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Happiness is not getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you already have.
The key to happiness is being grateful for what you have. If you always focus on what you want and what you don’t have, you will never be satisfied.
Everyday I make sure to name at least 3 things I am grateful for. When you begin to focus on the things you do have and stop thinking about things you want and don’t have you become a lot happier.
We live in a world where the only consciousness the people in control want is that in terms of consumption and production. They want us to be aware of the latest hot items and trends so we consume them and make them money.
Nowadays we get satisfaction from getting things. But we are more happy about the act of getting and the act of acheiving rather than the thing we are getting. It’s all about social status and stroking the ego.
You get the new iPhone and soon enough you are bored of it and it’s just another phone and you’re ready for the next thing.
The sad truth about this is if you keep living like this and are unaware of it you can never be truly happy. All of the happiness is short term and it will be impossible for you to ever be satisfied.
With all the technological advancements nowadays you can get just about everything you want. Free movies, music, Amazon packages, clothes, etc. Everything is instant. So we think that everything in life is just instant happiness. But it’s not.
To create a life in which you are truly happy and satisfied it takes effort and hard work. But nowadays we aren’t used to those two things. We have technology do everything for us.
Everything is in short bursts and our attention spans are very minimal.
When doing things to improve our lives such as exercising or eating healthier; if we don’t see immediate results we automatically think it isn’t worth it and we ditch it and go back to a more comfortable lifestyle with instant gratification.
Your life becomes super unfulfilling when you expect everything to come super easy.
We are all aware that we are capable of so much more. We know we could be healthier, stronger, smarter, etc. But if we can’t get those things instantly we don’t bother putting in the effort. Everyone is looking for that magic pill to become healthier and skinnier. But if there is no effort then there is no true reward and satisfaction.
Working your ass off and making $100,000 is so much more rewarding than doing nothing and having the money handed to you.
Successful people are those who are willing to do what others won’t.
That is all that separates successful people from unsuccessful people.
Successful people put in the work.
Moral of the story is; you have to work hard for the things you want, and appreciate the things you already have.
To be more grateful, make sure to make a list of things you are grateful for in your life right now. Take time to appreciate how far you’ve come. Stop taking all of the great things around you for granted. Realize that all those other things you are striving for won’t bring you true happiness if you don’t take time to appreciate them.
Some other things you can do to increase your will power and improve your life are: