10 Behaviors that Block Happiness
We all seek that elusive quality of “happiness.” Here are some things you can place your awareness on and STOP so you can be happier.
- Impressing. What you have —your possessions, your accomplishments—don’t result in real relationship or lasting happiness.
- Blaming. Your response to any situation is your choice. Try making it a learning opportunity—taking responsibility is empowering.
- Controlling. It doesn't help you feel good about yourself. Honor your boundaries, but make space for others' needs and choices, too.
- Criticizing. We are all unique and different, not better or worse. Appreciate the differences instead of zeroing in on shortcomings.
- Whining. Complaining is ineffective, whereas asking for what you want is liberating.
- Clinging to what is known. When you’re feeling afraid or insecure, be willing to let go of the familiar, take a risk and try something new.
- Being Ungrateful. Stay aware of all the gifts and blessings that you do have. Express gratitude and happiness will follow.
- Preaching. Another form of judging. Find more fun and empowering ways to share your knowledge.
- Negative Self-talk. Train yourself to notice your mind's chatter. Working towards changing negative thoughts to positive ones will transform your life.
- Fear. Don’t let fear get in the way of progress. Whatever you’ve been dreaming, get going on it. "Feel the fear and do it anyway."