How To Be Happy In An Unhappy World In 7 Easy Steps

Can we be happy in this crazy world? Speaking of the world today as a place of happiness appears to just be “Pollyanna” positive thinking, not dealing with reality.

When we consider the present world, there’s much poverty and persecution on one side. In America, poverty is minimal and the ‘persecution’ is verbal. We would think, then, that America would be happier. But, generally, no.

1. Gratitude for the Blessings

What we find is those in poverty are grateful for every gift, every blessing, every morsel of food, every day of life. They are happy! They have joy! However, in America few are satisfied. There’s envy, grudges, the struggle for more money, power, and status. People are most stressed and worried.

How can someone who has, basically, nothing be happier than one with everything (or the potential for it)? They find happiness within themselves, yet they’re not concerned with only themselves. They are selfless and generous. These people find happiness in life every day, appreciating each meal, each moment.

They know the truth, they know the reality of eternity. Moreover, they’re patient and trustful. Can a wealthy country learn from a “third-world” country? Not in technology, true. Not in politics, no. Probably not in infrastructure, maintenance, or most other areas. But can we learn from the people, the strong souls? YES!

The old adage, ‘There are no atheists in foxholes’ is accurate. Those in ‘third-world’ countries are in ‘fox holes’ and continue to hope. They believe in eternity and what it offers. Also, they know their current situation is temporary. Hope makes them strong.

2. People of Hope

We in America are spoiled. Many have no idea of the struggle we once endured that made us the amazing country we are. We once were also a people of hope… and belief… and love. But, today, most Americans have lost all sense of Faith. It hardly exists. Many of those who do ‘believe,’ don’t live their faith. Thus, the lack of hope—and, as a result, the lack of love. Charity is rarely observed.

Comments on social media are appalling. Hate and name-calling are prominent. People are quick to criticize and judge. Worse, they’re quick to attack. There is little attempt to understand. What good can come of it? Does the hate satisfy? Does criticism bring internal joy? Absolutely not! It hurts us—in many ways.

3. Step Over Criticism

Eleanor Roosevelt said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your permission.” So, even if we are criticized or called names, we don’t have to respond similarly. We don’t need to feel offended by those who insult us, showing their ignorance. We can rise above, pause, breath, smile—knowing the insult is untrue, that the name doesn’t apply.  “Let it go” and ignore the ignorant.

We can be faith-filled, hopeful, caring people again. We can build up our faith in an eternal Deity. People can learn to trust. It’ll make a change in attitude, a realization that hate and unrest are upsetting in themselves and within us, hindering, hurting. A change requires yearning for peace, especially internal peace. Isn’t that what we all truly desire?

4. Calm Down In Order To Be Happy

In the recent movie, “Rampage,” the gorilla, “George,” would get upset and his trainer motioned for him to calm down. In the former condition, George was dangerous. When the trainer insisted George calm down, George would respond, calm down, and be able to listen and be reasoned with. Then, he was also the means for doing good!

We’re the same. If we’re upset, we cannot think clearly. So, doing good is the last thing we consider or even want at the time. But we must act like humans and make ourselves calm down to be able to consider all sides of an issue or situation—and then act and react reasonably, fairly. We can all seek and find that peace of mind and heart if we truly desire it. How can we not desire it?

5. We all have faults

No matter what we think, we’re no better than the other person. They may be faulty in an obvious way—but we are faulty in another way.
Continual fretting, constant upset– about political issues and every item on social media which the media and some famous people encourage– affects attitudes, relationships, and also health! It damages bodies internally, causes pain, worsens conditions, and eventually can even kill. Worse, it can erupt in battles with others and someone getting seriously hurt. No good can come of it.

But, also, something few consider today is how it damages the soul. The soul lasts past death into eternity. If we all considered that what we do today in this life determines how we spend ‘forever,’ there would be less pain and less hate in this world.

6. Striving for happiness

So, let’s work on getting along, not jump to conclusions, consider the pros and cons of each issue and the motivations of each side. We should ask ourselves:  Why am I so upset about this? What is the source of the underlying grief I feel? Even if we don’t believe in eternity, we will be happier in this world if we realize we are not “all that!” We’re just another person striving for happiness—may be in the wrong way.

What can happen when we ignore the ignorant, let go of pride, strive for peace, seek hope, and practice love? We will be more productive, more successful—at our job, in our family, with friends, in life. We will be happier in this world. Then, if there’s an eternity, we’ll certainly find ourselves in an even happier place!

7. Is there an eternity?

Blaise Pascal said, “I would rather live as if there was a God and die to find out there isn’t than to live as if there isn’t and find out there is.” It’s called Blaise’s Wager. Blaise was a mathematician, a philosopher, a theologian, a physicist! So, he wasn’t ignorant! He was a wise man providing advice we would do good to follow.

