8 Secrets to Happiness and Finding Your Authentic Self
Life is going to throw us a few reminders along our journey often designed to remind us of how small we really are. These eight secrets are strategies I have personally used in times of extreme stress. I have also prescribed many of these secrets to clients to assist them in re-aligning with their authentic selves.
1.Have a routine throughout the day as well as your week. Otherwise, the world can become pretty confusing. Make sure that you design your routine so that it is trailed with seeds of personal meaning throughout the day, and allow flexibility and unpredictability in.
2.Allow yourself to be vulnerable to failure as well as rejection. Make sure to take a healthy risk every week that makes you feel uncomfortable. For some people that risk might be to make a cold call for work, and for others it may mean looking into the mirror and reminding yourself that you are loved.
3.Be grateful. The most challenging aspect of being grateful is to find a deeper meaning in what you are grateful for. It is critical to search for your unique personal lesson in life’s events that fuels your personal growth. Even when life throws you tragic circumstances, which it will if you are breathing, you should work to find the lesson in which you are grateful for that experience.
4.Surround yourself with people that allow themselves to be emotionally vulnerable, however are self-aware as well.
5.Practice creativity. Make a point to always have something that you are learning outside of your work and home life, so that you can see your own progress evolve. Even activities like learning Photoshop or how to edit videos on your computer can become very fulfilling experiences, and are key to becoming unstuck.
6.Volunteer and help those less fortunate than yourself.
7.Listen to your body. You’ve already trained your brain to trick yourself.
8.Realize that happiness is just a glimpse of a feeling within a brief moment. Don’t get caught up when it fades away, just keep designing an authentic meaningful life and happiness will have more living space when it comes back to visit.
Ryan G. Beale, MA, TLLP is the CEO and founder of Therapy.Live. He is a licensed Psychotherapist and author of the book Forty Days Off Facebook.