Give up your right to criticism
Criticism can be a great way to improve yourself and teach others, but your right to correct doesn’t have to be acted on every time. Opinions are great, but give others the chance to shine too!
Give up striving to impress others
Trying to impress everyone is like running on a never-ending hamster wheel: it’s exhausting and pointless. Be proud of your unique you regardless of other people’s opinions. Everyone on this earth has a different personality and unique gifts that no one else can replicate.
Give up on your fear
“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.”-Jack Canfield
Fear of change is fear of the unknown. The only way to make this life worth living is to pursue your life and the things you love in spite of fear.
Give up every excuse to change
There will always be a reason to refrain from making a change. Do whatever it takes to focus your attention on the people you love and be a blessing to others, change will find you before you see it coming.
Give up on comparison
“Comparison is the thief of Joy.” -Theodore Roosevelt
Instead of focusing on how you compare to others, focus on living life! Life can be wasted quickly if your energy is consumed with your comparative status. Go live, enjoy who you are and take advantage of the present.