Life often gives us pleasant and unpleasant surprises. Along with this come the nerves, the worries, and an uncomfortable sensation making us unhappy. How do you deal with these waves of unhappiness? See our tips on how to be happy in every situation.
The ancient Greek philosopher Epictetus had once said that man’s happiness begins and ends with his mind. Everything is in our heads. We decide how to accept specific news about our behavior in a given situation. We choose to bow our heads and to pity ourselves or to stand up and meet what life has prepared for us.
How one responds to a situation depends more on one’s personality rather than on the case. Here are some simple rules that may help you deal with unpleasant situations, if not with a smile, at least with a little more courage.
Live in the present
Whatever life has prepared for you, accept it. Live in the present. Do not think how happy you were yesterday or how much better you could be tomorrow. Do not focus too much on the unpleasant situation. Try to look at things more broadly.
Accept that life has its good and bad sides. And more importantly, take a step forward here, today and now, to be happier to get out of the bad times and transition to the better ones.
Work for your happiness
Happiness will never come just like that. You have to pursue it, go to it, and be active. Look at your actions as small steps towards a better situation, a better future, and the present as well. Look at the problems as an opportunity for change, for personal growth; things that are essential for a person’s overall life.
When something unpleasant happens to you, take a step back. Be realistic about your situation. Everyone has trouble; there are no people out in the world without problems where only good things happen to them. Accept the bad as part of life, so that you will escape from a situation where you will pity yourself.
Seek small pieces of happiness every day
Dozens of good things happen around us on a daily basis. You just have to learn to capture, notice and to understand them. Explore the world around you as it is. And do not be afraid to smile even on the street, especially when you are alone. These small, stolen smiles will make your day more colorful and will help you face trouble more easily.