“ If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal,
not to people or things “.
1879 – 1955
“ Happiness is when what you think, what you
say, and what you do are in harmony “.
1869 – 1948
“ Happiness depends upon ourselves “.
384 BC – 322 BC
“ There is only one way to happiness,
and that is to cease worrying about things
which are beyond the power of our will “.
c. 55 – 135 AD
Arcadia, from the Greek province dating
back to Mediterranean classical era,
between the 8th century BC and the 5th
It means a halcyon place of pristine and
untouched wasteland, teeming with harmony,
tranquillity, empathy, kindness and
It is something like the Garden of Eden, the
Paradise, which is elusive and unattainable.
Happiness is a very personal thing,
and something that can be achieved by
anyone, who is prepared to make all the
necessary changes and readjustments to:
- their general attitude towards life,
- their environment, and
- their various relationships and other
By being a happy person you can anticipate
better overall health, living a longer life, as
well as personal and professional success.
Achieving happiness is not something easy
and quick; but a long and hard process.
Still, at the end it will make a huge difference
between having an uninspired, dull and
and a fulfilled, successful and happy one.
Becoming a really happy person is a very
special skill you will have to develop.
You will need to stop hesitating and delaying
doing all the things you should, or pretending
and giving different excuses all the time.
Basically, you will need to leave behind your
comfortable and easy way of life;
and take all he necessary steps to follow your
dreams and other interests with absolute
determination, enthusiasm and strong
Consequently, the sooner you start, the
better and easier this process will be.
Here are some principles for you to adopt in
order to enjoy a wonderful and fascinating life.
a) Keep your mind under control.
Overcome your negative thinking by recognising
the problem, and handling it appropriately.
See the good side of things, smile, laugh and
If necessary, change your beliefs.
b) Put all your problems right.
Issues that are causing you unhappiness
need to be fixed as soon as possible.
For every problem there is always a solution;
and you must be able to find it.
If there is no solution to an issue, then it is
not a problem, but a fact of life — something
you will need to ignore or accept.
c) Do not have high expectations regarding
your goal and intentions;
because they can finish up in various unpredictable
ways, but still satisfactory.
d) Feel very grateful for all the things you
have in your life.
Consider that it could have always been much
worse like, no house to live, unemployment
and lack of money, loneliness, serious
e) Have an interesting, inspiring and motivating
life purpose, that will enhance the possibilities
for you to have a happy life.
f) Take simple, but regular exercise like
walking every day.
A daily workout will be releasing endorphins
in your brain; and as a consequence, you
will be feeling peaceful, contented and happier.
g) Take chances, be fearless, ignore what
other people do or say, trust yourself, and work
hard for what you want to achieve for yourself.
h) Never feel sorry for yourself or for
whatever has happened in your past.
Never feel sorry for any failures you have
experienced until now.
Because all those have given you knowledge,
understanding, wisdom and strength;
as well as making you powerful for what is
i) Spend time only with the right people.
People who are positive, supportive and
really happy themselves.
j) Be kind and caring to yourself and the
Always defend and protect yourself;
and forgive whoever has hurt you in any way.
k) Practice relaxation techniques like, deep
breathing, meditation, short breaks from
whatever you are doing;
in order to clear your mind and calm down.
l) Spend at least twenty minutes (20) outdoors
Especially near the water, sea or lake, in spring
weather conditions; in order to boost your mood,
thinking, memory and overall happiness.
m) Sleep at least six (6) hours every night;
because it affects your positivity level.
If you are sleep deprived you will become more
sensitive to negative emotions, and general
Always try to respect and trust your goals.
Enjoy your life, and find the right balance
between preparing for the future and living
in the present moment; before it is too late.
Do appreciate what you have now, instead
of keep looking constantly for something
different, thinking that it might be better.
Pursuing happiness is a genetic desire of
all human beings.
According to research, though, setting your
happiness as your main goal, can actually
have the opposite effect, and make you
This is so because, putting all your time and
effort to achieving happiness, not only you will
finally miss living your life in the present
moment; but also, you will never ever know
whether you have actually approached your
Because definite and exact happiness is a
mystery, and it depends completely on your
own personal viewpoint, understanding and
Also note that, after middle age most people
start feeling happier naturally.
According to research, older people develop
different approach to life as:
1) Hunting for specific circumstances that
will excite, uplift and inspire them.
2) Eliminating negative social connections,
and associating only with positive ones.
3) Leaving behind all their past failures,
and feeling free to pursue their current general
well being, satisfaction, tranquillity and
4) Focus and remember only positive situations
and experiences, ignoring all the negative ones.
Happiness is your own personal choice.