Everybody wants to be happy, instantly and for all the time. However, we all know that happiness requires work and overcoming challenges. Learn how to overcome some of them.
Happiness And Challenges Explained
Before I describe the six challenges you need to overcome to be happy, let me explain what happiness and challenges are.
In the case of happiness, let’s take the simplest dictionary definition.
Happiness is that feeling that comes over you when you know life is good and you can’t help but smile. It’s the opposite of sadness. Happiness is a sense of well-being, joy, or contentment. When people are successful, or safe, or lucky, they feel happiness.Vocabulary.com
And what are the areas in which you can be happy? Let me list only some of them:
- your family,
- your relationships with other people,
- your body and fitness,
- your spiritual life.
Now let’s look at your challenges. In general, they can be divided into two categories:
They result from the environment, they do not depend on you. For example, you have no control over the weather or the economy. You are not responsible for them, but for the actions taken, e.g. evacuation and preparation for the worst.
They, on the other hand, are all the hurdles within yourself. In general, your thinking, beliefs and attitude are in this bag, you have total control over them and it is up to you if happiness will be your state of mind, body and soul.
Now let’s come to the point and explain what challenges you need to overcome to become a happy person:
1. Happy People Can Be Overwhelmed
Being overwhelmed is a natural state of mind, but not necessarily positive. Out of the blue, you realise that there is too much to be done or that there is an issue so hard that it overwhelms you totally.
How To Overcome Being Overwhelmed
Choose one, the most important thing that needs urgent attention. What can you do about it right now? Make a plan in writing and begin to do the first task. When you finish, move to the next one.
2. Happy People Face Discouragement
Discouragement means that you are either disappointed yourself with the results of your performance, or someone else has demotivated you. Whichever the case is, take some action to be happy again.
How To Overcome Discouragement
In the case of disappointment, find out the reason as quickly as possible. Then, instantly take massive action to eliminate this reason. In the case when others discourage you, do your best to eliminate contact with such people or even cut off totally. Pay attention to their destructive criticism – not to take it into account.
3. Happy People Can Be Alone In Their Endeavours
Most of society is unhappy and unfortunately, the majority would like to bring down all to that state of dismal and negativity. Therefore, at least at the beginning, you may have to cope with your happiness on your own.
How To Overcome Loneliness
Do your best to find like-minded people as soon as possible, so that you will be stronger in a group, supported by your friends. Sharing the same ideas and motivating each other is beneficial and makes the whole group happy even more.
4. Not Knowing How To Solve Problems
Sometimes you may feel stuck and just not know how to solve a given problem which is a quick road to helplessness. Successful and happy people do their best to find the solution straightaway.
How To Find A Solution
Take a piece of paper. At the top, write down the problem. Then without thinking, list at least 20 solutions. Do not evaluate them then. Probably the last ones will be the most appropriate remedies. Pick up one and get busy working on it until you solve the problem. If this option is not effective, choose another from the list and work on it.
5. Lack of Resources
We are all co-dependent. In other words, no one is totally self-sufficient in everything. Therefore, lack of resources is not a disaster, you are not the only one struggling with this challenge. The good news is that you can attract and find the necessary resources.
How To Acquire Resources
Firstly, create them in your head, by visualisation, affirmation and thinking about them all the time (but not about their lack!). Then, make a list who could give you some of their resources and how you can acquire them. Do not forget to define the price, what you will give in return.
6. Unexpected Changes In life
This challenge is inevitable. Nothing is constant, instead, change. It simply means that you need to react to changes, adjusting to them. There is no magic pill to keep the status quo.
How To Adjust To Changes
In the shortest – prepare and react. Sometimes you can forecast the upcoming changes, e.g. the weather, growing older, consequences of an unhealthy lifestyle. Then you prepare an emergency plan, what to do to minimise the negative consequences of these changes. You can use all your and other people’s resources and above all, your mind.
However, sometimes changes are unpredictable, you have no control what will happen. Then your mind and life experience will be your biggest assets. Create a positive outcome and do your best to turn around the situation. You can do it.
Look at your life. What is your biggest problem at the moment? Make the list of obstacles to win, helpful people to support you and set a realistic goal with an achievable action plan. Then take the first step to achieve the goal.
In a Nutshell
As you can see, being a happy person does not mean having any problems and challenges. But whatever you are facing, as a happy person you can overcome this obstacle or peacefully accept and make the most of it.