The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams. - Oprah
A few weeks ago, we looked at finding happiness at work by using the PERMA model - the theory of wellbeing - to provide practical ways to apply its components in your work life, which you can check out here.
Today, we're going to look at how to be happy in your personal life.
Believe it or not, 40% of happiness is genetic. So, our joy and attitudes can be attributed to our genes.
But how can we control our happiness and seek contentment and satisfaction in our everyday life? This can be broken down into a few different aspects:
1. Pursue Personal, Self-Rewarding Goals
One way to achieve happiness is rewarding yourself after completing goals or tasks. Give yourself a little treat after finishing the things you set out to do. This can be treating yourself after a long day of work, completing chores, and doing things you've been putting off.
2. Focus on community growth
Explore your city and engage in your community by volunteering or supporting small businesses and local artists. Community engagement gives us a sense of togetherness and belonging, plus we become happier by helping others.
3. Driven by internal reward
Allow yourself to be ambitious and work hard to get to where you want to go by challenging yourself to be the best you can be. Completing tasks and working to the best of your ability gives you the satisfaction of a job well done instead of needing someone else's validation.
4. Driven by the enjoyment of the activity
Embrace activities you love and soak in new experiences. Always appreciate the feeling and feel connected to your environment.
Life is a journey. Enjoy the moment and embrace the process. When you live your life wide open, you can allow yourself to be free to learn how to make yourself happy.