April 2, 2014

4 Things We Need to Give Up to be Happy.


“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”
~ Dalai Lama XIV

I chanced upon this quote when I was browsing the net and searching for inspiring quotes. I am the kind of a person who seeks answers now rather than dwelling on: why did this happen to me? There used to be a time when many a days I would sulk about the fact that I was not as happy as I deserved to be. It all changed when I started to seek happiness in small things.

A lot of times we hold on to so many things, moments and memories that cause us nothing but pain, grief and suffering. What we instead should learn is to let go of things that weigh us down.

1. Let go of the past.

No, I cannot rewrite history, nor do I have a time machine to go back and change the past. The best thing I can do is make peace with the past. No matter what I do and how much I think, the past has served its purpose and it will not change. Incidents and events changed my life in good and bad ways. But my past is what has gotten me to today.

I have learned from the mistakes, so all I need to do is move on. All I need to do is be grateful for the experiences and enjoy the moment now.

2. Doubt myself.

“Can I actually do this?”

“Will I be able to meet the expectations?”

“What will people say?”

These questions (and more) swarmed in my mind as I would prepare myself to take up new tasks. I had two options: either I could face the issues head on or just not move out of my comfort zone. Early this year, I set a word for myself that I started working on. My word was faith. I began to let go of the doubts and started believing myself and my abilities. The leap of faith allowed me to know what my true potential was.

3. Compare myself to others.

Each one of us has abilities to excel and succeed. I would think: why is my life not shaping like some one else’s? Weren’t we doing the same things? It was upsetting until I learned to let it go. I decided to follow my own path  which would allow me to learn from my own mistakes and experiences.

I read this really nice mantra on the internet and I have this printed out as a card on my desk:

Happiness formula = Do your best and feel good about it.

Unhappiness formula = Compare yourself to everyone else. 

Isn’t it so simple so follow?

4. Let go of the need to be right.

I’ve been through moments when I felt I have been wronged or misunderstood for my actions. I have been on the other side of the fence too, when people felt I had wronged or misunderstood them. Did I expect an apology from those who caused the misunderstanding? Until a few months ago, I thought yes! Now? No.

Let me explain this here in one simple sentence: Two people may not see the issue in the same perspective; while I could be right in my world, so could they.

Does this mean that I do not apologise? Of course yes, if I have hurt someone unknowingly, I do need to. Isn’t it better to let go and not allow feelings of negativity to take root inside of you? When I would enter a negative mind-set, it would spill into other areas of my life too. At the end I realised I wanted to be happy. With that, I moved ahead in life.

Start today. Let go of the negativity and things that affect you and weigh you down. Instead look for happiness within and your life will be beautiful. Tell me, what are you willing to change about yourself and accept happiness in your life? 

Relephant reads: 

10 Practical Tips to Keep Floating. ~ Carolyn Riker

How Do We Cultivate Joy? 

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Heidi Jul 22, 2014 4:47pm

A great inspiration to keep life simple and not worry about those things we can’t change anyway. What we can change about life is our perspective, as you mention. In response to your call to action- I try to savor the innocent moments of my young children’s youth, things I have long forgotten- like frustrations with not reaching the sink and feeling joy by simply noticing a bird flying overhead.

Arnie Apr 3, 2014 12:52pm

Very nice, bookmarked for my Sunday Early morning reading,,,thanks, Pathfinder 🙂

Sri Apr 3, 2014 12:19am

Beautiful post Prats <3 it . Just reminded me of wat i was doing till sometime back 😉 .. It's just that we all know that Being HAPPY is very important but everytime we indulge in unnecessary situations / actions where we hurt our ownself ..
I started following simple steps, which has changed me … I ask my self was it important for me to remember Yes or No.. then based the situation i either make it a memory which i luv to cherish it or just delete it completely as a Junk or ignore it as if i never knew it and send a message to my brain that this is not required for me 🙂 how simple it sounds but initially its lil tough to put in pratice as we need to have lot of faith and determination within ourselves 🙂

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Pratibha Pal

Pratibha is an eco & parenting blogger, who blogs at Pratsmusings, a blog that focuses on all natural and organic alternatives for everyday living and recommends eco-friendly brands available in India. She strongly advocates green living because she believes everyone must be more conscious about their surroundings and a healthy way of living. She is a mum to twin boys who have made her more aware of how beautiful green living is.

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