Everyone wants to be happy and have the sweet feeling of inner peace in their lives, but not everyone is able to achieve it. However, if you really want inner peace and true happiness, you can obtain it.
A peace above all earthly dignities, a still and quiet conscience – William Shakespeare
Here are 10 ways to help find inner peace and happiness:
1. Do the hardest things on your list first of all
Lots of people have a list of things they have to get done every day. Many people figure that they may as well get all the easy and simple tasks done first and then tackle the hard ones. However, if you want to be happier, then it’s actually better to do the hardest thing on your list first. That way it’s completed and you no longer have to worry about how hard it is and you have more peace of mind the rest of the day.
2. Don’t dwell on what you can’t control
No one likes it when you have a great plan for a fun day with friends to do something you love like go on a picnic, go to a friend’s home, party, etc., and then suddenly your boss calls you into work or maybe it starts pouring down with rain and the game is cancelled. Instead of getting all mad and upset and having a pity party, because these things are not under our control. Don’t get traumatized by what you can’t control, just make the best of it and know that you can have your fun later on after it is done.
3. Don’t be concerned about what other people think
Lots of people get worried about what other people thing about them and get frightened to do things in public like speak or to try a new skill, etc. You shouldn’t worry about what others think because their opinion doesn’t control your life. You will only gain inner peace and happiness by living your life to the fullest and not being concerned about other’s opinion of you.
4. Forgive yourself and others
You can’t get inner peace and happiness by holding grudges or being angry at yourself or someone else forever. It’s necessary to learn to forgive people for their trespasses and to forgive yourself for any perceived wrongs as well. People who hold a grudge become bitter and eventually dislike everything and are never truly happy. So take the plunge and learn to forgive and have a much happier life.
5. Have humility and stay positive
We should always be humble and be happy for what we have, as there are always people worse off than we are in the world. If you stay positive and do not think negatively you will have inner peace and happiness. No one likes the boastful and arrogant people in the world, so don’t be like them. Instead, be peaceful, respectful and nice to everyone you meet and give help when you are able to and you will be happier in this world.
6. Make someone happy with a gift
It can also help to gain some inner happiness by making someone else happy. It feels good to do something nice for another person by doing some actions such as giving them a small gift. See the radiant smile on their face and make yourself feel good all deep inside your soul. Giving to others brings peace and multiplies your own happiness and self-reward. It doesn’t have to be an expensive present either, it could be something as simple as a plate of cookies to a new neighbor to welcome them to the area or doing some errands. Giving is rewarding and it will make you feel happy and serene!
7. Go with the flow
Going with the flow means learning how to take each thing as it comes and not worrying about everything. Life is complicated enough without worrying about bad things, so try to keep smiling even if things seem bad and it will help you handle the bad times that may come your way. Stay calm and steady and you will find the inner peace to overcome your problems.
8. Remember that peace and happiness doesn’t come from possessions
Some people think that in order to be happy you have to own all the best things, the biggest car, the most expensive house, all the new electronic gadgets, and the list goes on and on. However, even if they have the money to buy all of this, sometimes they are still full of woe. What they haven’t figured out is that these things are not what brings true inner peace and happiness into our lives. That is done by the love we have for our family and friends, as well as the simple things in life like a lick on the hand by a beloved pet, a cat’s purr, a beautiful flower or that perfect cup of tea or coffee.
9. Learn to love yourself
If you want true happiness and inner peace you have to make friends with yourself. If you don’t have a good relationship with yourself, then you aren’t going to be able to have satisfying relationship with others. You have to live with yourself your whole life so why be miserable and dislike yourself? It’s vital to love yourself and have faith in your own abilities as that will help you have it in other things too.
10. Learn not to be fearful
No one can achieve happiness and inner peace if they are always afraid of everything that happens or could happen. If you worry about everything then you will never be truly happy in life. Fear causes stress and stress causes physical and mental problems that keep us from happiness and peace. So, learn not to be afraid of everything and learn to worry less. Soon you will be experiencing much more peace and happiness in your life.
Yes, we can find inner peace and happiness, just do these ten things and soon you will notice more of it in your life!
As human beings we all want to be happy and free from misery. We have learned that the key to happiness is inner peace. The greatest obstacles to inner peace are disturbing emotions such as anger, attachment, fear and suspicion, while love and compassion and a sense of universal responsibility are the sources of peace and happiness. – Dalai Lama