It’s common to think this way but did you know that happiness is a feeling that can happen at any moment in our daily lives?
We don’t need to wait for a future situation, goal or dream to manifest before we feel happy. In fact, sometimes we might get to that “perfect” moment of having a dream house, holiday or achieving our dream job and still feel unhappy.
It is important to not depend on a single idealistic moment to make us feel happier. Often what can happen is we can experience symptoms of anger, stress, anxiety, or depression, when do not achieve our dream or when we achieve a goal but still lack satisfaction.
This blog will give some ideas on how to cultivate happiness in daily life, rather than waiting for that moment of achieving a dream home, career, dream job or an idealistic moment. This can help to minimise the feelings of despair, anxiety, stress or anger that comes with feelings of “lack”.
#1 Nurture gratitude
Nurture gratitude, gratitude may be one of the most overlooked tools that we all have access to every day. Cultivating gratitude doesn’t cost any money and it certainly doesn’t take much time, but the benefits are enormous.
Simply take a few moments to focus on all that you have – rather than complain about all the things you think you deserve. This can improve our mental health and well-being by reducing stress, anxiety or panic - developing an “attitude of gratitude”.
#2 Live in the present moment
To live in the moment, you need to focus on the now. Remaining in the present moment is going to require a degree of effort and commitment.
Start by spending a few moments each morning reminding yourself that you need to enjoy the day for what it is and make the most of it.
#3 Get support when you need it
If you are not feeling at peace with your life, if you are experiencing stress and anxiety that is overwhelming, or you just sense that having someone to talk to could affect real change in your life, then now could be the right time to work with a therapist such as Karin Young Counselling.
There are different causes for seeking therapy, all equally valid and significant. There is no hierarchy as to what issue therapy is best suited for - we are all unique, and emotional and mental stress is not a mathematical ratio.
Nurturing gratitude, living in the moment and getting counselling when it is needed are all small yet effective things we can use to cultivate and develop happiness.
Karin Young Counselling, encourage you to explore the tips that resonate the most with you and set the intention to incorporate happiness into your everyday life.
But, developing happiness may not be so simple for everyone and counselling might be helpful to get through difficult emotions like anxiety, stress, anger or depression. If you need additional support, please contact Karin Young Counselling.