Don’t sabotage your own happiness by overlooking these 8 things

Don’t sabotage your own happiness by overlooking these 8 things

via the Huffington Post by Ann Davis

How do you get happy?

Some people say that if you visualize happiness, you'll be happy. Does that mean if you visualize a castle, you can have that too?

Here's another one.

If you have negative thoughts, you're doomed. Toast.

That's scary, right?

Maybe you strive to stay happy by reading inspiring blogs and self-help books and visualizing positive things.

That right there is hard, isn't it?

Happiness is good for health. And positive thoughts are great because they give you a positive outlook on life. Negative thoughts, however, can confirm the worst-case scenario that any pessimist might imagine. And trying to avoid negative thoughts is like trying to run away from life.

But here's a secret.

According to Daniel Gilbert, you can change your happiness by being optimistic and adding actions on your to-do list.

How To Eliminate Obstacles Blocking Your Happiness.

1. Purchasing products

Spending money on things doesn't make you happy. A desire for new things develops as soon as you attain what you wanted. The more things you desire, the less happy you become.

Instead of spending money on things, use it to visit people who make you happy. Surrounding yourself with happy people will make you happy because happiness is contagious.

2. Practicing gratitude

Ingratitude holds you hostage to your past. All you see are the negatives and "should haves" instead of "can bes."

If you have food and no money for leisure, be grateful that you're not starving.

Good is in every situation if you approach it with a grateful mind. Being thankful for what you have makes you a happier person…

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