Author’s Bio

Monica Walker

Monica Walker is a wife of 50 yrs, mother of 5, grandmother of 23. Region Manager at Augustine Institute. Manager & Mortgage Underwriter at Bank of America. Published freelance author — various local publications including weekly and monthly entries in church publications. Author — three books almost ready to publish. Poet and Songwriter–ninety songs ready to submit. “Outstanding Young Woman of America”. Guest on televised Business Awakenings show. Multiple, various awards at Bank of America and Augustine Institute. Volunteer for church and small-town activities. Monica lives in the United States.

5 Ways to Escape Routine: Recharge Your Mental Batteries

These days, many people find that the daily stresses of life leave them feeling overwhelmed, irritated, and anxious. If this is the case for you, now is the time to tap into the power of finding ways to escape your daily routine and recharge your mental batteries.

While there are many strategies you could implement to accomplish this objective, you may find the following techniques uniquely effective:

1. Go Mountain Biking.

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One great way to escape your regular routine and recharge your mental batteries is by mountain biking. This strategy is effective because it enables you to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. Additionally, mountain biking empowers you to engage in a great form of physical activity which functions as a form of cardiovascular exercise. This benefit is incredibly important because we now live in a sedentary society where many people do not attain the daily recommended amount of physical activity. Failing to attain the right amount of exercise can make you susceptible to a wide range of unwanted diseases, some of which include depression, diabetes, and cancer.

If you’re looking for a great bike to use when you go on your mountain biking trip, you may want to consider an off-the-wall Genesis mountain bike I wholeheartedly recommend. Do not take the process of finding the right bike lightly. Some bikes come with a wide range of features which will ensure that you are comfortable during your bike ride.

2. Indoor Mountain Climbing.

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Another great strategy you can implement to recharge yourself mentally is indoor mountain climbing. This approach is empowering because the physical activity will help release endorphins and chemicals in the body that promote feelings of calm and happiness. An added benefit of indoor mountain climbing is that it can help you get in shape. Another positive outcome that can result from indoor mountain climbing is increased upper body strength. The great changes that you attain through regular mountain climbing can help optimize your self-confidence in addition to fighting stress and generating mental rejuvenation.

3. Massage.

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A third technique that you can implement to recharge your mental batteries is massage. While many people think massage is a luxury activity that you engage in when you go on vacation and visit a spa, you can actually engage in massages to relieve stress and promote mental clarity. Massages have several other wonderful health benefits, some of which include enhanced digestion, better circulation, and improved sleep quality.

When you start looking for the right massage therapist, make sure that you select an individual who has attained the proper licensing and certification. This step will ensure that you are attaining assistance from an individual who has the experience and education necessary to offer you the customized, cutting edge services you deserve. You can do internet research to learn more about a massage therapist’s background and whether they are qualified to assist you. Be sure to carefully read through a wide range of a massage firm’s online reviews so you can gain a general understanding of whether the company is viewed in a positive light.

4. Self-Hypnosis.

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Self-hypnosis is likely not a stress relief strategy that you have considered. Yet while it may seem a bit out of the ordinary or entirely odd, self-hypnosis can be an incredibly effective way to recharge yourself mentally. As noted in Forbes, you can engage in a form of self-hypnosis that involves finding a quiet region in your living space and then repeating affirmations within yourself. While this might seem like pseudoscience, many people find that this technique helps them break negative thinking patterns that exacerbate stress levels.

Keep in mind that the positive thinking that transpires within the self-hypnosis process can have several other life-enhancing benefits. An example would be improved emotional intelligence and heightened self-awareness. As noted in “Positive Thinking Helped Me Secure a Great Job,” positive thinking can also empower you to evaluate negative emotions and gain a deeper understanding of why you feel the way you do.

5. Boxing.

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One final strategy you can deploy to recharge yourself mentally is boxing. This technique is empowering because the pummeling motion of the physical activity coupled with the spread of lactic acid through your muscle tissue work to effectively combat anxiety. There are numerous strategies you can implement to start attaining the great benefits that result from boxing. One of them is purchasing a boxing DVD and practicing this form of activity in the privacy of your own home. You may also want to consider hiring a personal trainer to teach you boxing moves. This technique can be particularly empowering for a beginner who has little to no experience because you’ll be able to attain individual attention and constructive criticism from a knowledgeable professional.

Don’t Delay: Start Recharging Your Mental Batteries Today!

If you’re serious about leading a life marked by mental health, now is the time to implement the behavioral changes that will help you do so. You can implement some or all of the strategies listed above to break up the normalcy of your current routine so that you can optimize your cognitive well-being.

Written by Amanda Wilks: Amanda is an online contributor to several prestigious publications. For more similar articles and additional details, go on Twitter @AmandaWilks01.

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